July 18, 2024

Pipeline dominate individual awards in Zone V win

Pipeline dominate individual awards in Zone V win
Kenya Pipeline Libero Agripina Kundu receives her award

Kenya Pipeline women's volleyball club had a stellar display at the 2023 CAVB Zone V Club Championships in Kigali, Rwanda to be crowned 2023 champions.

Kenya Pipeline women's volleyball club had a stellar display at the 2023 CAVB Zone V Club Championships in Kigali, Rwanda to be crowned 2023 champions.

The Paul Gitau-led Oilers made their debut in the competition on its second edition and were unstoppable as they beat all and sundry to lift the title.

In the final played on Sunday 19 November, the sole Kenyan representatives, who are working on reclaiming the local league title they lost to KCB in this year's playoffs, defeated home side Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-19) in the game played at the Bank of Kigali Arena.

With initial plans to have the matches played in a round-robin format, with a final introduced later on between the top two finishers, Pipeline sent their statement of intent early on, winning the first match 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-21) over Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

The Kenyans, meeting RRA for the first time in the second match, went past the Rwandese side in another straight-sets victory

Pipeline lost their first, and only, set in the competition when they picked a 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23) win over National Police of Rwanda, before wrapping up their preliminary rounds with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-15) win over Patriotic Army (APR) on Saturday.

When the final whistle blew on Sunday evening, it was the Kenyan league runners-up celebrating, not only for the win but also for dominating the individual awards.

National team setter Rose Magoi was named the competition'sMost Valuable Player (MVP) as hard-hitting Pamela Adhiambo was named the competition's best attacker.

Triza Atuka, who has made the blocking department her fortress in Africa won another best blocker award as teammate at club and national team level Agripina Kundu was named best libero.  

In the men's category, Kenyan league MVP Elphas Makuto was in cruise control as he guided Rwanda National Police to victory with a stellar performance.

His impact was undeniable in their 3-1 win (20-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-17) over Uganda's Sport S Volleyball Club in the final.

Best Attacker - Pamela Adhiambo
Best Blocker - Trizah Atuka
Best Libero - Agripna Kundu
Most Valuable Player - Rose Magoi