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Club championship Entry Deadline Set for End February

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Four Kenyan participants to the 2017 Confederation of Africa Volleyball  (CAVB) men’s and women's club championships-Kenya Prisons men and women, General Service Unit and Kenya Pipeline (women) have until end of February to confirm,  their entry to the annual prestigious event to be hosted in Tunisia between March and April.

With teams from the southern conference having expressed interest to take part in the games, the number of participants is expected to go slightly above a record 42 who took part in the last edition. As such, CAVB has opened the entry on first come-first serve. This means that Kenyan representatives will have to submit their entry early enough to avoid being blocked from the event.

Five-time women's champions, Kenya Prisons will have a shot at their first continental title in four year as they seek to return to the top of Africa club volleyball they once dominated. 

Prisons ruled the continental stage, winning the cup five times including four in a row but their dominance has dwindled in the past three editions where they failed to reach the final. Kenya's dominance at this stage has weaned in the last three editions where Pipeline lost at the semis (2015) and final last year but this edition could be time for the local clubs to turn the tables.

The women’s event will be hosted in the city of Kelibia in April while a Tunis will host the opening stage of the men's competition in April.

Kenya Volleyball Federation men's national league champions, Kenya Prisons and runners up, General Service Unit will carry the country flag in the male competition. CAVB is yet to announce specific dates for both tournaments.

Winners of the continental cup will represent Africa at the  world club cup championship later in the year. Despite dominating the local scene in the past three seasons and continental stage in the past decade, Pipeline has never boarded the plane to the world arena.

The Club Championships is considered one of the most attractive club volleyball tournaments in Africa attracting best clubs from across the continent.

 

Due to the high number of teams expected to grace the event, CAVB will only accept entries son first come-first serve basis. Dealing for submision of entry is set for February 28th.

Last year, a record 42 teams took part in the event with the women's entry attracting 18 clubs while 24 male clubs graced the competition in Cairo, Egypt.

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Pipeline Retain National Crown, GSU Disarmed

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Kenya Pipeline retained the Kenya volleyball Federation women's national league title while Kenya Prisons dethroned General Service Unit (GSU) to the men's seat on the final day of the national playoff which ended Sunday at Makande Hall, Mombasa.

Pipeline twice came from behind to inflict another painful loss on Prisons with 3-2 (21-25,25-17, 21-25,25-23,15-9) triumph while Prisons reclaimed the title they lost to GSU last year after crushing Kenya Ports Authority by straight sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) in their last match.

Pipeline's win over their fiercest rivals saw Prisons set a record for the longest title drought to three consecutive years. Mombasa has never been an easy stage for Prisons who have only won this title once on this stage, in their debut season way back in 2008. The last time they won the title was in 2013.

Pipeline who twice lost to Prisons in the regular season got the better side of their opponents but they finished the season on a high, going unbeaten at the playoffs. 

Casualties

Prisons opened the match on a high but lost the gas along the journey. The match consumed two casualties, with both captains Loice Jepkosgei (Prisons) and Noel Murambi (Pipeline) being pulled out with a back and ankle injuries respectively.

The opening set was headed Pipeline's way but a 10 minute power outage at the competition venue gave David Lung'aho a chance to have a tete-a-tete with his squad. Trailing 4-10, Prisons turned the table after resumption when they caught up with the runaway leaders at 17 ups only to wrap the set 25-21.

Pipeline responded in the second set and despite another power blackout, they controlled the proceedings, leading from start to the end.

Prisons suffered the first injury setback after Jepkosgei collided with her libero forcing her to leave the court. She was replaced by Yvonne Wavinya who's presence did very little to stop the marauding Pipeline. The champions rounded the set 25-17 to level the scores 1-1.

Final set

The third set was evenly spread and despite Pipeline taking a three point lead (9-5), Prisons rallied back to open a one point gap into the second technical time out. After resumption, the wardresses further widened the gap to a three-point lead (19-16) and they never looked back, going all the way to extend their set advantage to 2-1 from the 25-21 win in the third set.

The game consumed the second casualty after Murambi twisted her ankle and was replaced by Naomi Too who helped her side to a 25-23 win to cancel Prisons' advantage and throw the game to the final fifth set.

Pipeline took an early lead in the decisive set to wrap the game 3-2 (21-25,25-17, 21-25,25-23,15-9). The winners each got Ksh300,000 as prize money.

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) finished third above Nairobi Water whom they beat 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16) in the first match. 

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