Egypt & Kenya Qualify for 2017 U23 Women’s World Championships

The U-23 women’s teams from Egypt and Kenya have qualified for the 2017 FIVB U-23 women’s World Championships, claiming the two spots allocated from the African Championship held last week in Kasarani, Kenya.

The Egyptian women won gold on the back of a 4-0 record, including a 3-1 win over Botswana in what had become theit gold-medal match (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19). Egyptian middle blocker Aya Ahmed was named the tournament MVP after 5 kills, 4 blocks, and a dig in the championship game.

The tournament included 5 nations in a round-robin format, so Egypt needed the last win against Botswana to finish 4-0 and ensure their tournament title. That run included a 3-1 upset over Kenya (18-25, 23-25, 20-25, 18-25) on the tournament’s second day.

Kenya locked up the second spot in the U-23 World Championships by beating Rwanda 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19) in their final matchup of the day. The winner of that match was due to wind up in silver medal position.

Not participating in the tournament was a team from Cameroon, who represented the country at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The pair join 7 other teams previously qualified for the championships that will run from August 27th-September 3rd in Slovenia. The hosts Slovenia; Turkey and Italy out of Europe; Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba out of the Pan-American region; and now these two African nations.

Yet to be awarded are 2 qualifying spots from Asia. If China earns a spot based on that tournament, then the next-best FIVB-ranked team will go. Otherwise, China automatically qualifies as the defending champion.

Africa only had 1 qualifier in each of the first two editions of the U-23 World Championships. Kenya in 2013 and Egypt in 2015 each finished in last place in the tournament in the continent’s two previous appearances.

The all-tournament team:

Best Players

  • BEST SERVER: (RWA)  Seraphine Mukantambara
  • BEST RECIEVER: (BOT) Kebabonye Phofedi
  • BEST SETTER (KEN) Veronica Kilabat
  • BEST ATTACKER (KEN) Wavinya Kiitha Yvonne
  • BEST BLOCKER: (EGY) Farida Elaskalany
  • BEST LIBERO:(EGY) Mariam Ahmed
  • MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:(EGY) Ahmed Aya

Results

No

Date

Teams

Set

Result per set (points)

Total
Points

Time

Audience

1

2

3

4

5

1

23-Oct

RWA-SEN

3-1

26-28

25-17

25-14

25-19

101-78

1:39

200

2

23-Oct

BOT-KEN

0-3

14-25

29-31

19-25

62-81

1:49

300

3

24-Oct

SEN-BOT

2-3

23-25

25-22

25-22

23-25

13-15

109-109

2:16

400

4

24-Oct

KEN-EGY

1-3

25-18

23-25

20-25

18-25

86-93

2:22

700

5

25-Oct

EGY-RWA

3-0

25-14

25-17

25-21

75-52

2:32

200

6

25-Oct

KEN-SEN

3-0

25-17

25-7

25-8

75-32

1:08

400

7

26-Oct

RWA-BOT

3-0

25-16

25-19

25-17

75-52

1:17

200

8

26-Oct

SEN-EGY

0-3

15-25

6-25

16-25

37-75

1:06

200

9

27-Oct

BOT-EGY

0-3

16-25

10-25

19-25

45-75

1:14

300

10

27-Oct

KEN-RWA

3-1

25-23

23-25

25-22

25-19

98-89

2:37

900

Final Standings

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

EGY

Egypt

12

4

4

3

1

12

1

12.000

318

220

1.445

2

KEN

Kenya

9

4

3

1

2

1

1

10

4

2.500

340

276

1.232

3

RWA

Rwanda

6

4

2

2

1

1

1

1

7

7

1.000

317

303

1.046

4

BOT

Botswana

2

4

1

3

1

3

3

11

0.273

268

340

0.788

5

SEN

Senegal

1

4

4

1

1

2

3

12

0.250

256

360

0.711

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