GSU, Prisons begin title defense on winning note
GSU , Prison and KCB record important wins at the KVF national League in Kitui
Irene Simiyu (7) of Bungoma County is blocked by Esther Mutinda(2) and Valentine Chepkoeck (7) of Kenya Pipeline./Photo Courtesy
Champions General Service Unit (men) and Prisons Kenya (women) started their title defense on winning notes during the second leg of the Kenya Volleyball Federation national league on Friday at Kitui High School.
GSU had an easy cruise of 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-19) past Nairobi Prisons before battling a stubborn Kenya Ports Authority 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20) to stash maximum points.
Former men’s league champions Prisons Kenya saw off the recently revamped Equity Bank 3-1 (26-24, 14-25, 25-15, 25-15) as they began their title reclamation campaign. The David Lung’aho-coached side also defeated fellow warders featuring for Nairobi Prisons 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-19).
Military sides Kenya Army and Kenya Defence Force out muscled Western Prisons in a five setter match 3-2 (20-25, 25-12, 15-25, 28-26, 15-12) and Vihiga County in straight sets of 25-15, 25-23, 25-15 respectively. Kenya Ports Authority thwarted Bungoma County’s efforts to rake in any points with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-15) win.
KDF made sure they return to Nyeri with maximum points with a 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 28-26, 25-19) win over Mombasa Prisons. Bungoma County team once again suffered a defeat but managed to collect one point from the 2-3 (18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 10-15) loss to Administration Police of Kenya.
After blowing their one set lead against Prisons Kenya to lose 1-3 (22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-15), coach Japheth Munala and his legion dotted with defectors from Kenya Pipeline came haunting the oilers. KCB who signed over five players from Pipeline alongside the coach late last year had no mercy for their former employer beating them 3-1 (21-25, 33-31, 25-19, 25-13) in the highlight of the day.
However, Kenya Pipeline will leave Kitui with three points from their win over Bungoma County 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-21) before the Western Kenya side regrouped to clobber Mombasa-based outfit Ashton in straight sets of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-16.