Prisons, GSU crowned new AMACO champions

Prisons, GSU crowned new AMACO champions

Lydia Maiyo immersed contributions helped Kenya Prisons (women) dethrone Kenya Pipeline as the new champions of the 10th edition of AMACO International Volleyball tournament Sunday at Eldoret Polytechnic grounds courtesy of their 
3-1 (18-25, 28-26,25-18,25-23) triumph in the final. 

But celebration  at the Prisons camp only lasted about 20 minutes after General Service Unit also dethroned their male colleague from the throne following a hard fought identical set 3-1 (25-27,28-26, 25-22, 25-21) scores over the reigning Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF)  champions. 

Maiyo was voted the tournament's most valuable player for her contribution which saw her side overcame a setback on the opening set to win the match by three sets to one. 

Prisons players contributed their own money to make approximately 150km trip to Eldoret from Nairobi but their effort and resilience was rewarded with a Ksh100,000 thanks to their  3-1 (18-25, 28-26,25-18,25-23)  win over arch rivals Pipeline in the final.

Pipeline,  reigning national champions and Africa silver medalist started the match strongly when they took the opening set 25-18 thanks to some excellent reception and execution from ever green Mildred Oduako and Leonidas Kasaya. But Prisons regrouped to grab the subsequent three sets to the dismay of Coach Japheth Munala who shelved the National team duties to be with his players. Munala is the national women's team assistant coach.

Prisons men lack of concentration cost them the match when they dropped the last three sets to a determined GSU side who staged a great comeback to win  3-1 (25-27,28-26, 25-22, 25-21) before 

GSU and Prisons exchange leads after the two sides tied seven ups in the opening exchanges but Prisons took control of the wheel in the tail end of the first set only to surrender three points lead 24-21 to allow GSU catch up with them 24 ups.  The reigning national champions however still recovered to win the opening set 27-25 thanks to a block-out from Mike Chemos' powerful attack from the left.

The second set bore strong resemblance to the first.  Both teams traded carefully with no one taking the risk of playing catch up.  Despite a see-saw exchanges ( 3-3, 5-5,9-9) Prisons put more foot on the gas,  taking  three point lead at 13-9. Once again,  Chemos who plies his trade in Finland was the man of the moment and crowd's  favorite but he turned from hero to vilain in his final attack of the second set when his attempted dodge  hit the net, allowing GSU  a point advantage (27-26) before Silas  Kipruto's spiked was blocked in for an equalising set 28-26 which threw the game wide open.

Backed by a passionate crowd., GSU came back more rejuvenated and easily won the third and fourth sets 25-22 and 25-21 to go home with the Ksh. 100,000 prize money. 

Meanwhile Nairobi Water and Kenya commercial Bank finished third in both genders.

Water (men) completed their double over Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) whom they had beaten in the league match Friday when they came from behind after a marathon first set to beat the dockers 3-1 (29-31, 25-22,25-17,25122) and go home with the third place playoff award.  Losing finalists took home Ksh. 75,000 while second runners up went home with Ksh. 50,000 and trophies. 

In the semis Kenya Prisons had nicked out  Nairobi Water with a  3-2 (15-25,25-21,15-25,25-22,215-12) while Kenya Pipeline bet KCB by straight sets (25-15,25-21,25-18) in the other semi final. 

Prisons (men) also knocked out Water in the semis 3-1(25-21,25-22,16-25,25-22) to progress to the final same as GSU who  fought from a set down to over power KPA  3-1 (23-25,25-18,25-20,25-14)

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