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Pipeline recover from two sets down to beat Algerian champions

Coach Japheth Munala passes instruction to his girls during one of the breaks/PHOTO-CAVB
Coach Japheth Munala passes instruction to his girls during one of the breaks/PHOTO-CAVB

TUNIS, April 25- Kenya women’s volleyball reigning champions Kenya Pipeline recovered from two sets down to beat hosts GSP Alger of Algeria 3-2 on Monday night in a hotly contested Pool C encounter at the ongoing CAVB African Women Club Championships.

Pipeline’s comeback stretched the game to a thrilling 148 minutes as they kept their bid to win their eighth record title.

Alger, 2014 champions of the championship had fought on to win the first two sets in identical 25-22 scores, urged on by the home crowd.

But Japheth Munala’s girls fought back in the crucial third set and managed to overturn the tide with a set score of 25-22 to force the game into the fourth set.

Pipeline stamped their authority to take the game to a tie breaker winning 25-19 and put their feet strongly into the tie breaker winning 15-12.

“I think this is one of the toughest matches we have ever played. It was such a shocker for us going two sets down but we managed to change our game plan in the third set and recover. It was such a relief to win and this now gives us motivation to top the group,” Pipeline deputy captain Triza Atuka told Capital Sport from Tunis.

Pipeline retained Pool C leadership after the win and will now face Cameroon’s FAP in the final group match on Tuesday night. A win against the West Africans will hand them the top spot and they will meet with the second placed team from Pool B in the quarters.

Kenya’s other representatives Kenya Prisons will face Egyptian side El Shams in a tough Pool D match Monday evening and head coach David Lung’aho is confident they have what it takes to win and enhance their last eight chances.

Prisons have won both their opening matches on straight sets against Injis and Nigeria’s JOS and will face perhaps their toughest opposition against Elshams.

The latter are equally contesting Pool D leadership having also started their campaign on a high, hammering Injis 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-21.

“Egyptian sides are quite tough and we expect an end to end game from them. But our confidence is quite high having started with two wins in the groups and the girls have the motivation to take on them. They are good on blocks and we should devise a way to ensure we beat them on that,” Lung’aho added.

Prisons will enhance their chances of topping the group if they beat Elshams ahead of their last group match against Gabon’s Ndella.