Prisons men and women claim Kenya Volleyball National League titles
The Prisons men beat former champions General Service Unit (GSU) 3-2 in an epic final match. Their female counterparts dethroned Kenya Pipeline in straight sets to win the titles. Kenya Prisons draw players from among the employees of Kenya’s correctional services.
The playoffs involved teams that finished in top four positions for each gender during the league stage of the competition. The four squads of each gender played round robins, in which the two Prisons teams won all of their matches to emerge as champions.
The Prisons men had a hard fight in their final match against GSU, twice coming back from a set down to win 24-26, 25-19, 24-26, 25-20, 15-12. They claimed the title, and GSU were the runners-up. Ulinzi finished third overall in the men’s category after they beat Forest Rangers 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20).
The women’s Prisons team dethroned former champions Pipeline 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-18) to reclaim the trophy they had held previously. As in the men’s category, the last game was a showdown between the top clubs and the losers finished second. Kenya Commercial Bank claimed bronze in the women’s category. They beat Nairobi Water 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-10) in their last match to finish with one win and two losses.
Prisons hitter Everline Makuto was voted MVP of the women’s competition, while GSU’s David Kirwa claimed men’s trophy. Makuto’s elder sister Asha was also honoured as MVP runner-up.
The victories give the champions automatic tickets to next year’s African Club Championships.
Prisons women matches in the finals
Prisons 3 Nairobi Water 0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-18)
Prisons 3 KCB 0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-14)
Prisons 3 Pipeline 0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-19).
Prisons men matches in the finals
Prisons 3 Ulinzi 2 (25-27, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-12)
Prisons 3 Ulinzi 0 (25-17, 25-15, 31-29)
Prisons 3 GSU 2 (24-26, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 15-12)