Hosts recover from defeat to Egypt to beat poor Senegal in straight sets
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.
Damaina Chepkorom (L) and Ann Lowem of Kenya defend against Egypt at Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi on October 24.