African volleyball champions Kenya Prisons begin their campaign to recapture the local diadem when they entertain Nairobi Water in the opening match of the Kenya Volleyball Football (KVF) league play-offs at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani this morning.
Prisons take to tcourt at 10am hoping to repeat their final preliminary league match where they beat the water girls 3-0 (25-9, 25-21 and 25-18) at the Nyayo Stadium on September 28.
The wardresses lost the title to Kenya Pipeline in last year's final, falling 3-0 (25-23, 25-23 and 25-22). Speaking last week, coach David Lung'aho observed that Pipeline are still the team to beat even though he is not undermining the rest of the teams including Water and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).
The two sides have dominated the local and continental volleyball and faced off in the final of the Africa Club championships earlier in the year where the waRdresses reigned supreme over the Japheth Munala led team. Lunga'ho had a difficult outing at the FIVB world club championships where they failed to win a match in their three-team pool and will therefore seek solace by clinching the local league.
Prisons and Pipeline have faced off several times this season and Pipeline have not managed a win.
Munala will be banking on his fit again hard hitter Asha Makuto who injured her leg fighting off Prisons during the continental club championships.
Prisons will also be involved in the men's competition as they seek to wrestle back the title from General Service Unit (GSU), who dethroned them last year. Other teams seeking to grab the men's title are Forest rangers and Ulinzi. The play-offs start this morning through Thursday.
Kenya Prison v Nairobi Water (10am)
Kenya Pipeline v K. C. B (12pm)
G.S.U. v Forest Rangers (2pm)
Kenya Prison v Ulinzi (4pm)