NAIROBI, Kenya- The seventh and final leg of Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) National League saw Men’s defending champions, Prisons, dismissing AP Kenya with a 3-0 victory to cement their place in the play-offs set for Makande Gymnasium, Mombasa, on December 1-3.
The winners soared over their hapless opponents with gusto, winning all the one-sided sets 25-16, 25-16 and 25-22.
“This victory has granted us a lifeline, our focus from now will be to plot on how to defend the much-cherished title we won last season,” Prisons Kenya head coach Gideon Chenje told SportPesa News.
While Prisons Kenya were basking in glory after the fete, their star-studded women counterparts were in low spirits after defending champions, Kenya Pipeline, ended their six-match unbeaten run in the league.
Kenya Pipeline raked maximum points after thrashing their opponents 3-0.
The oilers started the contest strong, bagging the opening set 25-13. The second set was closely contested until the final stretch when Pipeline broke lose to win 25-23.
Pipeline were cautious to leave nothing to chance in the third set they won 25-15. The beaten Prisons squad included Edith Wisah, Joy Luseneka, Mercy Moim, Immaculate Chemtai, Everline Makuto.
Apart from the defending champions, other women’s side that sealed their deal for the play-offs included Kenya Commercial Bank and Prisons Kenya.
Nairobi Water’s fate in the qualification for the play-offs now hangs in the balance after they failed to show up at the contest.
Other men’s sides who booked a play-off berth were the General Service Unit and Co-op Bank Kenya.
KVF President Waithaka Kioni stated that the play-offs format will be round-robin format for both men and women.
“The play-offs will be followed by a gala dinner where the federation will crown the winners and reward the best outstanding players in seven categories,” Kioni said.
League teams in the Baringo contest will tomorrow take part in an open tournament which has attracted 50 teams from across the country.