Pipeline, Ahly, Carthage and Shams through to semifinal of Women's African Club Champs

1 April 2015

2015 Women's African Club Championship- Quarterfinal

 

 

 Cairo, Egypt, March 31, 2015- Record holders Pipeline (Kenya), Ahly and Shams (both from Egypt) and Carthage (Tunisia) booked their tickets to the semifinal of the 2015 Women's African Club Championship following their victory over GSP (Algeria), FAP (Cameroon), Vision (Uganda) and RRA (Rwanda) respectively in the quarterfinal matches held at October Hall in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday.

 

 Kenya Pipeline surprised the defending champions GSP of Algeria with a highly disciplined blockers and backline defence to beat them 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) in 74 minutes, while Carthage needed only 66 minutes to fly past Revenue Authority of Rwanda 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-15).

 

 Shams showed great consistency and power to overcome Vision of Uganda 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-10) as Ahly completed the semifinal line up after they took over FAP of Cameroon.

 

 Now Shams (EGY) meet Pipeline (KEN) in the semifinal of the competition scheduled on Thursday, while Carthage (TUN) face Ahly (EGY) in a classic north African Derby in the other semifinal match.

 

 Wednesday features 4 matches as Vision (UGA) meet GSP (ALG), RRA (RWA) battle it out against FAP (CMR) in the play off 5 to 8 positions, while ARSU (SEY) line up against Kutlwano (BOT) and Injis (CMR) battle against KCB (KEN) in the play off 9 to 12 positions.

 

Quarterfinal 1-8

Pipeline (Kenya) v GSP (Algeria) 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21)

Carthage (Tunisia) v RRA (Rwanda) 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-15)

Shams (Egypt) v 3-0 Vision (Uganda) 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-10)

Ahly (Egypt) v FAP (Cameroon) 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-22)

 

Pipeline of Kenya showed a highly professional volleyball to hammer GSP (Algeria) 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) in the first of the quarterfinal programme. The Kenyan team clinched the first semifinal ticket as the Algerians play for the 5 to 8 positions.

 

Middle blocker Ruth Jepngetich played a great role in position 3 to stop the strong Algerian attackers beside her role in the quick attacks. Opposite attacker Esther Wangechi was her team scorer with 18 points, while Zohra Bensalim contributed 18 points for the Algerian side finishing as match scorer.

 

Carthage of Tunisia beat RRA Rwanda 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-15) in the second quarterfinal in a match lasting 68 minutes. Carthage qualified for the second year in a raw for the semis to play Ahly, while RRA to face FAP in the play off 5 to 8 positions.  Attacker Mariem Brik led the scorers with 11 points, while Serphine Mukantambara led the losers with 10 points. The Tunisian led all the skills (31-17 in spikes and 7-4 in blocking) to control the match throughout the three sets.

 

Shams of Egypt cruised past Vision of Uganda 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-10) in the third quarterfinal match lasting 63 minutes. Shams used the opposite Aya Elshami to spike aggressively from position 2 making it easy to beat their weak point of the opponent block. The Ugandan team who qualified to the quarters in their debut at the competition played their utmost, but the experience was to the side of the winners. Aya Elshami led the scorers with 18 points, while Peace Busingye led the losers with 9 points.

 

Ahly used the strong service to overcome FAP of Cameroon 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-22) in the last of quarterfinal matches. The strong attacker Yuniska Robles led the match scorers with 17 points, while FAP's Simone Bikatal sored 11 points for her side as best scorer. Ahly used the combinations led by setter Shourok Foad to end the job quickly in the first set, before FAP improved their reception in the second set to stay near till the draw 14-14 when Ahly again regained their efficient service to win the set 25-17. The third set was competitive again till Ahly used the quick attacks through the centers to win

 

Play off 9-16

ARSU (Seychelles) v Saltigue (Senegal) 3-2 (25-11, 25-12, 21-25, 15-25, 15-10)

 

ARSU Seychelles overcame Saltigue Senegal in a fluctuating epic tiebreaker 3-2 (25-11, 25-12, 21-25, 15-25, 15-10) in play off 9 to 16. Saltigue finished their campaign in the competition at the 13th position, while ARSU will continue for the 9 to 12 positions.

 

 After ARSU led 2-0 comfortably, The Senegalese team showed their best perfroamnce in the competition to win 2 consecutive sets and extend the match to tiebreak. ARSU regained their rhythm in the tiebreak using their big gun Gerina Bonne to win 15-10.

 

Play off 5 to 12  Programme on Wednesday April 1, 2015

Play off 5-8

Vision (UGA) Vs. GSP (ALG)

RRA (RWA) Vs. FAP (CMR)

Play off 9-12

ARSU (SEY) Vs Kutlwano (BOT)

Injis (CMR) Vs. KCB (KEN)