06 Oct 2017
ISB Volleyball Invitational

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The varsity boys volleyball team traveled to Bangkok over the weekend of September 29-30 to compete in the ISB Invitational tournament. Even in pool play matches, the caliber of play was beyond anything they had seen in their ACCIS league here in Singapore. To be competitive, the boys had to raise their standard of play; they needed to hit harder, block tougher, and play more aggressive defence than had so far been required of them, and they did just that. They improved with every match, finishing pool play with a match record of 3-0 and only one set lost. They crossed over into the semi-finals in first place for their pool, facing the second place team in pool B, Wells International School of Bangkok. The semis proved to be a hard-fought match, but the Dragons came out on top in two straight sets to move on to the championship game against Saigon South International School (SSIS). SSIS was also undefeated going into the finals, so the boys knew it would be their biggest test of the tournament, and it turned out to be a nail biter. The Dragons lost in two straight sets by scores of 27-26 and 25-23, but they played with heart and composure. The learning and improvement that occurred throughout the weekend should leave the boys well prepared for the SEASAC tournament in four weeks time.

Written by Mark Service

Tournaments are always an opportunity for growth. Pack a lot of games into a short period of time and it’s inevitable that players walk away from the weekend stronger than when they began. This weekend was no different. Travelling overseas to Bangkok for this tournament meant that the Girls’ Volleyball team was able to play unfamiliar, high calibre teams. This was excellent preparation for the upcoming Division I SEASAC tournament where the girls will be vying for a spot in the following years tournament.

Although the Girls team was hindered with a lack of depth on the bench this weekend, they played with determination and demonstrated a lot of character. With only two substitutes, the athletes were sometimes thrown into situations that they had to make the best of. The weekend was off to a challenging start with two losses on Friday. A win on Saturday morning placed the girls third in their pool. They played for a spot in the consolation finals, and won their way to 3-0 on Saturday, placing 5th overall.

When asked to share something they learned from the weekend, Shala Manivannan commented that her top takeaway was the importance of keeping momentum in a game through supporting her teammates and knowing your job (on the court). Definitely a sign of a successful learning opportunity!

Written by Roxanne Walker