Uganda volleyball She Cranes fell to rivals Kenya in straight sets in their second match of the Africa Zone Five World Championship qualifiers on Monday at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani in Nairobi.
Their male counterparts were also same margin losers to the Kenyan male side just three days back in the just concluded Kampala event.
Uganda, the first set turned out to be highly competitive with Kenya winning 25-20. The local girls led 8-6 at the first technical timeout and 16-9 at the second.
Poor service saw the Ugandans recover from the deficit on several instances for the slim win. The Ugandans relaxed their fighting spirit in the second set gifting Kenya a 25-18 win.
Uganda led 8-7 at the first time out before Kenya staged a coup in the second with a 16-11 lead and eventually won the set. In the third set, Kenya won 25-14 with 8-6 and 16-9 leads in the first and second timeouts respectively.
Kenya played a highly cautious match that saw the technical bench make only two substitutions in the entire match against Uganda’s six.
Uganda’s backcourt attacks were weak as compared to their previous matches which took them off in the second and third sets.
Uganda coach Tony Peter Lakony was happy in defeat with the display of his girls insisting they are in a learning process.
“My team is very young and every match for us is a learning step. We managed to hold our superior opponents and the performance was good despite the loss.”
Four out of the 12 players in the team are part of the national under-21 side with only Busingye Betty and Alobo Pose being the sole veterans.
Uganda will play against Tanzania on Tuesday in a battle for the third place and the match is very important.
The winner will proceed to the next round of the qualifiers and Lakony believes his side will prevail will Kenya plays giants Egypt.
“We have seen them play and they are a good side. In any case, we will not underrate them.”