Volleyball: Uganda Overcome Rwanda To Keep All Africa Games Dream Alive

Monday, May 20
*Kenya 3-0 Rwanda
(25-13, 25-8, 25-10)
*Uganda 3-1 Rwanda
(25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17)

Tuesday, May 21
*Rwanda Vs Ethiopia, 6:00 PM
*Kenya Vs Uganda, 8:00 PM

Uganda managed to overcome a resolute Rwanda team to clinch a 3-1 win at the ongoing Zone V All Africa games women Qualifiers at Lugogo.

This was the second victory for the Volleyball She Cranes who had beaten up on Ethiopia 3-0 on Sunday. Uganda will now face African powerhouse Kenya on Tuesday with the winner qualifying to All Africa games set in Morocco later this year.

Kenya has also won two games – three straight sets victories against Rwanda (Sunday) and Ethiopia (Monday).

Team Rwanda. Lwanga Photo
Team Uganda. Lwanga photo

“This result was so critical,” said Assistant coach Shira Omuriwe. “We thank God that the girls were fit and so they managed to step up. They knew what to do and am grateful that we finally beat Rwanda.”

“It was tough because they have bigger girls so we had to make sure that the outside blockers are stationary and tried to stop the big girls.”

Nnungi goes for a hard hit. Lwanga photo

The teams split the first two sets – Uganda flourished heavily on Habiba Namala’s big hits while Scovia Alungat and Joan Tushemereirwe provided constant double blocks to take the first set 25-21. Rwanda came out stronger and edged Uganda 25-21 in the second.

In the third set, Uganda looked as earlier advertised as they quietly created points to lead 8-3 at the first technical timeout before outlasting Rwanda to win the set 25-17 and regain the lead before the team won the 4th set 25-17 to wrap up the 3-1 victory.

Head Coach Tony Lakony (right), Assistant Shilla Omuirwe (Middle)

“Kenya has big girls, they have mature players who have played this game for along time,” Shilla Omuriwe hinted. “We have told our girls not to have pressure, the win will be important but we just have to take a point at a time.”



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