Equity, Prisons register mixed results on day one
On Sunday, KCB faces Prisons Kenya (women) as Equity play GSU in the men's competition
Former champions Prisons Kenya bagged a win and a loss as the Kenya Volleyball Federation national league served off on Saturday, January 23 at the Ruiru Grounds.
After 12 months of no activity in the volleyball scene due the coronavirus pandemic, Prisons Kenya had to endure a five-set tie against Equity Bank to rake in two points.
The Ruiru-based side begun on the fast lane, cruising to grab a 25-17 win in the opening set before the bankers sent a message to the big boys. Coached by coach Sammy Kirongo, Equity Bank stole the ensuing two tight sets 25-27 and 27-29 (1-2) but David Lung'aho's charges regrouped to restore parity (2-2) with a 25-16 win in the fourth period.
This sent the game to a tie-breaker which the warders overpowered Equity Bank in a 15-11 win for a 3-2 victory and two points.
In their second duel of the day, tables were turned on Prisons Kenya as their all-time nemesis and reigning champions General Service Unit went home with the victory. However, the paramilitary side did not have it easy as Prisons forced a five set thriller.
Both sides started out strong in the opening set but GSU finished stronger- 25-21. Prisons put their house in order and leveled affairs 18-25 for 1-1. Sensing danger, GSU re-energized but Prisons' momentum was already on fire and they won 23-25 (1-2). In what looked like the title match, lineups traded fireworks in the fourth set which ended 29-27 in favour of GSU for 2-2. The fierce exchange continued to the decider set which Gideon Tarus' frontliners bagged 15-12 for a GSU 3-2 win.
In their other match, Equity Bank romped past Kenya Army outfit in straight sets of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-15.
In the women's league, Kenya Commercial Bank snatched three fast sets from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation 25-18, 25-19 and 25-16. Former multiple holders Kenya Pipeline too walloped returnees Nairobi Water in straight sets of 25-13 25-18 and 25-18.
On Sunday, KCB faces Prisons Kenya (women) as Equity play GSU in the men's competition.