Former Kenya Volleyball federation (KVF) men’s champion and women’s defending champions General Service Unit (GSU) and Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) respectively started their title defence on high after registering wins as KVF league play offs serves off in Mombasa’s Makande Hall.
On the men’s side, GSU won against the stubborn Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in the opening match in a four thrilling setter.
The red berets won the first set with a slim margin of 25-23, before their opponents won the over stretched second set 26-24 but determined GSU won the remaining successful sets in 25-20 and 25-25.
GSU Coach Nicolas Kimeli exhibited confidence that winning the first match boosts the morale of players.
“The win has put us one foot ahead as they target to win back the title we last won in 2015,” said Kimeli.
The loss did not deter KPA coach Joel Kosgei who accepted the results and set the focus on the next match.
“We don’t have any other choice apart from winning the next match against Cooperative Bank come Saturday,” said Kosgei instisting the team has grown tremendously.
In another men’s match, Prison Kenya easily won against Cooperative Bank in three straight sets of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-11.
It was good day for women defending champions KPC who easily beat Kenya Commercial Bank 3-0.
The dockers registered easy wins of 25-10, 25-12 and stretched 26-24.
In the last match of the day, Kenya Prison women side shone over new comers Western Bombers 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-21).
GSU 3-1 KPA (25-13, 24-26, 25-20, 25-23)
Prison Kenya 3-0 Cooperative Bank (25-14, 25 -14, 25-11)
KPC 3-0 KCB (25-10, 25-12, 26-24).
Prison Kenya 3-0 Western Bombers 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-21)
Prison Kenya vs GSU
KPA vs COOP Bank