Kenya women’s volleyball team lost their 9th match at the ongoing FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup, going down 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-19) to Serbia at Park Arena Komaki in Japan.
Mercy Moim tallied 11 points, same as Serbia’s Jelena Nikolic but it was the Europeans who were left celebrating a 9th victory while the African champions suffered a 9th loss.
Serbia opened the first set with three straight points and went on to utilise their height advantage and strength to drill the Kenyan defence. Mihajlovic’s backrow kill and Stevanovic’s two blocks extended the Serbian lead to 16-6, then Maja Ognjenovic added two more blocks that pinned the Kenyans to an 18-6 score. Even when coach Zoran Terzic replaced Tijana Boskovic and Mihajlovic, the Serbian frontline still overwhelmed the Kenyans in the opening set 25-11.
Kenya held their ground against the European side in the second set to keep the score even at 4-all. Serbia started another run and succeeded with a 12-5 advantage as the Kenyan attacks mostly landed outside. Serbia took a 2-0 set-advantage after they secured the second set 25-14 with a cross-court spike from Nikolic. Kenya gained edge over Serbia in the third set 9-7 but the Europeans retrieved the advantage at 11-9.
Kenya fought fiercely to trail Serbia 21-18 but their opponents’ attack strength reigned to end set and match 25-19.
The defeat left the Malkia Strikers to second from bottom. They next face Peru in their last match.
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