Prisons upset champs GSU, one match away from title

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Nov 26, 2016
  • Kenya Prisons savor a win in the past. They are one match away from winning this year's men's volletball title in Mombasa. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya Prisons men's volleyball club will need any win margin against Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in their last match Sunday to be crowned the 2016 Kenya Volleyball Federation league champions.

The warders came from two sets disadvantage to put a firm grip on the trophy after beating arch rivals and pre-championship favourites General Service Unit (GSU) 3-2 (25-17,19-25, 21-25, 25-22,15-11) in a fierce battle at the Makande Hall.

They lead with five points, one better than the losers.

Kenya Prisons rallied to grab all the three points against Nairobi Water in their opening match on Friday thanks to a hard fought 3-1 result.

They further showed intent to reclaim the trophy they surrendered to GSU last year by beating their Police colleagues to snatch vital two points.

GSU may have a record 11 national titles but they have never won a back-to-back since 2008. They now face the reality of chasing that record unless they beat Nairobi Water in their last match tomorrow (Sunday) by straight sets and hope that KPA stretches Prisons to five sets.

Such a scenario would mean they have a better set scores advantage which will ensure they retain the diadem.

Kenya Prisons has dropped only three sets and boast a 2-0 win-loss ratio while GSU with a 1-1 win loss ratio have dropped four sets.

KPA's performance against Nairobi Water in their second match means the games will go down to the wire on the last day.

Crept back to contention

The hosts crept back to contention for the national glory after a 3-1 (17-25, 18-25, 21-25, 21-25) win over Nairobi Water. They too can still win this trophy but must pull a straight sets win over Kenya Prisons on Sunday and hope that Nairobi Water stretches GSU to five sets.

A 3-0 win over Kenya Prisons will see KPA move to the top on six points but they will have to wait for the outcome of the last match between GSU and Nairobi Water where a celebration in KPA's camp will start as soon as the last whistle of the fourth set is blown should the game be tied 2-2 in the fourth set.

Nairobi Water, which also lost their opener against Kenya Prisons, are out of contention although they showed promise in the coming years by measuring up against the top teams.

They are only two years old into the league and booked a first national playoffs berth following a good run throughout the season which also saw them lead the log until the second last leg of the regular season.

The women's battle will be determined by the last match between defending champions Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Prisons tomorrow.

Kenya Pipeline maintained the lead on the log on the second day after a straight 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-23) win over Kenya Commercial Bank.They also beat Nairobi Water on Friday.

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