Kenya Prisons won bronze medal after tearing down former champions Ahly in a captivating 5 set thriller 3-2 (25-13, 10-25, 25-20, 22-25, 10-15) in the 3rd place playoff.
The first set started strong and an evenly matched few points led Ahly ahead of Prison. Ahly kept up the lead, celebrating a win of 25-13. A few deceitful serves in the second set put Prisons one step ahead Ahly, the record winners struggled to claw back throughout the set. The tension rose with each point. As Prisons continued to pick up their form and they killed the set 25-10.
In the third set all the pieces seemed to fit together for Ahly. The 2016 winners kept regrouping the balance on court so as to avoid having huge holes. Their composure and experience kept them going to take the lead 2-1 after they won the set 25-20.
With good confidence from the 2nd set, it was time for Prisons to shine and fight they did and managed to turn up the heat by winning 25-22.
It was an exciting (or nerve wrecking, depends who you ask) game to watch with a “unique” touch in the deciding set. Prisons got the hang of it, they got some great sets, some sneaky tips, good defence and hitting from the rest of the players and, which shouldn’t be surprising by now. The more their communication improved, the better they started playing and they won the 5th set 15-10.
The entire hall cheered up the Kenyans for the fight and chanted for their great win against Ahly as they totally removed the crown from 8 time record champions