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Volley: Kenyatta Varsity face St Pauls in Savlon league final



St Pauls University team. [Photo:JONAH ONYANGO/STANDARD]

This season’s Savlon Nairobi volleyball league finals will be a students’ affair.

Kenyatta University (KU) will battle it out for the ultimate prize against new entrants in the league St Paul’s University in the women’s self-sponsored category on Saturday.

Kenyatta booked a slot in the finals after beating Starehe 3-1 (25-10, 25-19, 23-25, 25-15), while St Paul’s University  humbled  Kasarani 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-15) over the weekend at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Starehe and Kasarani will have to battle it out in the third place playoffs at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani 

Coached by Julius Ringera, Kenyatta University, will rely on the experience of Veronica Chepkosgei and Triza Atuka, who recently played in the just concluded Under-23 World Championship in Tjuana, Mexico.

Chepkosgei and Atuka will partner with setter Farida Efumbi, who has on many occasions received several national team call ups, to clinch the title. Coach Ringera says his side has what it takes to clinch the trophy.

“We bagged the coveted trophy in the first edition of the event in 2010 before  it slipped from our hands in 2011 and 2012, but this time around, our eyes are set on reclaiming the cup,” said Ringera.

He added: “St Paul’s, who are making their first appearance in the event, have qualified for the finals and we are not going to underrate them. We will ensure that we beat them in the finals and reclaim the trophy.”

In the schools girls’ category, Eastern Central champions Kwanthanze High School will face Parklands Arya in the final, while Nembu and State House will battle it out in the third position play-offs.

In the boys’ category, Hospital Hill meet Githiga High School in the final as Aquinas High School clash against Euticus for third position scheduled for this weekend at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani gymnasium.—[email protected]

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