By CHARLES NYENDE
By CHARLES NYENDE
The Kenya women's team to the world volleyball championship was named yesterday.
The world championships will be held in six cities in Germany next month.
At the same time, head coach Gilbert Ohanya has vowed to beat Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico – Kenya's opponents in the first round – to enhance chances of advancing beyond the first round in the championship.
As expected, professional Violet Barasa will captain the team assisted by experienced Dorcas Ndasaba.
The team shows no changes from the side that won the four-nation tournament in South Africa recently and is a mixture of experience and youth.
Regulars Rhoda Lyali, Leonidas Kamende and Margaret Mukoya mix up with former youth side players Salome Wanjala and Philister Jebet. Wanjala and Jebet were in the Kenya team that participated in last year's girls' youth championship in Croatia.
"We have some young players who are catching up well and we hope to perform well in Germany," Barasa said.
The captain said the South Africa tournament had made the side seal the loopholes in the team.
Kenya, in Pool "C" together with Russia, USA, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, open their campaign with a match against Puerto Rico.
"We have a chance of qualifying for the next round but must beat Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.
"We shall target them and go flat out to defeat them," Ohanya said after a training session at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
These sentiments were shared by Barasa, who said the country simply had to beat the two nations.
Commenting on the recent four-nation tournament in South Africa, Ohanya said: "Our defence did not work so well particularly the back court and I have tried to strengthen that aspect of our game.
"We have a good attack and there is more cohesiveness in the team despite the recent call-ups," the veteran coach added.
Ohanya said the team also aimed at improving on the current number 19 world ranking.
The volleyball side got a token boast from Kenya Football Federation Nairobi Branch led by chairman Samuel Kahara, who donated 20 crates of sodas.
The championship will for the first time feature 24 teams. Africa's other representative is Egypt.
The team: Violet Barasa (captain), Dorcas Ndasaba (assistant captain), Margaret Mukoya, Rhoda Lyali, Philister Jebet, Leonidas Kamende, Lucy Chege, Abigael Tarus, Catherine Wanjiru, Nancy Lusanji Mercy Wesutila, Salome Wanjala, Gilbert Ohanya (head coach), Paul Gitau (assistant coach), Abdul Muge (trainer), Jacob Owiti (team manager).