Nandi based Chemuswa volleyball team was crowned the champions of the inaugural Laurendi Volleyball tournament played today at Ziwa ground, Uasin Gishu County.
The 2018 eve extravaganza attracted top notch volleyballers from across the country, was a haven for Chemuswa who beat Simat B in three straight sets in the final match to pocket kshs 20,000.
Experienced Chemuswa had both Kenya national team players and Kenya volleyball league players.
Top on the start list was Noah Bett from General Service Unit (GSU), Rodgers Kipkurui (Kenya Prison), Daniel Kiptoo (Prison Kenya), Rodgers Kiprono (Cooperative Bank), Benjamin Yego (Kenya Ports Authority-KPA), Japheth Kimutai (Kenya Prison) and Julius Lelei of Nairobi Water.
The champions were playing against inexperienced Simat B, despite coming from a volleyball powerhouse of Simat area that has produced top volleyball players like Rwandese national team coach Paul Bitok.
With less effort, Chemuswa won the first set 25-21followed by 25-18 and 25-12 in an ascending manner.
The win was good for coach Maiyo who doubles as Cheptil high school teacher, another top performing volleyball school in the country.
Maiyo said his side was in a tough pool but managed to get through.
The competition was tough; winning this title is not easy at all. But discipline and concentration was the key player by the players,” said Maiyo adding that all players comes from the same area which was easy for him to assemble.
His opponent led by captain Kevin Maiyo was full of joy even after losing in the final.
“Finishing second was by will of God since majority of our players are juniors, without clubs and experience in the game. Unlike my opponents who have experience and exposure, these young players needs exposure in today, they got it,” said Maiyo.
Maiyo of prison Kenya led Cornelius Kiplagat (GSU), Nohesters Too (Coop Bank) Meshack kerich and Allan Nango, all unattached.
On road to finals, Chemuswa won against Kaptebee in a four thrilling setter of 23-25, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-18 while Simat B beat western side Mseto in three straight sets of 25-22, 25-11 and 25-23.
In quarter finals, Chemuswa saw off Moi’s Bridge 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-13), Simat B won against Merewet 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 25-15). Kaptebee beat Moi University in a fiver thriller in 18-25, 26-24, 15-25, 25-15 and 15-12 before Mseto won 3-0 against Kapkoros in 25-21, 25-13 and 25-14.
The two day event brought together 16 volleyball teams.
Chemuswa 3-0 Simat B (25-21, 25-18 and 25-12)
- Simat B 3-0 Mseto (25-22, 25-11 and 25-23)
- Chemuswa 3-1 Kaptebee (23-25, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-18)
- Kipkoros 0-3 Mseto (21-25, 13-25 and 14-25)
- Chemuswa 3-0 Moi’s Bridge (25-13, 25-15 and 25-13)
- Simat B 3-1 Merewet (25-16, 25-21, 19-25 and 25-15)
- Kaptebee 3-2 Moi University (18-25, 26-24, 15-25, 25-15 and 15-12)