Sports Updates - June 09, 2023

By Shyat Lemoshira
After defeating Strathmore Blades and Zetech Development in a 3-1 series, the USIU-Africa basketball teams, the USIU-Africa Tigers and the USIU-Africa Flames, were crowned winners of the Division 1 Kenya National Basketball League playoffs. On Friday, June 2, the USIU-Africa Flames scorched Zetech University 45-43 in Game 3. Afterwards, the basketball ladies’ team overwhelmed Zetech University 50-46 in Game 4 on Saturday, June 3, solidifying their victory overall. Ariel Ortega's three-pointer in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter, after getting the pass from Matthew Lagat, gave the USIU-Africa Tigers a 64-61 victory over the Strathmore Blades in Game 4 on Saturday, June 4. Ariel Ortega won the game with 20 points and 6 hit three-pointers, earning him the title of player of the match.

Fans immediately erupted in jubilant cheers in support of our teams' glory and triumph. In the presence of our Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Margee Ensign, who also attended all games and supported the basketball teams, the teams were presented with trophies and medals by the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF). Most Valuable Player (MVP) honours were given to Aaliyah Havyarimana for the women's KBF Division 1 League in 2022–2023 and Ariel Ortega for the men's KBF Division 1 League in 2022–2023.

Coach George Mayienga won the KBF Division 1 Coach of the year award for his work in guiding the teams to such successes as they prepare to compete in the KBF Premier League the following season.

On Saturday, June 2, the USIU-Africa Gladiators, the men’s and ladies’ volleyball teams played friendly matches against the Strathmore Jaguars and Panthers at Strathmore University. The volleyball ladies’ team was defeated 1-3 by the Strathmore Panthers in the following sets: 21-25, 23-25, 25-20, and 23-25. Furthermore, the men's volleyball team defeated the Strathmore Jaguars in three sets, 21-25, 17-25, and 21-25. The Strathmore Jaguars defeated them 3-0 from then on. According to Coach Sally Wanjala, the teams demonstrated commendable performances in terms of services, reception, and setting, obtained useful insights, and are determined to working on developing in the following areas: attacks, blocking, and backcourt defense.

The USIU-Africa hockey men’s team, Team Mashujaa will be playing against Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCAU) in a Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Premier League match on Sunday, June 11 at 5pm in City Park Stadium, Parklands.

The Heads of Schools, Colleges, Institutions, Universities, Companies, Organizations, Self-Help Groups and Churches in Kenya in collaboration with the Nairobi City Council Netball Federation has invited the USIU-Africa netball team, the Hurricanes, to the Nairobi City Council Open Tournament that will commence on Saturday June 10 and end on Sunday, June 11 in the Nairobi City County Stadium.

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