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1 July 2012
Kenya, July 1, 2012- African women champions Kenya Prisons and national queens Kenya Pipeline lead eight host teams to the quarter-finals of Paul Bitok International volleyball tournament which is getting underway at Eldoret Polytechnic on Saturday June 30.
The tournament was graced by among others President of Croatia Volleyball Federation (Barac Zdeslav) and Kenya Volleyball Federation (Waithaka Kioni).
Home teams dominated in the women’s category where Kampala City Council (KCC) was the only foreign side to earn a quarter-final berth during the show that attracted hundreds of fans.
Kenya Pipeline, Stima Nyeri, National Youth Talent Academy, Kenya Prisons, Nairobi Water, Kenya Commercial Bank and Ulinzi reached the quarters.
The tournament that served off with 28 teams- 12 for women and 16 for men- competing under Series ‘A’ category which features top teams from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
Nairobi Water started off well after they beat Kampala City Council (KCC) in straight sets of 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 in a three-team Pool ‘A’ match at Eldoret Polytechnic.
African champions Kenya Prisons needed 50 minutes to see off Kampala Volleyball Club (KAVC) with 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-15) in a Pool ‘B’ match during the preliminary round that was dominated by hosts teams.
Kenya champions Pipeline easily beat Eastern Province secondary schools queens 3-0 (24-14, 25-16, 25-7 to achieve their first victory in Pool ‘C’.
Ulinzi handed Kwanthanze their second defeat of the day after they beat them 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) during the match that the school girls showed good account of themselves.
In the men’s Series ‘A’ fixtures, Kenya champions General Service Unit won their first two matches to take early lead in Pool ‘B’.
The paramilitary men were forced to work extra time before beating Forest Rangers 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 17-25, 25-18) in a four setter thriller that attracted a big crowd.
GSU then recorded their second victory after they beat Nyeri Stima 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-15) to bag maximum points.
Kenya Airways started off well after they beat Sport-S of Uganda 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-13, 25-14) to keep live their dream to reach the quarter-finals.
Blue Triangle also won their first match beating Kampala City Council 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-17) while Kenya Prisons overcame Nyeri Stima in straight sets of 28-26, 25-15, 25-19 on the opening day of the tournament.
In Series ‘B’ Nyanza of Rwanda beat Uganda’s Nkumba University 3-2 (25-12, 25-21, 15-25, 25-12) to claim two points.
Malava High were outstanding in their matches following 3-0 25-15, 25-16, 25-12) victory against rivals Mukumu. Malava went ahead to beat City Council of Nairobi 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-22) in their second match in women’s Series ‘B’ category.
POOL A: Nairobi Water, Kosirai, KCC ‘A’ (Uganda)
POOL B: Kenya Prisons, KCB, KAVC (Uganda)
POOL C: Pipeline, Ulinzi,Kwanthanze
PPOOL D: Talent, Stima Nyeri, Nemo Stars (Uganda)
POOL A: Ulinzi, Vegpro, Nyanza (Rwanda), Nkumba (Uganda)
POOL B: GSU, Forest Rangers, Stima Nyeri, Nemo (Uganda)
POOL C: Blue Triangle, Stima Eldoret, Kenya Prisons, KAVC (Uganda)
POOL D: Kenya Airways, Finlays, KCC ‘A’ (Uganda), Sport-S (Uganda).