Pipeline out-spike Prisons, inch closer to title


Kenya Pipeline women volleyball players celebrate scoring a point against Nairobi Water during their Kenya ...
(FILE)Kenya Pipeline women volleyball players celebrate scoring a point against Nairobi Water during their Kenya Volleyball Federation National play-offs at the Kenya Ports Authority Makande Gymnasium on November 25, 2016. Kenya Pipeline won 3-0. Photo/Said Ali/www.sportpicha.com

Kenya Pipeline head coach Japheth Munala has  lauded his team’s win against title rivals Kenya Prisons, adding that the victory underlines their desire to emerge victorious in the Kenya Volleyball Federation playoffs that is currently taking place at the Makande Gymnasium in Mombasa.

Pipeline edged Prisons by three straight sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-15) thus have an upper hand to defend the title ahead of Sunday’s match against Western Bombers.

“It is sweet to extend our winning run against Prisons. We haven’t lost against them in a number of games and today’s match was great. We played well and dominated through attacking and excellent service. For this win, I feel like my hands are blessed by God and I believe we will retain the title tomorrow,” Munala told Citizen Digital.

Pipeline who have won the title three times in a row have notched two straight wins and sit top of the log with six points. Prisons follow at second with three points, while KCB are third on equal points, and Bombers last with no point.

(FILE)Kenya national women volleyball team and Pipeline headcoach Japheth Munala instructs his charges against Uganda during their 2018 FIVB World championship qualifiers women match at Kasarani stadium Gymnasium on July 28, 2017. Kenya team won 3-0. Photo/Sportpicha.
(FILE)Kenya national women volleyball team and Pipeline headcoach Japheth Munala instructs his charges against Uganda during their 2018 FIVB World championship qualifiers women match at Kasarani stadium Gymnasium on July 28, 2017. Kenya team won 3-0. Photo/Sportpicha.

In the men’s category, GSU thrashed defending champions Kenya Prisons 3-1(27-25,25-15,15-25,25-18) to extend their hopes of reclaiming the title they last won in 2015. GSU have six points from two games and sit first on the log, Prisons follow with three points,while Coop Bank and Kenya Ports Authority have zero points ahead of their meeting set for late on Saturday evening.

A win for GSU against Co operative Bank  on Sunday will earn them the title. Meanwhile, KPA will play host to Kenya Prisons.

Saturday Results

Women

KCB v Western Bombers 3-1(25-17,23-25,25-19,25- 9)

Kenya Pipeline v Kenya Prisons 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-15)

Men

GSU v Kenya Prisons 3-1(27-25,25-15,15-25,25-18)

Kenya Ports Authority v Cooperative Bank (underway)

Sundays Fixtures

Men

Prisons vs KPA

GSU vs Coop Bank

Women

Kenya Pipeline vs Western Bombers

Kenya Prisons vs KCB

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