Our students spreading the word of our 10th Anniversary at the tournament
Our Boys’ D1 ACAMIS volleyball tournament was played at Teda International School in Tianjin. The team travelled in high spirits after some impressive performances in their recent SISAC competition. Our young squad, captained by the elder statesman of the group, Gustavo Piola Parucker (Year 13), showed tremendous tenacity and no shortage of ability in all of their matches. We were narrowly beaten in the group stages by eventual champions, hosts, Teda International School, as well as almost causing a major upset against one of the tournament favourites Xiamen International School.
Our front row players Andreas Weisberg, Austin Harriott, Rasmus Sckerl (both Year 11) and Bart Lee (Year 12) improved dramatically over the course of the competition, especially on their hitting and blocking.
Joe Curtis, Craig Jervis and Luuk Drieduite (all Year 11) displayed great athleticism along with fantastic digging and passing skills to thwart our opponents, while Justin Lee (Year 10) and the aforementioned Gustavo performed setting of the highest quality throughout to provide us with a platform to attack.
Having built on those narrow defeats we finished the tournament in impressive fashion with commanding victories over International School Qingdao and YCIS from here in Shanghai. With the majority of the boys available again for the next two years, we will look to build on what was our most successful boys’ volleyball tournament to date. Well done to all involved!
- Coach Michael Dunphy
Our D1 girls travelled to Tianjin with a tenacious attitude to build on their final win of the SISAC season. The girls had a challenging first game against the well-rested home side. Unfortunately, the home advantage prevailed and the girls lost the third set by 2 points. We were all disappointed by the outcome; however a great deal of team spirit and tactical familiarisation developed during the match.
This was taken into their next two games which the girls comfortably won. Our setters, Esmay Drieduite, Luana Elia, Morgane Rigaud and Megan Tan, directing the ball to our hitters, Holly 'hitter' Walmesley, Barbara Asfour and Lucie Reboud, combined with the accuracy of service from Kristin Haaberg and the blocking power of Na Young Jin, were a well-oiled machine.
The girls finished the tournament in 4th place with a resilient and well fought game against the eventual winners from Qingdao. Our player of the tournament was awarded to Esmay Drieduite for her sheer determination, focus and consistent performance over the three days of competition. Well done to all involved.
- Coaches Laura Byfield and Mayke Van Krevel