Ahly, GSP and Dark horses Vision complete quarterfinal line up at Women's African Club Champs

29 March 2015

2015 Women's African Club Championship- Day 3  

 

 

 Cairo, Egypt, March 29, 2015- Giants Ahly and organisers Shams both from Egypt, Defending champions GS Petroliers of Algeria, FAP of Cameroon, Revenue Authority of Rwanda and Uganda's Vision booked their tickets to the quarterfinal of the 2015 Women's African Club Championship following the third and last day of the preliminary round held at October Hall in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday.

 

 The 6 teams will be joined by Kenya Pipeline and Tunisia's Carthage who already secured their qualification tickets earlier on Saturday.

 

 Hosts Shams of Egypt set their second win against Saltigue of Senegal 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-16) to lead Pool A followed by Revenue Authority of Rwanda who were in rest, but secured their tickets to the quarterfinal. Saltigue ended their campaign at the third position.

 

 Ahly of Egypt overpowered Kenya Commercial Bank "KCB" 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-23) to lead Pool B followed by GSP second as both teams proceeded to the quarters leaving KCB in the third position.

 

 Pipeline already secured the top of Pool C with 2 victories ahead of FAP who claimed their first win against Kutlwano of Botswana 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) as both teams confirmed top 8 finish.

 

 Pool D featured a third win for Carthage of Tunisia over Injis (Cameroon) 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-19) to top the pool as the only team in the competition to have three victories. Vision wrote the history after they beat ARSU (Seychelles) 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22, 15-11) to finish second and catch the top 8 in their first ever participation at the African peak event. Injis finished third and ARSU came at the bottom of the pool.

 

After a rest day on Monday, the competition will be resumed on Tuesday with the quarterfinal matches as Shams plays Vision, Carthage meet Revenue, Ahly face FAP and Pipeline line up against GSP in the peak of the programme.

 

Pool A

Shams (Egypt) v Saltigue (Senegal) 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-16)

 

 Organisers Shams of Egypt topped the fighting Saltigue of Senegal 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-16) in 62 minutes to finish in the first position of  Pool A with a win- loss ratio of 2-0. Saltigue dropped to 0-2 to end at the third position.

 

 Shams attacker Aya Abdelmaksoud was outstanding in spiking from all net positions and succeded to score 22 points as the match scorer. Binetou Sow contributed 12 points for Saltigue as best scorer from losers side

 

Pool B

Ahly (Egypt) v KCB (Kenya) 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-23)

 

Six time African Champions Ahly of Egypt used their spike service and the unstoppable hits to down Kenya's KCB 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-23) in 65 minutes. Ahly improved their win- loss ratio to 2-0 to lead Pool B and confrim qualification to the quarterfinal, while KCB dropped to 0-2 to play for 9 to 12 positions.  

 

 The young middle blocker Mariam Metwally who replaced the injured Engy Elshami was the match scorer with 13 points including 4 kill blocks. Naomi Too led KCB scorers

 

Pool C

FAP (Cameroon) v Kutlwano (Botswana) 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19)

 

FAP (Cameroon) fought for 107 minutes to cruise past Kutlwano (Botswana) 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) and secure the qualification ticket to the quarterfinal. FAP improved their win- loss ratio to 1-1, while Botswana team dropped to 0-2. Early on Saturday, Kenya Pipeline confirmed qualification as head of the pool with 2-0 record.

 

 FAP's outside hitter Simone Bikatal played a great role in the victory not only with her 25 points scored during the match but also through her wise leadership throughout the match. Karabo Molefna led Kutlwano's scorers with 18 points.

 

Pool D

Vision (Uganda) v ARSU (Seychelles) 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22, 15-11)

Carthage (Tunisia) v Injis (Cameroon) 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-19)

 

Vision of Uganda rebounded twice from set behind in their way to see off ARSU of Seychelles in grueling tiebreaker 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22, 15-11) in 132 minutes of thrilling action.

 

The victory improved the Ugandan team record to 2-1 to qualify to the quarterfinal in their debut at the prestigious competition, while ARSU dropped to 0-3 to finish at the bottom of the pool.  After the injury of the Ugandan team setter in the first set they suffered a lot to come back after losing the first set to draw 1-1 after great efforts from the match scorer Josphine Nammanda and Goanita Nabbuto. ARSU came ahead 2-1 again after their attacker Marielle Bonne played her best. Again Vision emerged in the fourth set and tiebreak to clinch the tough victory and secure the qualification for the quarterfinal.

 

Carthage of Tunisia overcame the shaky start to pull off a straight sets victory 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-19) over  Injis of Cameroon to top Pool D the clean sheet of 3-0 Injis dropped to 1-2. Tunisian star Fatma Agrebi led her team and match scorers with 12 points, while Honorine Djakao led Cameroonian side with 9 points.

 

 Injis team started the match in their best performance as their veteran outside hitter Rose Nkot played a great role to give her team the advance, but the Tunisian experience settled the situation narrowly 26-24. It was easier for the Carthage there after to advance towards a straight sets win.

 

Quarterfinal Programme on Tuesday March 31, 2015

Quarterfinal 1-8

18:00       Shams (EGY) 1st A x 2nd D Vision (UGA)

16:00       Carthage (TUN) 1st D x 2nd A RRA (RWA)

20:00       Ahly (EGY) 1st B x 2nd C FAP (CMR)

14:00       Pipeline (KEN) 1st C x 2nd B GSP (ALG)

Quarterfinal 9-16

12:00       Saltigue (SEN) 3rd A x 4th D ARSU (SEY)

                3rd D x 4thA 3rd D-  Injis (CMR) winner

                3rd B x 4th C 3rd B-  KCB (KEN) winner

                3rd C x 4th B 3rd C-  Kutlwano (BOT) winner