Kenya Pipeline upset African champions KCB Bank in Mombasa

Sinaida Yvonne (centre) and Winnie Odhiambo of Kenya Pipeline during the final match against Lorine Chebet from Kenya Jail. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Six-time African women’s volleyball club champion Kenyan Pipeline proved to be among the title contenders after stunning African queens KCB as the fourth national game served at the Makande Indoor Gymnasium in Mombasa yesterday.

Pipeline under coach Paul Gitau did not disappoint and looked well prepared for the game which they won 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20).

Parading international players, both teams had plenty to offer in the four-set thriller.

The victory put Pipeline in a better position to fight the Kenya Prisons title which skipped the Mombasa stage.

Coach Gitau aims to lead his charges to the playoffs and win the title.

Under the tutelage of Japheth Munala, the Bankers did well in the first set before Pipeline took control to win the set.

In the second set, the reigning African women’s club champions didn’t let their opponents breathe as they crossed the ball over the net at will to dismantle the pipeline game pattern.

Pipeline, who won bronze at the 2019 Africa Women’s Volleyball Club Championship, regrouped to win the third and fourth sets as her opponents watched in disbelief.

Captain Edith Wisa, Mercy Moim and Phosca Kasisi were outstanding for the bankers while Pipeline relied heavily on center blocker Triza Atuka and experienced outside hitter Naomi Too.

Three more games were not played after Kenya Prisons, Nairobi Prisons, Kenya Army and Vihiga failed to show up.

Nairobi prisons had to play the director of criminal investigations while Kenya prisons had to play against the Kenyan army. The Kenya Defense Force was scheduled to face Vihiga.