NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 10 – General Service Unit (GSU) moved to the summit of Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) men’s league for the first time this season thanks to two walk-overs and a win over Cooperative Bank on Friday in Voi, Taita Taveta County.
The reigning national champions laboured to see-off a defiant Cooperative Bank 3-1 (25-20,22-25,25-1925-21) in the first match. They were then awarded six free points without breaking a sweat which saw them leap frog Nairobi Water to first place after Bungoma County and Administration Police failed to turn up for the league games.
The nine points saw GSU move top on 30 points, one shy of Nairobi Water who surrendered the lead for the first time this year.
Water who only have a match against Bungoma County, also pushed their point tally to 29 after beating Mount Kenya University (MKU) by straights sets (25-11,25-17,25-16).
The two teams are now safely in the playoff set for November 25-27 in Mombasa but former champion Kenya Prisons must not drop a set against KPA and Kenya Defence Forces next month in order to progress to the best of four.
Prisons though eased a bit of pressure off their chest with a hard fought 3-1(25-18,25-20,20-25,25-20) win over their workmates from the Coast, Mombasa Prisons.
Despite the lose to their seniors, Mombasa Prisons stretched their point tally to 10 with a comfortable 3-0 (25-12,25-12,25-22) win over varsity side, Mount Kenya University.
KPA also benefited from the absence Bungoma County when they were awarded a walk over which pushed them to 24 points.
The same mathematical calculation is being applied in the women’s category where the absence of Bungoma pushed Nairobi Water two places up in the table.
Water’s campaign got a boost thanks to a walk over against Bungoma. The free points plus three registered against KCB took them to third on 13.
This result means that for the first time Nairobi Water will be represented by two team in the playoffs.
Prisons and Pipeline are safe after beating KCB and Water 3-0 (25-14,25-14,25-18) and 3-1 (23-25, 25-17,25-15,25-20) respectively.