U16 Boys Volleyball Tournament
The NAISAK Competitive Sports season is now in full swing, with our Volleyball season starting last week. Our first tournament was for our U16 boys who travelled to The American School of Doha. The boys were placed in a tough group, which contained Qatar Academy, Doha College and Sherborne.
The tournament started off disappointingly for the boys as they went 0-7 down to Qatar Academy in the early stages of the game. However, the boys soon found their marks and rallied back with some excellent play. This saw NAISAK claw the game back to 20-20 with two clear points being needed to win the game. After a tense finish, NAISAK could not come up with the winning plays and eventually lost 20-22.
The second game saw NAISAK come across a very strong Doha College team. In this game, NAISAK appeared to have shaken off the cobwebs and started to play with real composure and control. In a close game where Doha College demonstrated an excellent service game, NAISAK countered this and were in the game throughout. However, in the end, Doha College proved too strong, with NAISAK losing 17-21.
Moving into the final game, NAISAK had to win to stand any chance of progressing into the finals. Unfortunately for us, we left our worst performance until the very end. The control and composure that were demonstrated against Doha College were now lacking, as the nerves clearly had gotten to the boys. NAISAK eventually lost this game 10-21.
Our final game was against our sister school Compass MK. NAISAK put out a much better performance. The composed and controlled team that we observed against Doha College was once again evident. NAISAK put together a commanding performance which allowed them to win the game 21-13.
Overall, the tournament was a mixed bag for NAISAK, where we enjoyed glimpses of what they are truly capable of. However, we also identified some areas to work on, especially when performing under pressure. The boys now have a Volleyball League season to look forward to with games scheduled against Qatar Academy, AKIS, Oryx, Qatar International School and English Gulf School.
U14 Boys Volleyball Tournament
The U14 boy team followed the U16 boy team with a Volleyball tournament at AKIS this week. This was again a round-robin competition with games against Newton International Academy, AKIS and Doha College.
In the first game against AKIS, the boys started very similar to the U16s where it took them a while to get into the game. Likewise, they had to contend with a very strong service game from AKIS. Once the initial nerves subsided, the boys started to look more relaxed and started to get into the game more and more. However, they were unable to turn around the initial deficit, losing 9-15.
In the second game against NIA, the boys got off to a flying start, which allowed them to go into an early lead on the back of a strong service game and some effective setup plays. However, as NAISAK were edging towards the 15 points required for the win, the nerves started to take hold, which opens the way for NIA to get back into the game. After a nervous few minutes, NAISAK managed to hold out for the win, winning 15-11.
The final game of the tournament for NAISAK came against Doha College, with a similar circumstance to the U16s in which they needed to win to advance to the finals. Unfortunately for us, they left their worst performance until the very end. Once again, the nerves appeared to get to the boys, and they struggled to gain any kind of foothold or momentum in the game. The game ended 9-15 to Doha College.
For both the U14s and U16s, we have been very proud of their dedication and effort in the lead up to these tournaments with strong numbers turning out for practices during ECAs as well early morning sessions before school started each day. We are all very excited for what this season may bring both with the remaining Volleyball games and for the other sporting events that are ahead.
Director of Sport