NAROBI, Kenya- National team assistant captain and General Service Unit wing attacker; Cornelius Kiplagat, is proud to be the 2017 Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) Most Valuable Player.
Kiplagat was honoured with the award at the KVF National League play-offs that concluded at the Makande Gymnasium in Mombasa on Sunday.
This was the third time the 26-year-old father-of-one was stepping into the middle step of podium to receive the glittering trophy following his 2013 and 15 successes at the paramilitary side.
“No amount of words can describe how happy I’m feeling. To be declared the best volleyball player in Kenya is not a walk in the park, it means a lot to me, the club and my family,” Kiplagat told SportPesa News.
Kiplagat has left nothing on the court to inspire his side to the national title after GSU reclaimed the national crown from arch rivals Kenya Prisons over the weekend.
“The secret is personal training. I always make sure I go an extra mile at the gym after sessions with our coaches on the field,” he stated.
Kiplagat’s volleyball star began to rise immediately he graduated from Cheptil High School in 2012.
“I linked up with Blue Triangle Club and had my first stint in the league that season. We were weak as a team but I always made sure I gave my best.
“I was approached by GSU at the end of that season and we finished fifth overall in the league. The GSU deal was so enticing, I bid Blue Triangle farewell and joined the forces. It was the best decision I ever made in my life.
“I’m not only paid well at GSU but I also get opportunities to be trained by international coaches,” Kiplagat explained.
After his six-year stint in the KVF league, Kiplagat feels he is now mature and ready to ply his trade overseas.
“My desire is to play professional volleyball in Turkey. They pay well and their level of competition is beyond what we have here.
“In Turkey, there are great opportunities to meet with other world class players. The country also applies modern training techniques and their state of the art facilities are amazing,” he added.
GSU head coach, Moses Epoloto agrees Kiplagat can only get better.
“The secret that makes Kiplagat among the best in the league is discipline and team work. I’m proud and believe he deserves the best. He is one player who always gives more than a hundred percent both in training and in matches,” Epoloto hailed.
Cornelius Kiplagat’s Achievements
2013: KVF National League winner
2013: KVF Most Valuable Player
2014: KVF Best Attacker
2015: KVF Most Valuable Player
2015: KVF National League winner
2016: KVF Best Attacker
2017: KVF National League winner
2017: KVF Most Valuable Player
2017 KVF Women’s Premier League Awards
- Best server – Sarah Osanyo from Bombers
- Best Receiver – Mercy Moim (Prisons)
- Best Setter – Janet Wanja (Pipeline)
- Best Attacker – Trizah Atuka (Pipeline)
- Best blocker – Edith Wisah (Prison)
- Best Libero – Agripina Kundu (Pipeline)
- Most Valuable player – Violet Makuto
2017 KVF Men’s Premier League Awards
- Best server – Kelvin Maiyo (Prison)
- Best Receiver – Jairus Better (Prisons)
- Best Setter – Brian Melly (GSU)
- Best Attacker – Moses Omondi (Coop)
- Best blocker – Rodgers Kipkirui (Prison)
- Best Libero – Sam Juma (KPA)
- Most Valuable player – Cornelius Kiplagat (GSU)
2017 KVF women’s play-offs standings
- Kenya Pipeline
- Kenya Prison
- Kenya Commercial Bank
- Bungoma Bombers
2017 KVF men’s play-offs standings
- Kenya Prison