Defending champions Malava Boys negotiated easily past Ngungani to reach the boys volleyball semis in the ongoing Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association Term 2B national championships at Machakos High yesterday.
The three-time champions defeated Ngungani in straight sets of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-15. With the win, Malava maintained a clean sheet into the semis. In another tightly contested fixture, Cheptil lost to 2013 champions Metropolitan’s Hospital Hill 3-0. However, despite the loss, Cheptil will still tag with Hospital Hill into the semis after finishing second in the preliminary round.
The Nairobi Westlands-based side garnered a 25-21, 25-23 and 25-20 win against the four-time champions. Both outfits marched up in their attacking and defensive play but Cheptil lost concentration towards the end of each set and faltered in reception and service. Outside hitter Samuel Kiplagat, Kennedy Limo and Nick Koech combined well in the blocks, while Emmanuel Kirwa and Kiplagat led the attacking for the winners.
For Cheptil, Simon Kipkorir and Mica Lagat formed formidable blocks whereas Dalmas Rono and assistant captain Kiprono starred in offensive play.
“We made mistakes in the game but our fighting spirit and teamwork propelled us to the win. They beat us 3-2 in last year’s semis, so hitting them in straight sets is sweet revenge,” said captain Cornelius Kiprono of Hospital Hill.
Cheptil blamed their loss on lack of concentration but promised to bounce back. “We have learnt our lessons and we will make amends in our next matches. We tensed a little bit and Hospital Hill opened a big gap in today’s game. Malava is a good side but we will settle scores in the pitch tomorrow (today),” said Michael Kiprono, Cheptil’s skipper. Mivumoni edged out 2004 champions Tetu 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-12) in a Pool ‘A’ deciding clash, to sail to the semis. Mivumoni will entertain Hospital Hill while Malava face Cheptil in the semis. Pe-Hill gunned down Garissa High in straight sets of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-19 in another boys’ encounter.
In the girls category, favourites progressed to the semis after beating their opponents in the last pool matches. Lugulu hammered St. John’s Kaloleni, Kwanthanze beat St. Anne’s Sega, Tetu clubbed Gankanga and AIC Kosirai defeated NEP all in identical sets of 3-0. In the semis, Kwanthanze will plays Tetu while Lugulu face AIC Kosirai.