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Daily Nation : February 20th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 20, 2014 67 SPORT FIVB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | We lost concentration at some point but recovered, Lung’aho says Kenya show might against Senegal National women’s volleyball team teaches guests a lesson as swift Tunisians also cruise BY AYUMBA AYODI AND CELESTINE OLILO email@example.com K enya braved a torrid third set for an all-out explosive show to silence stubborn Senegal in 3-1 sets for their third consecutive victory at the ongoing FIVB World Championships Africa qualifiers. Right attacker Esther Wangechi tore the Senegalese defence apart as versatile libero Elizabeth Wafula engaged clinical defensive skills in the decisive set as Kenya eased to 25-19, 25-12, 17-25 and 25-11 victory at the Safaricom Arena yesterday. Kenya hit Uganda in their opening match before seeing off Mozambique in straight sets. This was Senegal’s second loss. Tunisia also extended unbeaten run to three matches after outwitting Seychelles 22-25, 20-25 and 19-25. It was Seychelles’ third consecutive defeat. Kenya meet Seychelles today at 4pm but this will be preceded by Uganda verses Tunisia tie at 12pm and Mozambique against Senegal at 2pm. Technical time out Kenya took the lead 8-4 in the first technical time out with good serving and blocking but Evelyne Makuto and Mercy Moim left attack wasn’t clinical with blocking from the Senegalese to reduce the deficit at 10-13. Wangechi would stabilise things on the right with good spiking putting Kenya ahead 16-13 in the second technical time out. Good 3-1 Kenya’s victory over Senegal during the FIVB world cup qualification match at Kasarani Gymnasium yesterday setting by Jane Wacu set off skipper Brackcides Agala at the centre to claim three consecutive points for 18-14 before Moim struck on the left with three quick points for a 22-14 lead. Benetou Sow and Senegalese skipper Fatou Niana held Kenya at 24-15 before the home team eased off 25-19. Some ruthless combination involv- ing Agala, Wangechi, Makuto and Ruth Jepng’etich spurred Kenya to 8-4 and 16-7 at technical time outs before good defence waded off the preying Senegalese. Kenya stormed to a third set lead 8-4 only for Senegal’s good defence to hold the hosts, whose attack fizzled. The visitors led 16-10 at the second time out before Niana and Sow snatched the third set 25-17. The Kenyans came back with their cylinders firing with Wangechi, Jepng’etich, Agala and Makuto tormenting the visitors’ timid defense. Head coach David Lung’aho noted that they lost concentration in the third set but after a pep talk things fell in place. “The Senegalese are tall hence we had to play a fast game to halt them,” said Lung’aho. Tunisia’s Be Chik Asma impressed for her team especially in the last set as Seychelles waged impressive attacks. Petra Richard, however, fought back for her team with good blocking but confident Tunisia won while Uganda had their second win beating Mozambique 3-1. TODAY’S FIXTURES 12pm: Uganda vs Tunisia 2pm: Mozambique vs Senegal 4pm: Kenya vs Seychelles MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION Kenya’s Jane Wacu (1) and Praxides Khadambi (15) block a spike by Benetou Sow of Senegal during their FIVB World Championships Africa qualifying match at Safaricom Kasarani yesterday. Kenya won 3-1. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Man City boss Pellegrini attacks match referee after home loss to Barcelona. P.71 Garissa to miss hockey, rugby action BY PHILIP ONYANGO @philiponyango4 firstname.lastname@example.org North Eastern Province will not be represented in Rugby and hockey when the National Secondary School term one games takes place in Mombasa from April 14-19. The region, which is now re- ferred to as Garissa in the new Kenya Secondary School Sports Association structure, will only present teams in basketball boys and girls basketball, decathlon and heptathlon according to the draws released by the KSSSA vice chairman Rodgers Mwafungo. According to Mwafungo, who is also the Mombasa region sports chairman, Mombasa region will therefore produce two teams in all the disciplines where the Garrison region will not field participants. Relatively easy group The draws, conducted at Jogoo house last week and witnessed by top Ministry of Education officials have placed defending champions in girls basketball Mombasa region and defending champions boys Metropolitan region in relatively easy groups. Mombasa region’s Shimba Hills, who will be seeking to win the girls basketball title for the third straight year have been placed in B which also has Nakuru region, Nzoia region and Northern region, while group A has Lake region, Metropolitan region, Aberdares, and Garissa regions. Tough battle The boys draw has placed Met- LeBron hits season-high 42 to lead Heat over Mavericks Dallas LeBron James (left) scored a season- high 42 points and sparked a late run that secured the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat’s 117-106 victory on Tuesday at Dallas. Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James connected on 16-of-23 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and added nine rebounds and six assists for Miami. OLYMPICS US tyro Ted Ligety, 29, proved once again he was the undoubted king of the giant slalom yesterday, setting himself up for Olympic gold after a storming first run. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CRICKET 4-0 Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena on Tuesday. New Zealand media praise ‘Captain Fantastic’ New Zealand media dubbed triple centurion Brendon McCullum “Captain Fantastic” (right) yesterday, as Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said his unfancied team was finally reaching its potential. “Our greatest innings,” trumpeted the New Zealand Herald’s front page, accompanied by a picture of McCullum with his arms aloft after scoring 302 in the second Test against India at Wellington’s Basin Reserve. “History maker,” splashed Wellington’s Dominion Post, highlighting some of the records. Vince Carter’s free throw with 7:47 re- maining gave the Mavericks a 95-92 lead but the Heat scored the next 14 points to seize command. James opened the run with back-to-back 3-pointers, added a basket and two free throws for 10 points in the run and Dallas came no closer than eight points the rest of the way. Miami improved to 4-1 on a road trip that ends Thursday against NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who ripped the Heat earlier this season at Miami. Chris Bosh scored 22 points and Chris Andersen contributed 18 more off the bench for Miami. Dwyane Wade had 13 points and seven assists for the Heat. German star Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 22 points and also contributed nine rebounds and seven assists for the Mavericks, who won six of their past seven games. Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will be sidelined “for the forseeable future”. (AFP) GOLF Park faces battle to stay world No. 1 World number one Park In-Bee is under severe threat of losing the top ranking as she makes a delayed start to the season with her LPGA Thailand title defence from today. The South Korean has held the top spot for 45 weeks, but her formerly healthy lead has been whittled away by Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and could disappear altogether in Pattaya. Pettersen missed a great opportunity to overhaul Park last week. ropolitan region, which will likely witness a tough battle between defending champions Upper Hill and former national champions Laiser Hill in the regional action, in Group B. The group also has Aberdares, Nakuru, Northern and Metropolitan. Group A of the boys category has Nzoia, Lake region, Mombasa, and Garissa. In hockey boys, Group A will have Mombasa one, Lake region, Northern and Metropolitan while Group B will see Mombasa two square it out with Aberdares, Nzoia, and Nakuru regions. Girls hockey draw has placed Mombasa one, Northern, Nakuru and Aberdares in Group A. TENNIS Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, playing for the first time since losing last month’s Australian Open final, beat fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday at the Rio Open.
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