Junior Malkia Strikers, the Kenya National U-20 ladies volleyball team ended their 2018 women’s U-20, African Nations Championship CUM 2019 FIVB Women’s U-20 Championship qualifiers on a high.
The hosts who lost to in group stages after going down 3-1 to Cameroon and Nigeria, came from a set down to edge out a resilient Congo RDC side 3-1(23-25, 27-25, 25-17, 25-18)
The Coach Paul Gitau led charges fell behind in the first set from its onset and trailed the Congolese team for most part of the set before losing the set 23-25, much to the disappointment of the faithful fans who turned up to cheer up the team. The loss of the first set prompted the Kenyan tactician to make changes which paid-off as the girls began the set on a high, making their opponents to trail for most part of the set before bagging the set 27-25, leveling the sets at 1-1.
The third and fourth were comfortably won by the home side despite the spirited fight put up by the Congolese side, whose quest to take the match to a tie-break were thwarted by the Kenyan girls who bagged the set 25-18. That win meant that Kenya will end the 9-Nations tournament ranked 5th.
In another match, played match earlier, Mauritius saw-off Tanzania in straight sets 3-0(25-16, 25-17, 25-22), ending the tournament in 7th place, while first-time participants at age-group competitions Tanzania avoided last place by finishing above 9th placed Uganda.
The third and fourth place play off was on-going at the time of this report with Nigeria leading Cameroon by 1 set (25-23).