Kwanthanze, a hotbed of volleyball talent in Kenya

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 00:00 |
Kwanthanze Girls after their victory at the 2019 East Africa Games in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo/PD/LYNETTE MATHEKA

Kenya Secondary School girls’ volleyball champions, Kwanthanze, made it five regional titles and three in a row, in the process producing the games’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Miriam Chelimo, at the East Africa games held in Arusha last month.

Under the tutelage of Justine Kigwari, the school has continued to produce stars for the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) league and by extension the national team Malkia Strikers.

From when they won their maiden national and regional title in 2013 and successfully defended it the following year, Kwanthanze have maintained their dominance.

They relinquished their title in Huye, Rwanda after losing to GS Indagaburezi in 2015 and lost to Soweto in the Nairobi region 2016 finals.

They got their groove back in 2017 and have not looked back since. Their 2013/2014 squads produced players like Ann Lowem, Yvonne Wavinya, and Lilian Lelei and despite missing out on the national showpiece in 2016, they still produced good players among them Kenya Prison’s left attacker Pamela Masaisai.

The 2017 class unearthed Africa Games sensation and this year’s CAVB Women’s Zone Five Championship best attacker Sharon Chepchumba who plays for Pipeline, Jane Mumbua of DCI and KCB’s middle blocker Loraine Chebet.

The quartet of Betty Sifuna, Esther Mutinda, Gladys Ekaru and Metrine Wanjala graduated from the Machakos-based school last year and were immediately recruited by Pipeline.

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