Article by: Julianna Ching

The squeaking of shoes against the floor, the sound of the ball’s impact against hands, and excited cheers fill the air. Students from all around the world, representing six different countries, mill about. Anxiety infiltrates the atmosphere, but with it is the unmistakable feeling of excitement. This is the world of IASAS Volleyball.

With such a tense environment, it seems almost impossible to compete under such conditions. Yet, the athletes manage to do so incredibly. “The other teams look really good, it’s going to be tough competition,” admits Sam S. (SAS). His teammate Kory S. adds, “Everyone has a big hitter or tricky sets so it will be a tough win or loss.”

Despite the intense competition, all teams played well, giving both spectators and fellow athletes alike a great show. In particular, members of other teams commend the “amazing athlete” Afi B. (ISB). His high jumps, big hits, and all-around athleticism have not gone unnoticed. Additionally, the entire TAS team was recognized as strong and cooperative; several times, onlookers were awestruck by the team’s ability to save seemingly impossible shots made by their opponents.

Although all competitors impressed the crowd with their skills, the players believe there is still room to improve and they are eager to prove this in their upcoming games. First-time IASAS Volleyball athlete Jessica M. (ISKL) states that her team is “ready” after having a “feel for what the rest of the tournament is going to be like.” She believes that this is what will help “set them up for the next few games.” Mary L. (ISB), who’s competing in IASAS Volleyball for the second time, echoes these sentiments. She’s excited to see how her team will play tomorrow, as she knows they can play better than they did today.

But amidst all the competition and rivalry, it is the love of volleyball that ultimately binds the athletes. Whether it is the unity of playing as a team, the feeling of getting a point with the crowd going wild, or the connections made on and off court, this sport is clearly loved by all its athletes. “I like the team aspect of the sport. It’s really fun because you really depend on each other and it teaches you how to work together and be successful,” Natalie K. (ISKL) shares. On the other hand, it is the intensity that captivates Nik P. (ISM). “[Volleyball] is played at such a high pace—such a fast pace—it never gets boring.”

With two more days to look forward to, the tournament has just begun. Spectators will undoubtedly continue to be impressed with the strength, capacity, and sportsmanship displayed by all of the athletes. Best of luck to the teams of all school and may the best school win!

 

Results

Boys

ISB ISKL JIS ISM SAS TAS W

L

ISB

0-2 2-0 1

1

ISKL

2-0 0-2 1

1

JIS

0-2 0-2 2-1 1

2

ISM

2-0 2-1 2

0

SAS

2-0 2-0 2

0

TAS

1-2 1-2 0-2 0

 

Girls

ISB ISKL JIS ISM SAS TAS W L

ISB

2-0 0-2 1

1

ISKL

0-2 1-2 0-2 0

3

JIS

2-1 0-2 1

1

ISM

0-2 1-2 0

2

SAS

2-0

2-0 2-0 3

0

TAS 2-0 2-1 2

0

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