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Monday, October 1, 2018

Cameroon Made History, Wins Africa’s First-ever Women’s World Champion

Cameroon made history on Saturday, winning their first-ever World Championship match by beating Mexico – who have lost their last 15 matches in this tournament, and haven’t won since a 3-0 sweep over Spain in 1982.

Cameroon was led by 21 points from Laetitia Assoko on 16/31 hitting, which also included 2 blocks and 3 aces in a well-rounded performance for the 25-year old outside hitter. Christelle Tchoudjang Nana followed her with 15 points.

Mexico was red by 20 points from Andrea Rangel, though it took her 49 swings (34.7% hitting) to get there. Samantha Bricio was much more efficient for the team, hitting 16-for-23 at outside hitter for 18 total points – as Cameroon focused on shutting-down Rangel in the match. The former USC Trojan is moving from Italy to Turkey next year for her 3rd professional season.

Japan, Netherlands, and Cameroon were the unsurprising day 1 winners in Pool A at the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championships. For Cameroon, that marked their first-ever World Championships win after going 0-5 in 2014 and 2016: their only two previous appearances. Not only was it their first victory, but it was the first victory for the entire continent of Africa, before Kenya followed with a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in Pool D later in the day.

#18 CAMEROON DEF. #26 MEXICO 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-21)

Cameroon moves to 1-0 (3 points); Mexico falls to 0-1 (0 points)Attendance: 2,750Match Stats