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African U23 Volleyball Tournament Gets New Dates

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Confederation of African Volleyball(CAVB) women’s under-23 Championships earlier set for October 18-28 will now take place on October 23-27 at the Kasarani Indoor Arena.

According o the Kenya Volleyball Federation(KVF) the changes were made by CAVB to pave way for another event in Cairo next month.

This year’s edition has attracted six nations including hosts Kenya, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Botswana and Rwanda, who are yet to confirm officially.

The event will serve as a qualification for the FIVB U-23 World Championships set for next year in Ljubljana and Maribo in Slovenia.

Meanwhile, the national U23 women’s team have intensified training at the ahead of the African junior tourney. A provisional squad has been released by KVF and will be trimmers to 12 players ahead of the event.

National Under 23 Squad for Africa under 23 Volleyball championship

1. Pauline Wafula former school Kongoli, club KCB, Position Centre /left,

2. Doreen  Marani, Lugulu,  Club -KCB , left attacker,

3. Yvonne Sinaida, Mautuma,  Pipeline, Centre player

4. Veronica Tanui, Mautuma , Pipeline,  setter,

5. Damaris Kamaina,  Kaptama, Nairobi Water, right attacker

6. Edna Mwombe, Kosirai, Pipeline, left

7. Sarah Were, Kongoli, unattached,  Libero,

8. Celestine Nyongesa, Malava , Pipeline,

9. Maureen Agwalas,  Lugulu, Nairobi Water,  left/centre

10. Ann Lowem,  Kwathanze,  Prison, centre

11. Yvonne Wavinya, Kwanthanze,  Prison, right/left

12. Shyrine Jepkemboi, Malava, Prison Centre,

13. Beldine Akinyi, Kwathanze,  Pipeline,  Right,

14. Faith Imodia,  Lugulu, St. Paul University,  setter,

15. Maureen Nanjala, Lugulu, Kenyatta  University,  Right,

16. Leah Akumu, Malava, Strathmore  University, Left.

 COACHES

 1. Head Coach - Cathreen Mabwi Kirongo,

2. Josp Barasa- Assistant Coach,

3.  V. Khayinga - Trainer.

 

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Lucky Malkia Survive Grand Prix Relegation

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Kenya national women's volleyball team, Malkia Strikers, will not be relegated to the 2017 FIVB world Grand Prix Group 3 despite finishing last in Group 2 this year.

Despite a poor show in their debut in a relatively competitive Group 2, Malkia will still dine with some of the elite volleyball-playing nations after the World Grand Prix Council allowed Africa two slots to the top female volleyball competition following the promotion of Cameroon. Others promoted to a lower Group 3 are Trinidad & Tobago, Azerbaijan and Hungary.

The good news means that Kenya will have to work even harder than they've done in the last two years after they paired Korea, Group 3 silver and bronze medalists Kazakhstan, Peru and Croatia, this year's Group 3 winners.

The changes came following an increase in the number of participating teams from 28 in 2015/16 to 32 next year. The World Grand Prix Council also confirmed that next year’s competition will feature record prize money of Ksh. 60 million ($600,000)

Retain core squad

To maintain the standard of these games, World Grand Prix Council have tasked participating teams to retain at least eight players out of 14 who took from the last World Grand Prix and six players out of 12 from the last Olympic Games.

This will be a tricky catch for Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) which had shown signs of dropping former captain Praxcides Agala and setter Janet Wanja in favour of junior players as the federation looks into building a squad for 2020 Olympics.

Teams will register 21 players six weeks before the beginning of the competition, bringing that list down to 18 players four weeks before and down to 14 players at two days before start of play.

Three Groups

The World Grand Prix Council confirmed that the same format as the 2016 competition will remain. The 32 teams have been split into three groups (12 teams in Group 1 and Groups 2 and eight teams in Group 3) and will play the Preliminary Round in a pool format over three weeks, before the best teams (four for Groups 2 & 3 and six for Group 1) gather for the Finals in each Group.

The Group 2 Preliminary Round will take place from July 7-9July 14-16 and July 21-23, and be followed by the Finals, featuring four teams, from July 28-30.  August 2-6.

The Group 1 Preliminary Round dates are the same as for Group 2 - the Finals, featuring four teams, will take place from August 2-6 28-30. Finally, the Group 3 Preliminary Round will take place on July 7-9 and July 14-16, with Finals on July 21-23.

Kenya escape drop

The top teams in each Group in 2016 are promoted for next year's competition, while the bottom teams are relegated with Kenya in Group 2 being the exception. Germany move down from Group 1 to Group 2 in 2017 while the Dominican Republic will play in Group 1 while Croatia are promoted to Group 2.

Olympic champions China will take on silver medalists Serbia in the third week of the 2017 edition after the draw for next year’s competition was held at the World Grand Prix Council meeting in Lausanne on Wednesday

The draw, which was overseen by FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° and conducted by FIVB 1st Executive Vice President and World Grand Prix Council Secretary Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, sees Turkey host title-holders Brazil, Belgium and Serbia on the opening weekend of matches, while China will host USA, Russia and Italy in Pool B1 and the Netherlands will welcome the Dominican Republic, Japan and Thailand in Pool C1.

The second weekend from July 14-16 will also feature the most common encounter in World Grand Prix history when Japan host Brazil, alongside Thailand and Serbia. Brazil lead the head to head 35:4. 
  
Meanwhile, a repeat of this year’s FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix final between Brazil and USA will take place in Week 3 on the weekend of July 21-23 in Brazil.

The venues in each country will be confirmed at a later date while the venues of the Finals will be confirmed in the coming weeks with China (Group 1), Czech Republic, Germany and Poland (Group 2) and Australia (Group 3) already having expressed interest.

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