The National women's Volleyball team will play Word Grand Prix, Group Two leaders Puerto Rico in the opening match Friday evening in Colombia knowing that a loss will increase their chances of being related to group Three next year.
This match is expected to be tough for both teams more so Kenya who are still coming to terms with the shock miss at the Olympic ticket three weeks ago. That ticket was snatched by the Friday's opponent Puerto Rico. That aside, Kenya is also seeking their first win at this group having gained promotion from relatively weaker Group Three which they won last year.
While many people expected Malkia Strikers to replicate their form which saw them win the country's first international trophy in Australia, they have found the going tough this time round. The team is clearly missing the services of former assistant captain and centre blocker Ruth Jepng'etich who is still recirculating from illness since last August.
Puerto Rico on the other hand must win tomorrow's match by at least three sets to extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points. A win will also guarantee them a place into the final next week.
A loss for David Lung'aho charges will not only take their total loses to four but will put them on the express lane back to group Three next year. Relegation is what Malkia Strikers will be fighting for having lost to Argentina, Bulgaria and Dominican Republic in Tucuman, Argentina last weekend by straight sets.
Sadly enough though for Kenya, they will face the same Argentina who has beaten them thrice in less than a month, including two test matches.
Another opponent lined up is Poland, second on the log with seven points. Poland who play Argentina need a win and maybe a point in their remaining two matches to progress to the finals.
Kenya are bottom of the eight team list with zero point from three matches.
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