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Secondary Sports Report: Football and Volleyball

Catch up with how our Volleyball and Football teams have been getting on over the past week.
CISSA Volleyball

Boys
Volleyball C1 boys made a nervous start to their first set on Tuesday, but turned it around much quicker this time. They continued to try to play their own game and not lower their standards. The second set saw an increased confidence and the boys served consistently well to keep the momentum going forward. Jae Kun Lee lead by example and made a big impact when on court. Maximilian Dyckerhoff served a series of Aces on numerous occasions. Well done to all the team!

- Coach Ross Hill

Girls
A very successful week for the CISSA girls’ volleyball teams. Some very positive serving ensured the teams took a strong lead at the start of each set. New players Carina Helander and Jane Guglielmi fitted into the teams and communicated well with the other players.

The C1 team started nervously but in the second set they had much better concentration and this enabled them to play 3-touch volleyball with the third touch being a more aggressive attack. Isabella Stolcis is the youngest player in this team but does not let this faze her, she played consistently good passes to the setter and made some good decisions in attack.

- Coach Rachael Moores

Senior Football

Girls
On Saturday the D1 XI girls travelled to SAS Pudong for their second league fixture of the year. Confidence was high as the team have shown that they can play good football and get a result. However, this confidence led to complacency during the warm up. The girls knew that SAS would be physical and would play the ball over the top at every opportunity, which they did right from the start. The poor warm up affected the girls’ performance and they were soon under a lot of pressure. Down 3 – 0 at half time the team talked about how to defend against the long ball game and went out with a much better attitude. They created several chances and defended superbly. All in all the team learned a valuable lesson about preparation. A special mention to our goal keepers Lan Tao and Ulrika Andersson.

- Coach Samuel Thorley

The Senior Girls 7-a-side football team competed in their first game on Tuesday, taking on Dulwich Suzhou at home. The girls took an early lead in wet conditions with the score 2-0 to the BISS Lions at half time. Dulwich came back strong and scored twice in quick succession to make it 2-2 and all level with 10 minutes to go.

The BISS Lions' defence showed real resilience; not letting their heads drop and reorganising to show much better structure which ensured no more goals were conceded. Madeleine Johnston and Laura Kelly both deserve special mentions for putting in solid defensive performances throughout the game but especially during the last 15 minutes. Noelle Heinrich scored a hard-fought winner to bring home the points for a well-deserved BISS Lions victory. Final Score: BISS Lions 3-2 Suzhou Dragons

- Coach Chris Baker

Boys
On Tuesday the D1 7-a-side boys went up against a very strong and experienced Dulwich Suzhou side. But after a motivational team talk we started the game superbly and went 1-0 a head (the look on the opposition’s faces was priceless). The BISS Lions continued strongly and went into half time at 2-2. Still the boys applied the pressure and played some great football, but the experience and physicality of Suzhou started to show and they began to take control of the game with an 8-2 lead. I reassured my players that despite the result the performance was great and that matches like these are opportunities to gain experience and learn more about the game. Well Done.

- Coach Nick Lewis