Although we were unable to finish it off with a win, our efforts were not wasted. The boys ended up last in the tournament. But it was the journey that mattered, not the result.
We were the only ones there but when our first opponent arrived we were not scared. We stood tall and begun our first match of the tournament against TIS. The first set was very close and ended up at 22-25 to TIS. We did not give up, we continued to push however we lacked momentum and lost many points, eventually losing to TIS 18-25.
Our second match was with ISHCMC, again we were very close. The first set ended with 21-25 to ISHCMC, then once more we seemed to lose control on the second set and lacked communication and the basics skills. We lost again to ISHCMC 9-25.
The last was match in the Round-Robin, was against SSIS, who were the champions last year and this year. This match was not as difficult as we thought. We learnt from our mistakes from the last 2 games. We kept the basics, and came close to win the first two sets, however we did not pull through. And lost both sets 23-25, and 21-25. These scores showed us that we have improved over time and we can finish 3rd.
Since we had lost all the matches prior, we were put in the 3rd vs 4th match. It was the most unbelievable match we, as a team, had experienced. We lost against ISHCMC by 2 sets. However, we won the first 25-22 but lost the second set 23-25. The last set was the one that determined who was bringing the trophy back to school. We had put all our efforts in this set and last bits of energy. We unfortunately lost 15-9 to ISHCMC. We were disappointed but we were not done and some of us knew that next year will be our year.
I believed that our team has the strongest potential out of all the other teams, everyone played their best and we know we have a few more years to redeem ourselves as a school who can fight. They may see us now as a small and weak team, but we will prove them wrong.
I’d like to thank Mr. Husband, our coach, who was always there for us as well as the BIS HCMC supporters on the sides cheering. Additionally to the boys who came to every training session and spent their lunchtimes practicing over and over again.
Dan Champion, U19a Boys Volleyball Team Captain