• Prisons, Pipeline, KCB win Africa Club openers

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  • Mercy Moim one of the Key Prisons players in action at the Africa Club event.(Photo:File)Mercy Moim one of the Key Prisons players in action at the Africa Club event.(Photo:File)
May 11, 2012-

Defending champions, Kenya Prison, National champions Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) all sealed wins on the opening day of the Africa Volleyball Club Championships, Thursday at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani and Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi.

Prisons sailed past V.C Canon of Democratic Republic of Congo in straight sets to take charge of pool B. Prison won the first set 25-10 but a more resurgent Canon came out strong in the second set which they narrowly lost (19-25) after some laxity from the David Lung’aho charges.

The wardresses quickly fixed their mistakes and came into the third set with all guns blazing with some good display from the side’s tournament captain Brackcedis Agala and Mercy Moim.

“We did not lose concentration in the second half, they (Canon) got better in the second half, we wanted a win to open for us the road to the title, this will give us a lot of motivation,” said Prison head coach Lung’aho who also played the same team in 2008.

Evelyn Makuto did not disappoint to treat fans with her traditional hard spikes, occasionally releasing the tradition hard balls to the opposite end which the opponents couldn’t block coupled with some brilliance of Mercy Moim, Lydia Maiyo and Diana Khisa did not make things any easier for the DRC representatives who lost the third set 13-25.

At Kasarani KenyaPipeline also started their title quest on a high note, seeing off Manga Sport of Gabon by straight sets to go top of group A.

Munala side registered an easy 3-0 (25-2, 25-14, 25-4) sets over Gabonese side with some outstanding performances coming from setter Janet Wanja and libero Mildred Oduako. Gabonese were laxed conceding out easy balls characterized by poor service and blocking but Munala on the other hand did not take chances starting with a strong squad which included Asha Makuto who played her first competitive match after a year absence from the court with a broken leg.

He then brought in Roseline Odhiambo, Monica Chepkemboi and Wanja in the second set. Another Kenyan representative, KCB which is pooled in group C also won their first match with straight sets 3-0 of 25-9, 25-9,25-15 to keep their chances of finishing better than the 12th position they posted in the same completion last year.

In other matches, Mafolofolo of Botswana needed 1 hour 44 minutes to overcome with the Botswana’s club came from behind to beat DC Motema Pembe (DCMP) of Congo 3-1(26-24, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17) in the first match of pool B played at the Africa Nazarene University.

Blue Angels from Nigeria beat DGSP from Congo 3-0 (25-23, 25-21,25-15) Pembe were the first to pull the trigger winning a closely fought first set (26-24) after the two teams tied (13-13) at the first time out called by Mafolofolo head coach Mannaesi Kagiso before the two teams tied again at 17-17, 24-24 with some good display coming from Tsholefelo Retshabila who is familiar with the Nazarene gymnasium having played here last year during the FIVB World Cup qualifiers with their national team and Dipolelo Chizala.

The games continue Friday with Prisons taking on Jeshi of Tanzania .

Day one results:

Mafolofolo 3-1 (24-26, 25-13, 25-20,25-17)DC Motema Pembe (DCMP), Pipeline 3-0(25-2,25-4,25-4) Manga Sport, Water Sport 3-0 (25-20, 25-22,25-18) Steff, Prison 3-0 (25-10, 25-19, 25-13) Canon, KCB 3-0 (25-9, 25-9,25-15) Stella, Blue Angels 3-0 (25-23, 25-21,25-15) DGSP.

 

Elvince Joshua

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