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Kenya Scoop Six Awards in Uganda Tourney

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National team setter Jane Wacu was named the best setter after she steered a Kenyan combined side, Aspire Sport, to a straight sets win over Rwanda Revenue Authority during the annual Kampala Armature Volleyball Club International Tournament in the Ugandan capital this past weekend.

Kenya, who sent two teams, won six individual awards including the women's Most Valuable Player (MVP). Kenya Defence Forces and national team setter Elisha Aliwa who was representing another combined side, Nairobi Volleyball Club, was named the best male setter while Nairobi Water outside hitter Jimmy Mwaniki scooped the best defender in the men's category despite his side losing in the third and fourth place playoff.

Former Malkia Strikers captain Brackcides Agala won the  MVP award while her replacement Mercy Moim got the best attacker with rising youthful Edith Wisa of Prisons coming back with the best blocker's trophy.

The team which consisted of mostly players from Kenya Prisons crossed the boarder last Friday to  the annual tournament whose winner took home Ksh. 100,000 prize money.

Rwanda's Unik beat home side Sky of Uganda 3-2 to lift the men's gong.

Individual Awards

Best Setter (women): Jane Wacu
Best Setter (men): Elisha Aliwa
Best Defender (men): Jimmy Mwaniki 
Best Blocker (women): Edith Wisa 
Best attacker: Mercy Moim
MVP: Brackcides Agala 

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Pipeline, Prisons Suffer Maiden Losses

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Kenya Volleyball Federation men and women's defending champions Kenya Prisons and Kenya Pipeline were given the July surprise gift after they tasted their first league loss this season at the hands of Nairobi Water and Kenya Prisons respectively.

Nairobi Water (men) and Kenya Prisons (women) fell the two reigning local volleyball giants during the sixth leg played Friday in Homa Bay County.

The historic wins for the evergreen Water ensured that they'll feature in the national playoffs for the first time when the games return to Kasarani this November.

Water stunned men's defending champions Prisons 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-11) while Pipeline went down by straight sets (25-22, 25-21, 25-20) at the hands of 2013 champions, Prisons.

The win for Water, who have been in existence for only 16 months, extended their lead at the summit to 24 points from eight games. This is their second year in the top league having made their debut in in March last year.

What a comeback!

Water pulled their biggest comeback so far this year when they stopped the Warders in the third set to push the match into the decisive fifth set despite going down in the second and third sets. Water who train in the cold environment of Ndakaini Dam where majority of their players work, overcame the sweltering heat of Homa Bay to win the opening set 25-20 before surrendering the subsequent two sets 25-21 and 25-14.

But the team which boasts only one setter, Elijah Bosire, still mourning his father who passed away last week, stopped Gideon Chenje's men at 25-20 before grabbing the final set 15-11 to take their win-loss ratio to 8-1. Water have so far dropped only five of the 24 sets, an impressive record for the side who lost the playoff place last year by a whisker.

Double blow 

Meanwhile Kenya Pipeline suffered a double blow just moments before the game after first setter Janet Wanja pulled out of the match after she fell ill. Japheth Munala's misfortune doubled after his libero Agripina Kundu picked a knock on the face after she collided with her team mate, Leunidah Kasaya as they challenged for a common ball.

Pipeline had initially beaten KCB 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-16) in their opening match same as Prisons who took their point tally to 15 thanks totheir first match 3-0  (25-20, 25-19, 25-18) triumph over Nairobi Water.

The battle for the best of four is now between Kenya Ports Authority who beat Mount Kenya University 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-14) and Kenya Defence Forces who beat Mombasa Prisons into submission thanks to their 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-17) win.

The two sides were initially scheduled to play each other in Homa Bay but KPA requested for the fixture to be pushed back to Voi which will host the next leg next month.

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