National and East African volleyball champions Kwanthanze Girls led a host of favourites in sealing their places in the semi-finals of the Airtel Rising Stars Secondary Schools National Term Two ‘B’ games on Wednesday in Machakos.
Kwanthanze beat rivals Lugulu Girls from Nzoia Region 3-1 (25-23, 22-25,25-22,28-26) in an entertaining Pool A match to storm the semis.
Buoyed by the home crowd, the Machakos-based school had setters Lillan Lelei, Winnie Akinyi, Lorine Chebet and Everline Nzilani to thank for the win after putting up impressive displays in the thriller.
“It was a tough match but our fighting spirit enabled us to win. We can go on to retain the title,” said Kwanthanze captian Teresia Akai. Lugulu coach Moses Lukorito said.
It was a close match and we lost because of minor details, with our reception being our main undoing,” AIC Kosirai from Mau Region are also through after recording a 3-0 (25-7 25-8 25-9) win over Gankanga of Highlands.
Tetu Girls of Aberdare bounced back from their 3-0 loss to Mau Region’s Kosirai to thrash Northern’s Nep Girls 3-0 (25-3 25-2 25-4) to revive their hopes of making the last four.
In boys’ volleyball, Metropolitan’s Hospital Hill and Cheptil from Mau Region also entered semi-finals after they recorded second wins. Hospital recorded a straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-9) victory over Lake Region’s PeHill while Cheptil cruised to a 3-0 win (25-16,25-16,25-15) over Garissa High from Northern Region.
Defending champions Malava Boys also qualified after a straight sets win over Tetu High.
In boys’ football, Metropolitan Regional football champions Laiser Hill also sealed their place in the semi-finals after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Aberdare Region champions Passenga High in a Pool B encounter.
It followed Laiser Hill’s 4-0 win over Mau Region’s Simotwo Boys on Tuesday during their first match. Two goals either side of the half from Kennedy Mwangi confirmed the Kajiado-based school’s slot in the semis and top of their pool with six points.
Passenga had levelled through James Kinyanjui just before the breather but were unable to prevent their first loss at the event.
Mwangi, who also scored in his team’s first game, capitalised on a defensive error to fire past Passenga keeper Daniel Likoko. Laiser Hill started the match without star play Musa Masika with the semi final in mind and captain Flavius Chamla was also replaced late on after suffering a knock during the match.