It was always going to be tough for the Lady Volleyball Cranes against Arab opposition at the ongoing World Championship Qualifiers in Nairobi Kenya.
Uganda’s win-loss ratio at the games was extended to 2-2 by Tunisia after the latter registered a 3-0 win yesterday. It was Uganda’s second loss to an Arab country after their 3-0 defeat to Egypt at the same venue last year.
The defeat cemented Uganda’s disqualification from the championship placing Tony Lakony’s side fourth on the six team log with just five points. Uganda tried to put up some resistance in the first set, keeping the point difference in reach but Tunisia broke away at 8-9 before winning it 25-14.
Receivers Eunice Amurun and Josephine Nammanda struggled to tame Tunisia’s strong services, which made work hard for setter Milly Laker to design attacks. Irene Adeke and Christine Alupo couldn’t replicate their blocking prowess that won Uganda points against Seychelles and Mozambique in middle.
Uganda was lethargic in the second set, giving away free points on service and at 22-8 down, Laker made way for Eunice Nuwabigaba but she could do little to save the set as Tunisia won it 25-8.
Nuwabigaba, Maureen Mwamula and Saidat Nnungi started the third set, the latter two replacing Nammanda and Adeke respectively. The closest Uganda got in the third was an Astreede Agaaba ace that leveled the set at 5 all.
They then played catch up from then on before Tunisia created a 5 point gap (18-13), Uganda made it two (19-17) then later 18-20 but Tunisia came out on top 25-19 to keep their 100 percent record.
STANDINGS AS OF END OF MATCH DAY 4
P W L Pts
1. Kenya 4 4 0 12
2. Tunisia 4 4 0 12
3. Senegal 4 2 2 06
4. Uganda 4 2 2 05
5. Seychelles 4 0 4 01
6. Mozambique 4 0 4 00