Kenya , Algeria winners on African Day at World Grand Prix

29 June 2015

 Mexico, June 28, 2015- Kenya swopped position with Mexico, moving one place up to fifth in the eight nations, Group 3 FIVB women's world Grand Prix standing after winning their second match 3-2 (25-16, 20-25, 21-25, 25-17 19-9) against Mexico yesterday in Monterrey, Mexico.


Kenya had lost by straight sets to Peru in their opening match Saturday, a match which was characterized by poor reception but the newly crowned Africa Champions recovered from the upset to compel the hosts, Mexico to a second lose in two meeting between the two sides in these games.


Cuba, Kazhakstan, Peru and Colombia occupies the first four positions in that order with six points respectively.


Kenya must win all their remaining matches, starting with Colombia tonight then, Australia, Algeria and again Mexico to have any realistic chances of progressing to the third round to be held in Australia next month.


With a much improved match statistics, Malkia Striker cut Mexico's 2-1 set advantage in the fourth set to to force the game into a tiebreaker which they easily won 15-9 with both teams going head to head 4-4, 8-8 in a tensed deciding set.


This time round, Kenya had a better attack of 56 to Mexico's 47 but coach David Lung'aho will have to rectify his block in his last pool O match against Colombia tonight having managed only eight block against Mexico's 13.


Mercy Moim was Kenya’s best scorer with 16 points while Ruth Jepng’etich had 14 points. Captain Bracksides Khadambi had 13 points, Evelyn Makuto had 11 points substitute Lydia Maiyo had 9 points after coming in for Esther Wangeci in the second set. Wangeci managed 5 points while setter Jane Wacu contributed 4 points.


Mexico's Andrea Rangel was the top scorer of the match with 20 points. This was the second straight meet for the two sides with Kenyan having beaten Mexico 3-1 in their debut appearance last year. Kenya will next play against Colombia on Sunday before traveling to Algeria for the second leg next week.


Algeria overcome Australia for first World Grand Prix win


Taldykorgan, Kazhakstan, 28 June, 2015 - Algeria won their first ever World Grand Prix match, beating Australia 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-13) in Pool N, with Redouani Amina leading the way as the only player from either side to score in double figures.


Neither side had won a World Grand Prix match and in their second season, Australia led at the first TTO of the opening set after a decent serve from Katarina Osadchuk. Successive aces from Kahin Abouche helped Algeria swing the advantage to 16-12 at the next TTO and in their third World Grand Prix season, they went on to take the set 25-19.


The early stages of the second were level, until Australia's errors put them behind and Algeria led 13-7. The Volleyroos then rallied and worked their way back into the match to level at 19-19. Georgina Rowe was prominent for Australia as they took a 21-19 lead, but Algeria wouldn't be denied at took a commanding 2-0 lead with a 25-22 second-set win.


Redouani was a force in the third set on her way to 12 points for the match and scored to give Algeria a 16-12 lead. From there Algeria barely gave Australia a chance and they won the third set 25-13, to take the match 3-0 and celebrate their first FIVB World Grand Prix victory. The 3-0 win ensures Algeria also increases their total set wins from three to six in the competition.




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