Carthage survive brutal final to become champions

16 April 2017

Monastir, Tunisia; April 16th 2017 – Organisers Carthage have won the Women’s African club championship for the first time in their history in a dramatic 3-2 (16-25, 25-17, 26-24, 20-25, 15-11) victory against Dark horses ShamsWith a new initiative to punish every single error Shams players could be seen wincing and grumbling at every small movement. The punishment regime had taken its toll on Carthage as Shams led 16-11 at the first technical timeout.Fighting through this immense wall of mild discomfort and minor annoyance from the local fans Shams somehow warmed up and were ready to go and they won the first set 25-16.Carthage came back tough and wild to led 10-5, Carthage seems to lose their concentration and Shams nail it down to 10-7 through some great kills from Meawad Nada. The organisers came to their senses to led 14-7 and Shams called for a timeout at this point. Carthage strives for a leveler and they got it at 25-17.Shell shocked from the second set, Shams knew that they had to put it behind them and get on positively with the next set. Which they did, taking an early lead and putting much more pressure on the Carthage players. With the score at 24 all confidence were high and a few costly errors from Shams, CFC took the set 26-24.To their credit, Carthage blocked very well, giving Shams a new challenge that took time to adjust to in the 4th set. Fighting back for Shams did make it to win 25-20. And the final 5th set was a great one as Carthage won 15-11 and become champions