07. 01. 2020

#RoadToTokyo W: Kenya silence Cameroonian crowd and step into Olympics with one foot

Source: volleyball.coqt.2020.fivb.com; Photo: volleyball.coqt.2020.fivb.com

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The National Team of Kenya emerged victorious from a challenge against the hosts Cameroon in Round 3 of the 2020 African Women’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifier.

 

In what was likely a decisive encounter for the place in the Tokyo Olympics, Kenya edged the main threat in the African Qualifier in Yaoundé, the national team of Cameroon, by a 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11) in Round 3.

The win brought the “Malkia Strikers” closer to securing the 2020 Tokyo ticket as they will face winless Nigeria (lost to Egypt by a 3-0, today) in their last duel, in 2 days. So far, Kenya is the only team with a 100% win rate (3-0; 8 points). Cameroon are just behind with 2-1 and 7 points but now nothing depends on them regarding the ticket to the Olympics.

Young outside hitter Sharon Chepchumba Kiprono delivered 30 points for Kenya, while Edith Mukuvilani set up 6 kill blocks. As for Cameroon, an experienced opposite hitter Christelle Tchoudjang Nana scored 18 points.

2020 African Women’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifier – Round 3

Nigeria – Egypt 0-3 (11-25, 12-25, 13-25)

Cameroon – Kenya 2-3 (16-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 11-15)

Standings

 

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