Article by: Liz Sunga
Last weekend was eventful for many of ISM’s first season Pre-IASAS athletes. Pre-IASAS is an opportunity for varsity teams from different Southeast Asian schools to compete against each other, as well as become more familiar with their competitors and teammates in a high-pressure environment. The Bearcat soccer athletes played at home for Pre-I, while the volleyball and cross country teams travelled to Taiwan and Thailand, respectively, to contend with other schools.
Silvana D., a freshman and Josh A., a junior are both volleyball rookies who were very excited to find out they were travelling to Taipei for Pre-I. Silvana says she was able to “bond with [her] teammates and learn more about a sport [she] loves.” Due to this, although “there was a lot of pressure to succeed, [she] felt comfortable playing with the teammates that [she] now considers family.” Likewise, Josh thinks that Pre-I was a great opportunity for athletes to “see weaknesses and what needs to be worked on more to stand a better chance against other IASAS schools.” Following this, they hope to be chosen to participate in the actual IASAS tournament and, for both the girls and boys volleyball teams, are eagerly anticipating a very successful remainder of the season.
Theda L., a sophomore cross-country athlete, talks of how the Pre-I experience is a “great opportunity to build camaraderie between the team and get familiar with the different teams competing in IASAS.” ISM’s cross-country team participated in a scenic run through the tropical forests of Thailand. Between the “muddy legs” and “unreal views,” Pre-I was “a great way to boost team morale.” Theda is now looking forward to training for IASAS this October and has her eyes set on achieving both an individual and team best this year.
The soccer athletes had the pleasure of playing at home against TAS, ISB and Ateneo University, a college based in the Philippines. Senior Rina P. shared similar experiences with Theda, Josh and Silvana. “Pre-IASAS was really fun,” Rina said. “Our team learned what our strengths and weaknesses are, and what we need to work on for IASAS.” ISM hosted teams from Bangkok and Taipei and the local players from Ateneo.
As these athletes prepare for the major, much-awaited end of season competition, the rest of the Bearcat community wishes them luck and hopes for the best in their sports!