Kenya re­bound

Hosts re­cover from de­feat to Egypt to beat poor Sene­gal in straight sets

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY AGNES MAKHANDIA @dor­ry­tik

Kenya women’s Un­der-23 team re­cov­ered from their 3-2 de­feat to Egypt on Mon­day to beat Sene­gal 3-0 ( 2517, 25-7, 25-8 ) in a 2017 Africa World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fier at the Kasarani In­door Arena yes­ter­day.

The Kenyans, whio en­joy a rest day to­day, will need a win of any kind against Rwanda to­mor­row to se­cure the other ticket with Egypt poised to fin­ish on top.

In the first set, Sene­gal took an early 3-0 lead and 8-7 go­ing into first tech­ni­cal time out, thanks to poor co­or­di­na­tion from Kenya back court de­fence.

How­ever, this was as far as they could go in the set as Kenyans imme- di­ately put their act to­gether to over­take Sene­gal 11-9, thanks to wa­ter tight blocks from Yvonne Si­naida and Veron­ica Tanui.

Host then ex­tended lead 16-12 at the 2nd TTO be­fore Sene­gal awarded Kenyans free points with their poor ser­vices for 20-13 and 23-17 lead. Sanaida’s ace wrapped up the set 25-17 for the hosts.

In sec­ond set, Kenya picked from where they had left as they led 6-1. Ann Lowen ter­rorised Sene­gal block to ex­tend the lead to 8-1 at the first TTO. Sene­gal coach Faye Dialle rested Coly Marane for Gaye Ais­satou as they con­tin­ued to trail 12-1. Lowem and Yvonne Wavinya then took ad­van­tage of Sene­gal leak­ing blocks to power through as they led 16-4 at the sec­ond TTO and went on to bag the sec­ond set 25-7. In the third set, Kenya ex­tended dom­i­nance 5-3 and 8-4, go­ing into the first TTO as Sene­gal looked beaten. Even the in­di­vid­ual ef­forts of Seck Mbayang and Cisse Fa­tou were not enough for the vis­i­tors as they trailed 5-11 and 5-16 at the sec­ond TTO..

In the ear­lier match played at the same venue, Egypt con­tin­ued with their good run in the event with a 3-0 ( 25-14, 25-17, 25-21 ) win over Rwanda. Following the win , Egypt have im­proved their chances of fin­ish­ing top of the bo­nanza.

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Da­maina Chep­ko­rom (L) and Ann Lowem of Kenya de­fend against Egypt at Sa­fari­com Sta­dium in Nairobi on Oc­to­ber 24.

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