Nairobi, Kenya, January 25, 2016 - Volleyball scooped some of the biggest prizes at the annual Kenyan Sports Awards in Nairobi on January 15, including Women's Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and Best Federation of the Year.
David Lung'aho, who coached Kenya to win a record ninth African Nations Cup, also led Kenya in a highly successful FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 3 campaign, which the country finished in top place in 2015. He was voted Coach of the Year. Under Lung'aho, Kenya also claimed two historic victories at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup in Japan in 2015.
The team which beat Peru in the World Grand Prix Group 3 final won the Team of the Year category. The volleyball team who won gold at the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo were runners-up.
Squad member and outside hitter Mercy Moim came second to Hyvin Kiyeng (athletics) in the overall Women's Sports Person of the Year.
Veteran beach volleyball player Ednah Rotich was feted for her role mentoring and supporting local talents. The Kenya Commercial Bank player was voted the Community Heroine of the year.
The Kenyan Sports Awards were set up 12 years ago by former marathon runner Paul Tergat. The most popular sports in Kenya are athletics, football and rugby, but volleyball was arguably the star of the show on this occasion.