NAIROBI, September 12 – The national junior women volleyball team beat Senegal 3-0 in the ongoing Africa Junior Championships played at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on Thursday.
Kenya won the match 3-0 in 25-19, 25-23 and 25-18 as the Championships entered its fourth day in Nairobi.
The hosts started on a rather low note and were trailing Senegal lead 8-7 at the first technical time out.
On resumption, Kenya took advantage of Senegalese poor service and reception of the ball that allowed Brenda Kamamoss, Sally Nekesa and Evelyn Makuto dominate as their heavy spikes garnered points at will.
Both teams started the second set on a guarded note but Kenya was able to hold a 16-10 lead at the second technical time out.
The hawk eyed Jacinta Nafula kept the visitors at bay with strong defence at back court as the stubborn Senegalese youngsters rallied led by Mbow Maguette, Ndoye Mbayane and Seck Dieyna with Kenya eventually prevailing 25-23.
The hosts were able to take control of the third set over a hapless visitor’s side that was not able to guide the flanks and backline.
National team coach Paul Bitok was happy with the win and urged his players to fight for a win against a determined North African outfit that will spur them on course of winning the championship
“My players worked very hard today for a victory but we still have another unfinished business against Tunisia. We need focus and concentration and avoid mistakes,” he noted.
“We were more composed today with few mistakes made. The hurdle ahead is a challenge but with our coaches instructions we will carry the day,” team captain Evelyn Makuto said.
Champions Egypt hopes of retaining the title as well as qualifying for next year’s World Junior Championship in Mexico remain on track after defeating Tunisia 3-1 in a tough encounter earlier Thursday.
The Egyptians bounced back from a 25-23 first set loss to win 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 to record their third successive win over a determined Tunisian outfit.
Egypt meet Seychelles in the first match on Friday before Kenya face Tunisian outfit at the same venue.
The two sides both lost against Egypt and will battle it out to finish behind the unbeaten defending champions.