Kenya women's volleyball team are the overall winners of the 2018 FIVB World Championship Qualifiers thanks to 3-0 ( 25-18,25-17, 25-17) win against their perennial nemesis Egypt at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani on Sunday.
It was a sweet revenge for Kenya, after their opponents denied them a chance to qualify for the Olympics last year in the event that was held in Cameroon.
Kenya finished the event top with nine points ahead of Egypt with six points but both teams qualified for The African Nation Cup-cum-World Championship Qualifier to be staged in Cameroon later in the year.
Kenya coach Japeth Munala started with the same squad that won against Uganda and Rwanda but choose to work with two liberos in Agrippina Kundu and Cellestine Nyongesa.
Kenya trailed Egypt 8-6 in the first technical time out of the first set.
Janet Wanja, Mercy Moim and Triza Atuka combination upfront bagged points at will but they were not good enough as home team continued to trail 16-14 heading into 2nd TTO.
Violet Makuto powerful spikes and poor coordination in their opponent camp contributed points as Kenya overtook Egypt 19-17 and 22-17 enroute taking the first set 25-18.
In the second, set Kenya led 8-5 in the 1st TTO thanks to Makuto's individual effort before the hosts extended their lead to 10-7,12-8 and 16-11 going into the 2nd TTO.
Brackcidise Agala, Moim and Noel Murambi combined efforts towards that end.
Kenya then opened an eight point lead 21-13 with Agala paving way for Edith Wisa as Kenya continued to pile pressure on their opponents to take the second set 25-17.
The third set was evenly contested before Atuka was rested for Ann Lowem as the home team led 13-11, 14-12 and 16-13 heading into the final TTO.
Lowem, Moim and Makuto's collective efforts saw Kenya extend their lead to 19-15 and they never looked back as they won the set 25-17.
In the earlier match played at the same venue, event underdogs Uganda came from two sets down to reign supreme against Rwanda 3-2 ( 23-25,19-25,125-16,25-23 and 15-9) to finish third in the four nation tournament .
Uganda finished third with two points while Rwanda finished last with 1 point.
Fast rising Rwanda took advantage of the rather unsettled Uganda to bag the first two sets before their opponent turned tables in the third set.
The Ugandan side coached by Johnson Kawenyera then found their footing in the third set with Irene Amoding, Peace Busingye and Habibah Namara contributing points at will to lead 8-4 and 16-10 in the first and second technical timeouts respectively.
Rwanda stalled as tension set in their camp with a development that saw Uganda capitalize on their poor backcourt defence to extend lead 23-16 before they snatched the game 25-16 going into fourth set.
The fourth set was evenly contested but it was Rwanda who enjoyed a 8-5 and 16-14 lead in the 1st TTO thanks to good combination of Seraphine Mukantambara, Hope Musaniwabo and Delphine Uwicyeza upfront.
Their lead was however short-lived as Ugandans overtook them 19-18 before tying 20-20.
However, Uganda had the last laugh by taking the fourth set 25-23 to force a tie at 2 sets each heading into a tie breaker.
In the fifth set, Uganda fought from the front leading 6-4 with Amoding being the main tormentor.
The teams changed sides with Uganda leading 8-4.
Uganda would later contribute free points to Rwanda with their poor reception as Rwanda trailed 7-13 before Uganda won the set 15-9.
Reached for comment, Uganda coach Kawanyera said the win was a prove that they were slowly catching up with the competition in the region.