Malkia Strikers make false start in Japan

By Ernest Ndunda: Monday, September 16th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Volleyball and Handball
Kenya's Noel Murambi in action against the Netherlands at FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Hamamatsu, Japan on Sunday, September 15, 2019. [FIVB]

Kenya made a false start with two successive defeats at the FIVB World Cup Women Volleyball in Hamamatsu and Yokohama in Japan.

The Kenyan team popularly referred to as Malkia Strikers lost to Netherlands yesterday in straight sets of 25-12, 25-19 and 25-17.

The loss came on the back of another defeat at the hands of the US. Malkia Strikers composed of experienced setter Janet Wanja, Sharon Chepchumba, Mercy Moim, Noel Murambi, Triza Atuka and Edith Wisa could not match the US as they in straight sets of 14-25, 20-25 and 14-25.

Kenya and Cameroon are the two African representatives.

Yesterday, Cameroon also had a bad start in their opening match when they fell by straight sets to the Chinese.

China won in straight sets of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-19.

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In other matches, the Netherlands walloped Argentina by straight sets of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-18.

Meanwhile, National Volleyball League champions General Service Unit defeated Kenya Ports Authority 3-1 (25-13, 24-26, 25-20 and 25-21) to romp into the finals of the Laikipia County Volleyball Championships at Nanyuki Stadium yesterday.

The paramilitary men were set to face Kenya Prisons in the finals last evening.

The warders had earlier dismissed Equity Bank 3-2(25-23, 15-25, 25-17, 17-25 and 15-11) in the second semi-final match before setting a date with the paramilitary men.

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