Kenya Pipeline retain title, Prisons dethrone GSU

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Nov 29, 2016
  • General Service Unit surrendered the men's title to Kenya Prisons while Kenya Pipeline retained the women's diadem. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya Pipeline retained the Kenya volleyball Federation women's national league while Kenya Prisons dethroned General Service Unit a (GSU) to the men's seat on the final day of the national playoff which ended Sunday at Makande Hall in Mombasa.

The champions, Kenya Pipeline twice came from behind to inflicts another painful loss on Kenya Prisons with 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23,15-9) triumph.

Kenya Prisons reclaimed the title they lost to GSU last year after crushing Kenya Ports Authority by straight set (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) in their last match.

Kenya Pipeline win over their fiercest rivals saw Kenya Prisons set a record for the longest title drought to three consecutive years.

Mombasa has never been an easy stage for Kenya Prisons who have only won this title once on this stage, in their debut season way back in 2008. The last time they won the title was in 2013.

Kenya Pipeline who twice lost to Kenya Prisons in the regular season got the better side of their opponents but finished the season on a high, going unbeaten at the playoff.

Kenya Prisons opened the match on a high but eased their foot off the gas pedal along the way. The match consumed two casualties, with both captains Loice Jepkosgei (Prisons) and Noel Murambi (Pipeline) being pulled out with a back and ankle injuries respectively.

The opening set was headed Kenya Pipeline's way but a10-minute power outage at the competition venue gave David Lung'aho a chance to have a talk with his squad.

Kenya Prisons turned the table

Trailing 4-10, Kenya Prisons turned the table on resumption when they caught up with the runner away leaders at 17-all only to wrap the set 25-21.

Kenya Pipeline responded in the second set and despite another power blackout, they controlled the proceedings, leading from start to the end.

Kenya Prisons suffered the first injury setback after Jepkosgei collided with her libero forcing her to leave the court. She was replaced by Yvonne Wavinya who's presence did very little to stop the marauding Kenya Pipeline.

The champions rounded the set 25-17 to level the scores 1-1. The third set was evenly spread and despite Kenya Pipeline taking a three-point lead (9-5), Kenya Prisons rallied back to open one point gap into the second technical time out.

On resumption, Kenya Prisons widened the gap to a three-point lead (19-16) and never looked back, going all the way to extend their set advantage to 2-1 from the 25-21 win in the third set.

The game consumed the second casualty after Murambi twisted her ankle and was replaced by Naomi Too who helped her side to a 25-23 win to cancel Kenya Prisons' advantage and stretch the game to the final fifth set.

Kenya Pipeline took an early lead in the decisive set to wrap the game 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23,15-9). The winners each got Ksh300,000 as prize money.

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) finished third above Nairobi Water whom they beat 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16) in the first match.

By KVF Media