Kenya won (25-16, 25-22, 25-16)
A technically superior Kenya national mens volleyball team had an easy time beating hosts Uganda in three straight sets the in the Zone Five Sub Zonal qualifiers on Friday at Lugogo stamping authority in the 3-day qualifiers that started on Thursday July 25.
Kenya won the first set 25-16 after taking a 13-7 lead at the first by the first technical timeout. The scores stood at 21-12 at the second timeout as the Kenyans powered their way to win the set.
In the second set, the score line was an identical 25-21. Kenya led 8-7 at the first time out and 13-12 at the second. The Kenyan technical bench seemed to play a more cautious match in the first two sets owing to the presence of pressure from the full Lugogo Indoor Stadium local crowd.
However, the rhythm changed in the third quarter of the 2rd set after the Ugandan players, whose team is Kenya’s biggest challenger at the qualifiers, tried to fight back into the game before the introduction of Kenyan libero Alex Karuiki finished off the tightly contested set with a clear spike to win the second set 25-22.
Kenya went on to win the third set 25-11 after leading 8-4 at the first time out and 16-7 when the second timeout was called.
Confused game, defeat
Lack of concentration and poor communication was the main undoing for the Uganda Volleyball Cranes as they gifted Kenya many free points especially in the first set. The back court defence was equally shaky a thing that the technical bench will have to check on before their next match against Tanzania on Saturday at 7:30 pm.
“It was a relatively easy match because Uganda is a developing side. It was more of a practice match for us and even the next one will be the same,” Kenya coach Gideon Chenje told Red Pepper Online edition after the match.
Uganda was visibly weak at their defence and receiving with most of the service balls from the Kenyan side translating into points.
Despite that, head coach Anthony Ndawula was happy with the performance of his side and promised to correct the mistakes in their next match against Tanzania on Saturday.
“We played against African giants which was a tall order for my boys. They were taller than my players which disadvantaged us a lot but we must recover from this and win our remaining match.”
In the women’s zonal qualifiers in Nairobi Kenya, the hosts beat minnows Burundi in 3 straight sets while the other match of the day, Egypt beat Tanzania 3-0 in straight sets of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-11.
Action resumes on Saturday with Tanzania playing Burundi and Uganda facing off with Egypt.