Laikipia Queens ready to join big league next year

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

BYAGNES MAKHANDIA/ Laikipia Queens women’s team will fea­ture in the next year’s Kenya Volleyball Fed­er­a­tion na­tional league.

Speak­ing over the weekend dur­ing the Baringo County Open tour­na­ment in El­dama Ravine, team man­ager Al­fred Ruto said all the lo­gis­tics are in place ahead of the next sea­son.

“We wanted to have a feel of what to ex­pect when we de­but in the league next year and that’s why we fea­tured in Baringo Open. We are aware it’s go­ing to be a tall or­der but hav­ing started the prepa­ra­tion early, we hope to make an im­pact,” said Ruto.

He added: “KVF have been reach­ing out to coun­ties to in­vest in sports and I am happy this team has been spon­sored by a well wisher from Laikipia County Mo­hamed Deddy and there­fore we re­main in­debted for the good ges­ture from him. We are cur­rently re­cruit­ing play­ers to beef up the squad ahead of the sea­son.”

Ruto, who dou­bles up as the Kenya De­fence Force men’s volleyball team man­ager, also re­gret­ted their ab­sence in the next month’s KVF play-offs for first time in a decade.

KDF, who have been reg­u­lars in the play-offs fell by the way­side last Fri­day as they suc­cumbed to Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity 3-1 ( 25-18,24-26,25-22,25-19 ) hence failed to book the sole ticket that was up for grabs. Ruto said they may be down but not out.

He said: “Of course it’s sad­den­ing, but we can’t kill our­selves. We in­tend to go on a sign­ing spree so that we have a strong side come next sea­son in a bid to re­claim our po­si­tion in the play-offs and go all the way to chal­lenge for the 2017 ti­tle.”

He added, “I wish the qual­i­fied teams in the play-offs all the best of luck as all this is geared to­wards im­prov­ing the stan­dards of men’s volleyball and the sport at large go­ing for­ward.”

The men’s teams which have al­ready qual­i­fied for the KVF volle­ball league play-offs in­clude sur­prise pack­age Nairobi Wa­ter, cham­pi­ons Gen­eral Ser­vice Unit, Kenya Pris­ons and Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity (KPA).

The women’s cat­e­gory has— former cham­pi­ons Kenya Pris­ons , cur­rent cham­pi­ons Kenya Pipe­line, fast-rising Nairobi Wa­ter and Kenya Com­mer­cial Bank.

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