Ahly and Pipeline set to repeat classic Women's African Club Champs final

2 April 2015

2015 Women's African Club Championship- Semifinal 



 Cairo, Egypt, April 2, 2015- Record holders Pipeline will face Egypt giants Ahly in the the 2015 Women's African club Championship final after both teams fought for 5 sets to clinch the final spot against Organisers Shams of Egypt and Carthage of Tunisia in the semifinal held at 6 October Hall in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday.


Ahly rebounded after the injury of their middle blocker Nermeen Elmenshawy to win against Carthage (TUN) 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 24-26, 26-24, 15-11).


Pipeline (Kenya) rebounded twice from a set behind to beat Shams 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 16-14) in another grueling five set match.


 The final will feature the biggest African giants Ahly and Pieline in the most repeated fial in th history of the competition, while Shams meet Carthage for the bronze medal on Sunday April 5.


Ahly (Egypt) V Carthage (TUN) 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 24-26, 26-24, 15-11)


Ahly Egypt won the epic tiebreaker against Carthage Tunisia 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 24-26, 26-24, 15-11) in semifinal of Women African Club Championship. The emerging Middle blocker Mariam Elmetwally played the greatest role in the victory and scored 26 points as the match best scorer including 6 kill blocks and 5 ace services. Outside hitter Fatma Agrebi contributed impressive 24 points for Carthage to lead the scorers of her side. Ahly qualified to the final, while Carthage play for the bronze medal.


 The match started with Carthage Dominance through their middle blockers Marwa Boughnemi and Abir Othmani to lead 8-5 and 16-13 in the technical TOs. Ahly regained the rhythm as the Cuban Yunieska spiked well from position 3 to win the set narrowly 25-23.


 Carthage led again in the second set 8-5 before the Ahly's Middle blocker Nermeen Elmenshawy fell with knee injury. Ahly players disturbed for the rest of the set as the Tunisian Fatma Agrebi led her team to a wide win 25-16.


 Ahly coach Hamdy El Safy changed the position of his captain Sherihan to opposite abd the Cuban Yunieska to outside hitter as the youngster Rana El Gohary replaced Nermeen in position 3 so Ahly decreased the point deficit gradually till they led for the first time 21-20. Carthage saved three set points with the great performance form Rahma Agrebi and Mariem Brik to win 26-24 and lead 2-1.


 Again Carthage was ahead in the fourth set with the skillful combinations of setter Marwa Barhoumi, but Ahly fought well in defence and attacks through Nahla Sameh and the extraordinary blocks and services from Mariam Elmetwally to win the set narrowly 26-24 and extend the match to tiebreak.


 Again Elmetwally led her team bravely to start 6-0 in the tiebreak before the Tunisians fought back to decrease the point deficit to 8-4 at the court turn. Ahly motivations increased to win the set 15-11 and the tight match 3-2 in 127 minutes.


Pipeline (Kenya) v Shams 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 16-14)


Kenya Pipeline fought for 127 minutes to clinch a tough victory against Shams 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 16-14) in the second semifinal. Middle blocker Ruth Jepngetch played a great victory with her 21 coming as the best scorer from her side. Shams attacker Aya Elshami led the match scorers with impressive 30 points making the competition best scoring performance so far.


Shams team started the first set in their optimum performance led by their attacker Aya Elshami to lead 8-6 before the Kenyan came back transitionally and came near through the skilful setting through the setter Janet Wanja. Shams coach Ehab Hassan shift Elshami to position 4 and Sarah Hanafy to position 2 and succeeded to win the set 25-20.


 Pipeline led the second set comfortably after Ruth Jepngetich deployed her solid block against Shams attacks beside her role in the quick spikes aided by Monica Biana in position 4 to win the set 25-17 and draw 1-1.


 Again the third set was very competitive throughout its pathway as the Kenyans had early activity before Elshami led shams team to widen the 16-14 at the second technical timeout with the proper blocking from Aya Ahmed and Menna Mohamed as the Egyptian team went to 25-22 and 2-1 lead.


 Pipeline used again the quick attacks and the spikes of the opposite Esther Wangechi to control the set. Shams tried to come back and succeeded to decrease the point deficit gradually but Wanja led her team to win the set 25-19 to extend the match to tiebreak.


 The tiebreak went point by point with both teams struggling to win but the Kenyans were more aggressive to win the crucial points and to clinch the tough 3-2 victory.


Ranking 5-12 Positions on April 4, 2015

            11-12    12:00    Kutlwano (BOT)  X KCB (KEN)

            9-10      14:00    ARSU (SEY) X Injis (CMR)

            7-8        16:00    Vision (UGA) vs. FAP (CMR)

            5-6        18:00    GSP (ALG) vs RRA (RWA)


Final and Bronze Medal on Sunday April 5, 2015

Bronze Medal Match: 18:00 Carthage (Tunisia) v Shams (Egypt)

Final: 20:00 Ahly (Egypt) v Pipeline (Kenya)