GSU top KVF league after Co-op win

By emmanuel sabuni
Sep 09, 2021

National volleyball champions General Service Unit (GSU) have for the first time topped the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) men's league and lead Nairobi Water by a point. The Ruaraka based club won their first match against Cooperative Bank of Kenya in the ongoing league in Voi, Taita Taveta County on Friday.

The team earned maximum points without playing after they were awarded two walk-overs against Bungoma County and Administration police.

The team laboured to see off a defiant Cooperative Bank in a thrilling four-setter in court one. GSU won the first set in 25-20 before losing the second set 22-25.

They bounced back to claim the third and fourth sets in 25-19 25-21 in the first match.

They were then awarded six free points without breaking a sweat which saw them leapfrog Nairobi Water to first place after Bungoma County and Administration Police failed to turn up for the league games.

In the tournament GSU bagged 9 points to top the league on 30 points, one shy of Nairobi Water who surrendered the lead for the first time this year.

Water who only have a match against Bungoma County, also pushed their points tally to 29 after beating Mount Kenya University (MKU) straights sets (25-11,25-17,25-16).

The two teams are now safely in the playoff set for November 25-27 in Mombasa but former champion Kenya Prisons must not drop a set against KPA and Kenya Defence Forces next month in order to progress to the best of four.

Playoff set for November 

Kenya Prisons though eased a bit of pressure off their chest with a hard fought 3-1(25-18, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-20) win over their workmates from the Coast, Mombasa Prisons.

Despite the loss to their seniors, Mombasa Prisons stretched their point tally to 10 with a comfortable 3-0 (25-12, 25-12 and 25-22) win over varsity side, Mount Kenya University. KPA also benefited from the absence Bungoma County when they were awarded a walkover which pushed them to 24 points.

The same mathematical calculation is being applied in the women's category where the absence of Bungoma helped pushed Nairobi Water two places up in the table. Water's campaign got a boost thanks to a walkover against Bungoma.

The free points plus three registered against KCB took them to third on 13.

This result means that for the first time Nairobi Water will be represented by two team in the playoffs.

Prisons and Pipeline are safe after beating KCB and Water 3-0 (25-14,25-14,25-18) and 3-1 (23-25, 25-17,25-15,25-20) respectively.