GSU, Kenya Prisons ease into KVF playoffs


Mike Chemos of Kenya Prisons (blue kit) during the Kenya Volleyball Federation second leg in ...
Mike Chemos of Kenya Prisons (blue kit) during the Kenya Volleyball Federation second leg in Kitui. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • General Service Unit (GSU) and Kenya Prisons stayed on course to defending their Kenya Volleyball Federation respective titles after completing their progressions into the play-offs on Thursday
  • The two giants kept their unbeaten records intact with their wins to ensure they topped of their respective tables on the first day of the KVF final league two-day phase in Kapsabet

General Service Unit (GSU) and Kenya Prisons stayed on course to defending their Kenya Volleyball Federation respective titles after completing their progressions into the play-offs on Thursday.

The two giants kept their unbeaten records intact with their wins to ensure they topped of their respective tables on the first day of the KVF final league two-day phase in Kapsabet.

GSU spiked Prisons Mombasa by straight sets of 7-25,17-25, 22-25 in their first match of the day before coming down 2-1 sets to defeat their arch-rivals Kenya Prisons 3-2 (23-25, 31-33,25-15, 16-25 and 15-9) in a pulsating men league tie to extend their lead with 26points jointly with Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) who have an inferior set ratio.

The paramilitary side will on Friday wind up their league matches against Administration Police Kenya (APK) and struggling Equity Bank and if they win the two matches they finish the league unbeaten for the second year running ahead of the playoffs.

KPA also eased to the November playoffs with two matches to spare after defeating Prisons Kenya 3-2 and a 3-1 against Kenya Defence Forces (KDF). KDF and Kenya Prisons occupy the final playoffs berths respectively but they will wait until Friday to know their fate.

KDF will play Nairobi Prisons before facing off against Kenya Army while Kenya Prisons are penciled to meet Bungoma County team and Kenya Army.

Speaking after GSU marched into the playoffs, head coach Gideon Tarus said he has already shifted focus to the playoffs.

“I’m not underrating anyone but my focus is on playoffs because I want to retain my title for the third time in a row. I will ensure I win my remaining matches tomorrow to finish atop of the table,” he told Citizen Digital.

In the women’s contest, defending champions Kenya Prisons profited from a walkover after Bungoma and Vihiga County teams failed to turn up owing to a lack of fund.

The Josp Barasa coached side now lead the eight-team league on 13 points behind KCB who had no fixture on Thursday.

Former champions Kenya Pipeline also joined Prisons and KCB into the last four after picking two straight wins against DCI and KDF.

KDF and DCI are fighting for the final playoffs slot and they must win their final ties where both faces champion Prison Kenya.

The playoffs will be staged at the Kasarani Indoor Arena from November 22-24.

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