APR ladies finish sixth in Africa Club Championships

APR VOLLEYBALL club came sixth after losing their ranking match to Kenya’s Pipeline on Wednesday in the Women’s African Club Championship at Palais des Sport Hall in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
APR coach Viateur Sibomana was aiming to finish in the top four.
APR coach Viateur Sibomana was aiming to finish in the top four.

APR VOLLEYBALL club came sixth after losing their ranking match to Kenya’s Pipeline on Wednesday in the Women’s African Club Championship at Palais des Sport Hall in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Kenya Pipeline crushed the Rwandan league champions in straight sets 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-15) in 62 minutes.

Pipeline showed full dominance through their experienced stars Asha Makuto, Janet Wanja and Ruth Jepngetich and didn’t allow the Rwandan team to enter the match.

The record holders with 7 titles, Pipeline finished fifth which is the worst position in the last 10 years, while APR ended in the sixth position.

In other standings, Cameroon’s FAP pulled off a straight sets victory over Ndejje University of Uganda 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-23) in 72 minutes.

FAP used their dominance at the net in blocking and spiking to control the match all through and also used the weak reception of the Ugandan team to score a lot of points from the services.

The Ugandan team’s performance was rising from one set to another till they were very near in the third set. 

FAP finished in the seventh position, 4 positions lower than their finish last year, while Ndejje University became the first Ugandan team to finish among the top eight.

Madagascar’s Stef Auto beat Ethiopia’s Water Sport 3-2 (25-20. 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 16-14) to finish ninth while Water Sport settled for tenth spot.

Kutlwano (Botswana) fought for 2 hours and 13 minutes to clinch a tough victory over AS Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) in a Marathon game for the 11 and 12 ranking.

The Botswana team rebounded back from 2 sets behind to win three successive sets including the thrilling tiebreak to capture the 11th position, leaving Tanda at the 12th position. 

VB Diamand Club (Madagascar) entertained their spectators with a final win against Manga Sport (Gabon) 3-0 (25-7, 25-18, 25-14) in the 13 and 14 ranking match lasting 48 minutes.

The home team controlled the match from the start to the end to clinch the 13th position, while Manga ended at the 14th standing. 

Defending champions Kenya Prisons were due to face Algeria’s GS Petroliers exciting young side in the second gold-medal match by press time.

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