Kenya Off to Winning Start in Olympic Qualifiers

KENYA sitting volleyball national teams started their Road to 2016 Rio Olympics campaign on a high note after winning their qualification tournament openers in Kigali, Rwanda.

The men and women’s outfits posted identical 3-0 wins, both against Democratic Republic of Congo sides. The Kenyan men sped off to a 25-06 first set win with Africa’s best server Anthony Imanyara and captain Barrack Ochieng’ overwhelming the Congolese with powerful serves, garnering seven and five aces respectively. DR Congo sealed their reception and blocking loopholes in the second set but still lost 25-20. In the third set, Kenya took off to a sluggish start as Central Africans led 8-7 at the first Technical Time Out. The Kenyans then opened a six-point lead at the second break to seal the match 25-17.

The 17-year-old women’s squad libero Janet Nasimiyu played key role in Kenya’s back-line defense as Kenya won the opening set 25-12 win. The girls’ task was even easier in the second and third sets as Kenya defeated DR Congo 25-10 and 25-08.

Sylvia Olero and Florence Manza poured in 10 points each in the win while Lydia Imbenzi and Agnes Akoth garnered eight and six. In DR Congo’s game total of 30 points, Kenya contributed seven block outs and eight service errors.