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Algeria Women grab gold at All Africa Games
Women Gold Medal
Algeria beat Cameroon 3-1 (25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14)
Algeria successfully defended their All Africa Games title after they beat battling Cameroon 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14) in the final match lasting 109 minutes.
Algeria started the match well with their discipline in defence adding to Cameroon's lack of concentration following their marathon match against Kenya in the semifinal. Algerian setter Fatima Zahra used her combinations to deceive the Cameroonian block as she set to opposite Zohra Bensalem and middle blocker Lydia Olumou to help take them to a wide lead at 8-3. Cameroon's poor reception continued allowing their rivals to win the set easily 25-14.
The second set was a different story as Cameroon adjusted their block through Boum Ngo and Roline Tatchou to lead 4-0 and 8-2 at the first TTO. Algeria again regained their pace and rearranged their block through Olumou and Mouni Abdrrahim to narrow the lead and eventually draw even at 20-20 before a service from Faiza Tsabet saw them lead for the first time at 21-20. Tsabet and Zahra's influence saw Algeria win critical points at the end of the set as they moved ahead 2-0.
Cameroon took their performance up a gear in the third as they arranged their combinations through setter Tatiana Baran and attackers Rose Rebecca and Roline to take the lead at the first TTO. The Algerian reception began to quiver and the Cameroonians took full advantage to march on to the set win.
Left attacker Faiza Tsabet helped rouse the Algerians in the fourth as she sent her razor sharp hits from all over the court allowing her team to pick up the set and the gold medal.
Women Bronze Medal Match
Kenya beat Nigeria 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-18)
Kenya rebounded from a semifinal loss to Cameroon with a straight-sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-18) win over Nigeria in the bronze medal match in 61 minutes. The Kenyans discarded the drawbacks from their defeat a day earlier as their reception was key to their victory.
The Kenyan coach changed the main line up and started with Janet Wanja as a setter as they succeeded to control the net through experienced center Brakcides Khadambi to win the first set 25-14.
The outside hitters Everline Makuto and Mercy Moim were also successful as they penetrated the Nigerian block frequently, clinching the second and third sets easily to take bronze.
Women 5th place Match
Senegal beat Botswana 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-14)
Senegal overpowered Botswana 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-14) in 61 minutes to take fifth as they were carried through the match on the back of a tight block and solid reception.
Senegal proved to be the better team throughout the match and their better discipline and block remained solid despite a shaky period midway through the second set when Botswana improved their attack. But Senegal maintained their composure to win a number of crucial points and eventually took the win.
Women 7th place Match
Seychelles beat Mozambique 3-0 (25-19, 25-7, 25-21)
Seychelles achieved their first victory in the competition as they avenged Mozambique 3-0 (25-19, 25-7, 25-21) in the seventh place match. Mozambique won the first match between the two during the the group stage 3-2.
Seychelles finished in the seventh while hosts Mozambique ended at the bottom of the table.
Finals Results on September 7:
Final: Algeria v Cameroon 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14)
3-4: Kenya v Nigeria 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-18)
5-6: Senegal v Botswana 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-14)
7-8: Seychelles v Mozambique 3-0 (25-19, 25-7, 25-21)
Final Women Standings