National women’s team Malkia Strikers have been relegated to Group Three of the FIVB World Grand Prix after losing all their Group Two matches in the two legged tournament that ended on Sunday evening in Włocławek, Poland.
In their final match of the campaign on Sunday night, Kenya put up a strong fight but lost 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-17) to Argentina.
This meant that the African volleyball champions have lost all their six matches, against Argentina (twice), Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and hosts Poland by straight sets to finish bottom of the group.
Coach David Lung’aho however has no regrets after the relegation to group three, saying that there were plenty of lessons to take from the tournament that took 37 days.
“We have played many games, lost all of them, but I am happy because we have been improving every day. We have to accept that this isn’t our level. Group Two was too competitive and to excel there we must step up training.
“Games have been very difficult at this stage but today we have proved a point. We came very close to winning the game especially in the first and second set but we let it slip,” he said.
In the Sunday game, captain Mercy Moim whipped up a player of the match performance, scoring 18 points as Argentina’s Tanya Acosta was the team’s top scorer with 11 points.
For the first time in the tournament, Kenya led their opponents, albeit temporarily at 8-7 when the Argentina team manager called for the first technical time out.
Kenya recorded a similar fight in the second set where they held the South American team to a 15-15 score at the second time out, but the lanky Argentines applied impeccable serving skills to settle that set 25-22 in their favor.