KDF missess playoffs in Mombasa, Nairobi Water qualify

By emmanuel sabuni
Oct 14, 2016
  • GSU have qualified for the play offs in Mombasa while KDF mised out for the first time. (SNA. File Photo)

General Service Unit (GSU), Nairobi Water, Kenya Prisons and Kenya Ports Authority will be chasing the men’s Kenya Volleyball Federation title after they qualified to play in this year’s national play off.

But, a regular participant, Kenya Defence Forces missed out the Mombasa tour set for 25-27 next month.

In the women's category, title chasers will be Kenya Prisons, Kenya Pipeline, Nairobi Water and Kenya Commercial Bank.

KDF were beaten by KPA in a four-set thriller, 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-22, 25-19) in men’s crucial decider match in Eldama Ravine, Friday.

This will be the first time in the history of the club that they will be missing the playoff in any of the season they've taken part in the KVF league.

GSU humbled Kenya Prisons by straight sets 25-21, 25-20 and 25-21 to cement their leadership at the top of the table of the league standing with 33 points.

But all goodies went to Nairobi Water who will be making their debut in the play off while KPA booked their second consecutive appearance since they replaced former regulars Forest Rangers.

The dockers came stronger in the last two sets having surrendered the second set to grab the last ticket to Makande. They joined GSU, Nairobi Water and Kenya Prisons in the men's category while the women's line up has Kenya Prisons, Kenya Pipeline, Nairobi Water and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).

Former women's national champions Kenya Prisons extended their unbeaten record against the defending champions, Kenya Pipeline whom they humbled 3-1 (25-23, 23-25 ,25-19, 28-26).

The win over Pipeline saw Prisons finish the regular season unbeaten after eight matches and Pipeline must now come up with a strategy to stop the marauding wardresses lest they lose their title.

Prisons last won the national trophy three years ago while Pipeline has won it back-to-back and are now chasing a treble.

Kenya Commercial Bank and Nairobi Water's march to the play off was made easy after Bungoma County failed to turn up for the league matches, forcing officials to give a walkover.

The two will join champions Kenya Pipeline and league leaders Kenya Prisons to the play-offs set for Mombasa next month.

Playoff line up

Men: GSU, Nairobi Water, Kenya Prisons and KPA.

Women: Kenya Prisons, Kenya Pipeline, Nairobi Water and KCB.