NAIROBI, Kenya- General Service Unit (GSU) head coach, Moses Epoloto, believes their roaring regular season set the tone for his side to reclaim the men’s Kenya Volleyball Federation national title over the weekend.
The paramilitary men dethroned bitter rivals Kenya Prisons after sweeping through the play-offs unbeaten and Epoloto who doubles as the national team Mfalme Strikers head coach was thrilled at the outcome.
“Finally our hard work has paid off. For us it has been about working hard to make the team click. We are happy to get the national title,” the tactician said after his side crushed Co-operative Bank of Kenya 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-23) in their final encounter to scoop the crown.
It was not a surprise to see GSU win the title especially after whipping all their opponents in the three-day play-offs at the Makande Gymnasium in the coastal city of Mombasa, notably their 3-1 win over 2016 winners Prisons on Saturday setting them up for the volleyball crown.
“After losing the title to Prisons, we embarked on a journey to rebuild,” Epoloto added.
Japheth Munala, his Malkia Queens counterpart at the national level, on the other hand celebrated Kenya Pipeline’s fourth straight KVF women’s volleyball league title at the same venue.
Pipeline romped to glory on the back of their 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-15) rout of arch-rivals Kenya Prisons on Saturday they finished the job by handing play-off debutantes Western Bombers another straight sets beating.
“After topping the regular season, there was only one target-to win all our matches in the three day play offs. It was not an easy task but the girls were up to it,” stated Munala.
GSU topped the playoffs with nine points, Prisons finished second with five, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) came third with three while Cooperative Bank finished last without a win.
In the women’s category, Pipeline topped with nine, Prisons ended with six, Kenya Commercial Bank with three and Bombers with a point.