Gatunga, Kwanthanze win volleyball titles at Eastern Region School Games
Gatunga Boys High School volleyball team from Tharaka Nithi were on Saturday afternoon crowned the Eastern Region volleyball champions after beating St Michael Kenire of Embu 3-1, to book the sole ticket to the National School Games set for Eldoret in August.
Gatunga, despite tough competition from Kenire managed a 3-1 (25-23), (22-25), (25-20), (25-22) win in a tantalizing final.
Head coach Benson Kiragu was full of excitement and praise for his boys as they qualified for the national competitions.
“Finally hard work has paid for my boys, ” Kiragu said after his team’s heroics.
On their way to the finals, Gatunga knocked out Eastern Region champions Kangundo High School in the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win, and the bullish tactician believes it will now be more easier for him to win the national title.
“Having knocked out the defending champions we knew this was the perfect opportunity to challenge ourselves and showcase our prowess for the top spot. Our main target now is to qualify for the East Africa Games and hopefully, silence the naysayers,”Kiragu added.
In the playoffs, St Martin from Makueni emerged victorious, scooping third place in the overall standings after a 3-1 win ;(25-20) (25-23), (23-25), (25-23) against Mutewa Boys High School.
In the girls category, titans Kwanthanze took a huge stride in their journey to the East African Secondary School Games set for Rwanda after edging out Kyatune Girls 3-0 in a lopsided final of the Eastern Region Term Two B Games in Kitui.
Kwanthaze, who sent shock waves when they clinched the East African title back in 2015, now proceed to the nationals bidding to reclaim the crown they relinquished last year.
On their way to the finals, the 2015 Metropolitan champions eased past Chatune Girls (3-0) in the quarters before driving through Chogoria Girls by a similar margin in the semis.
“I am proud of what we have been able to achieve this year. Things can only get better for our teams; I think this time we will stun our opponents in Eldoret,” Kwanthaze head coach Justin Kigwari told Citizen Digital in a post-match interview.
Kwathanze ran riot hitting their opponents 25-20, 25-23, 25-24. Kwathanze are also the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Association (FEASSA) defending champions having won the title three times.
Meanwhile, Kirigira Girls High School scooped third position after a 3-2 win; (25-20), (25-24), (22-25), (23-25), (25-20) over Vyula Girls High School in the playoffs.
Kwathanze High School (Machakos) 3-0 Maraa High School (Meru)
Kyatune School (Kitui) 3-0 Chogoria(Tharaka Nithi)
Kirigira (Meru) 3 -0 Nduluni(Machakos)
Gatunga(Tharaka Nithi) 3-1 St . Martin’s (Makueni)
Kangundo 0-3 Gatunga
St. Micheal Kenire(Embu) 3-0 Butewa (Meru)
Playoffs: Saint Martin(Makueni) 3 Mutewa 1
Finals: Gatunga 3 Kenire 1