Pipeline, GSU toast to Mombasa County Speaker’s Cup


Kenya Pipeline's Triza Atuka on the serve. (PHOTO/Courtesy)
Kenya Pipeline's Triza Atuka on the serve. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Kenya Pipeline and General Service Unit are the winners of the Mombasa County Speakers Cup that ended on Sunday at the Changamwe grounds.
  • In the senior women’s category, Kenya Pipeline out-shined former champions Kenya Prison 3-1(25-23, 25-21, 16-25, 27-25) to clinch the title.
  • Japhet Munala’s side put forth a vengeance following their straight sets loss to the same opponents in last month’s tourney in Nyeri County.

Kenya Pipeline and General Service Unit are the winners of the Mombasa County Speakers Cup that ended on Sunday at the Changamwe grounds.

In the senior women’s category, Kenya Pipeline out-shined former champions Kenya Prison 3-1(25-23, 25-21, 16-25, 27-25) to clinch the title.

Japhet Munala’s side put forth a vengeance following their straight sets loss to the same opponents in last month’s tourney in Nyeri County.

However, the teams had to endure unavoidable interruptions as a result of the heavy downpour.

In the senior men’s category, GSU came from a set down to beat Prisons 3-2(17-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18 and 16-14). It was a push and pull affair between the two teams as they sought to set their hands on the winner’s trophy.

Kenya Prisons started brightly in the first set, claiming a 25-17 win. However; the opposition coached by Gideon Tarus launched a spirited fight back to bag the second set 25-16, making the contest even.

The third set which was won by Prisons Kenya 25-21, was close and competitive in equal measure.

Prisons eventually won the set before GSU leveled the tie 2-2, sending the duel into a tie-break which was won by GSU 16-14, condemning their rivals to a second place finish .

On their way to the finals, GSU defeated Equity Bank 3-0(25-17, 25-16, 25-17), while their local opponents Prisons turned tables on Kenya Ports Authority 3-1(25-16, 25-22, 13-25, 25-23), in another semi-final clash.

The climax of this year’s tournament was the finals which showcased the raw volleyball talent in the country.

In other matches, USIU won the Schools and Colleges category after dismissing Mombasa Polytechnic in straight sets(25-21, 25-20, 25-9) in the final, while Coast based CVC won the self-supporting clubs category after beating Strikers 3-0.

The next leg of KVF national league will be held in Kitui County.

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