The Star (Nairobi)

23 November 2012

Kenya: Prisons Are Best

Kenya Prisons women's volleyball team reclaimed the Kenya Volleyball Federation national league title with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15 and 25-19) demolition of holders Kenya Pipeline at the Moi, Kasarani yesterday.

Prisons victory was a culmination of a breath taking season display, where they won all their matches, dropping only five sets.

The coaches from the two sides named their strongest squads for the decider. Prison's David Lung'aho lined up Jane Wacu, Evelyne Makuto, Diana Khisa, Lydia Maiyo, Mercy Moim, Elizabeth Nafula and Dorcas Jepleting while Munala had Noel Murambi, Ruth Jepngetich, Asha Makuto, Emily Chemtai, Lucy Chege and Agripina Kundu.

International setter Wacu exposed the Pipeline defence with one of her trademark tricks to grab the first point for Prisons and Moim doubled the lead to 2-0.

Asha Makuto made it 2-1 with a superb strike but that was it for the initial exchanges as Prisons went 8-3 up at the first technical time out.

Several unforced errors from youngster Murambi coupled with characteristic spikes from Moim, Khisa and Evelyne saw the wardresses go up 16-7 at the second time out. Pipeline staged a comeback through Jepng'etich, Makuto and Wangeci but still trailed 24-15, when Chemtai was carried off the pitch with ankle injury. She was replaced by Christine Siwa.

The second set was a close encounter with a give and take point wins and Pipeline were 8-7 up at the first time out. Prisons then caged the champions to open up a seven point gap at 15-8 and went on to charge 18-15. They then scored seven unanswered points to win it 25-15.

Prisons knew it was their match to lose and so went straight into the third with their eyes on the prize as Maiyo and Moim split the Pipeline defence with hot spikes.

The wardresses went 8-3 at the first break and opened a seven-point gap to take an early 15-8 lead.

A spirited rally saw Prisons open a six-point gap but Pipeline could not concede defeat as they once again fought back to trail 22-17. But Prisons stepped up a gear to seal the set 25-19.

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) bagged bronze after beating a hapless Nairobi Water side 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-10). Nairobi Water lost all their matches in the play-offs.

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