KCB, the defending champions of the Women's African Volleyball Club Championship, concluded their pool campaign on a triumphant note, overpowering Salitgue of Senegal with a resounding 3-0 victory (25-11, 25-13, 25-15) at the indoor gymnasium in Grombalia, Tunisia.
Having secured three consecutive wins since Saturday, the Bankers emerged as the leaders of Pool B.
Their next opponents for the round of 16 will be determined later, as they enter the crucial knockout stage with a sense of confidence, aiming for consecutive titles in Tunisia.
Throughout the match, KCB showcased unwavering confidence right from the start, imposing their trademark hard-hitting style and dominating all three sets against the Senegalese side.
Under the guidance of Japheth Munala, the team has displayed exceptional determination in Tunisia, particularly in their first two matches held at Nabeul's indoor gymnasium.
Following the team's victory yesterday evening, KCB's technical advisor, Paul Bitok, praised the players for their resilience but also urged them to remain focused.
He emphasized the importance of not underestimating any team in the knockout stage, highlighting the potential consequences of complacency.
“We are taking it match after match and we will treat our round of 16 fixture as any other match. We don’t want to underrate any team in the knockout stage because if we stumble, we fall,” Bitok emphasized.
“We’ll continue to focus on the next two matches (round of 16 and quarters) and see how it goes.”
Bitok expressed gratitude for the team's new players, Juliana Namutira and Esther Mutinda, and praised their contributions.
He highlighted the effective partnership between Juliana and Moim, as well as the impressive combination of Belindah Barasa Najnala and Mutinda.
Bitok noted the team's improvement in reception, an area that had previously been a weakness but now seems to be working well.
The technical advisor also commended the blend of young and experienced players, acknowledging their contribution to the team's successful court formation in Tunisia.
Bitok particularly credited Esther Mutinda Kamene, the team's new setter, for her transformative impact on the game.
“The young and seasoned players have also come in handy here in Tunisia as both are now matching up very well. I give credit to our new setter Esther Mutinda Kamene; she has really changed the game for KCB.”
“We are now playing faster than ever before. Moim is still a great player and a mentor to the youngsters; her experience is playing out in the team’s set up. She continues to push the team to greater heights."
With their dominant display in the pool stage and the collective strengths of their players, KCB is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with as they move forward in the Women's African Volleyball Club Championship.