Rivals Prisons, Pipeline fight for volleyball league leadership

Thursday November 9 2017

Kenya Pipeline setter Janet Wanja (left) celebrates a point with centre Trizah Atuka during their Africa Club Volleyball Championship match against Algeria's Sonatrach at Ksar Hellal Jammel Hall in Tunisia's coastal city of Monastir on April 7, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |

Kenya Pipeline setter Janet Wanja (left) celebrates a point with centre Trizah Atuka during their Africa Club Volleyball Championship match against Algeria's Sonatrach at Ksar Hellal Jammel Hall in Tunisia's coastal city of Monastir on April 7, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |  

By DAVID KWALIMWA
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Rivals Kenya Prisons and Kenya Pipeline will Friday morning face-off in a fiery looking encounter that should determine which of these two sides finishes top of the Kenya Volleyball Federation women’s National League, heading into the play-offs.

The match is among 18 slated for Eldama Ravine sports grounds in Baringo County in the final leg of the men and women’s leagues this weekend.

It is Japheth Munala’s Pipeline, the league defending champions, who have everything to lose heading into the clash against David Lung’aho’s Prisons.

Prisons currently top the standings with an impressive 5:0 win-loss ratio thus far.

These results include a win against Pipeline in the fourth leg earlier in the season.

Pipeline meanwhile are ranked third behind a vastly improved Kenya Commercial Bank with an identical 4:1 win-loss ratio. “We want to win all our games in Ravine. Winning gives you the momentum required heading into the play-offs plus the confidence to win the overall title,” Lung’aho explained. 

For his part, Munala downplayed the importance of this clash.

He said: “All we want is to make it to the play-offs, from there we can come up with a different strategy on how to approach the problem.”

Both teams are set to parade their stars for this one, with Lung’aho fielding the likes of Mercy Moim, Brackcides Agala and Everlyne Makuto. Munala meanwhile has Janet Wanja, Violet Makuto, captain Triza Atuka and Monica Biama at his disposal. 

Four teams each from the men and women’s league will qualify for the play-offs.

FIXTURES

Women:

9am Nairobi Water v Kenya Pipeline, KCB v Kenya Prisons 11am: Kenya Pipeline v Kenya Prisons, Nairobi Water v Western Bombers 1pm Mount Kenya University, Western Bombers v Kenya Pipeline

Men:

9am KPA v KDF, Forest Rangers v AP Kenya, Prisons Nairobi v Nairobi Water, Co-op Bank v GSU, Prisons Mombasa v MKU

11am KPA v Vihiga County, Prisons Kenya v AP Kenya

1pm KPA v Prisons Kenya, Forest Rangers v Western Prisons, Nairobi Water v AP Kenya 

3pm: MKU v KPA, Western Bombers v Kenya Pipeline