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Athletics Report: 2016 Fall Season

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Cross Country


Most Valuable Player: Tennessee Hildebrand ’17
Most Improved Player: Raffaella Alencar Barros ’19
Coaches Award: Hannah Gage ’17

2016 was definitely a banner year for TASIS Cross Country, as we will be putting the first-ever SGIS Cross Country Team Championship Banner up in the Palestra.

- Coach Greg Birk

The TASIS Varsity Girls Cross Country team won the Category “A” SGIS Championship hosted by ICSZ on October 1. A strong team pack-running strategy by TASIS successfully split up the powerful ZIS team in what proved to be a hard-fought battle. The championship was ultimately decided by the tie-break rule, with Lyla Thompson ’20 passing ZIL’s 5th runner in the second half of the race to give Coach Greg Birk’s squad the tie-break advantage and the championship. Individually, Raffaella Alencar Barros ’19, Angelica Fabiani ’20, Catarina De Carvalho Lages ’18, and Rabiga Arip ’20 placed 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th, respectively, to help the Tigers win the team competition.

The results were reversed at the ISSL Cross Country Championship hosted by TASIS on October 29, as the girls took home the 2nd-place trophy with ZIS winning the championship.

The Varsity Boys Varsity team did not have enough squad members this season to enter team competitions, but that did not stop Tennessee Chapman ’17 from proving himself to be the top individual cross country runner among the Swiss independent schools. In the initial championship meet, the SGIS Championships, the top runner from ZIS edged out Tennessee in a sprint finish. In the season-ending ISSL Championship, however, Tennessee executed a perfect race plan on his home course and made a decisive move with 400 meters to go to claim the individual championship over his ZIS rival.

Middle School

Most Improved Player: Alice Girotto ’22

Coach Jill Sawyer-Price’s Middle School team dominated the 2016 NISSA Cross Country Championships in Zurich on October 18. On the boys’ side, the top eight finishers of the 3K race wore TASIS bibs, with Oliver Matias Riis ’22 leading the charge at 12:59. He was followed across the finish like by teammates Fumiya Imai ’21 (just two seconds behind), Andreas Riis ’23, Mikhel Vips ’21, Ivan Linnikov ’22, Leo Panella ’22, Kobu Chidambaram ’22, and Luukas Koppinen ’21. TASIS also had the race’s top two female finishers, with Nadezhda Fartushnyak ’21 (16:28) and Angelica Graf ’23 (16:52) pacing the team.

Both Linnikov (2nd) and Panella (4th) would go on to post top-five finishes at the ISSL Championships, which TASIS hosted in late October.


Varsity Boys

Most Valuable Player: Can Basaran ’18
Most Improved Player: Pavel Angjelov ’19
Coaches Awards: Nadir Timerbaev ’19

With no seniors on the roster, we are looking forward to having another year with this team now that they’ve spent a full season working together.

- Coach Masa Yo

After suffering heavy graduation losses, Coach Masa Yo’s Varsity Boys Volleyball team began the season with just two returning players, and it’s no surprise that the Tigers weren’t quite to replicate their remarkable success from 2015, in which they won both the ESC Championship Tournament and the NISSA Championship Tournament. There were nonetheless several bright spots in what was expected to be a rebuilding campaign, which opened with a runner-up finish at the ISSL Tournament—hosted by TASIS in early October—and closed with a surprise title defense at the NISSA Championships in Milan.

Despite playing without three starters, the Tigers battled their way to thrilling three-set victories over ISM, BSM, and ASM before surging past Scuola Europa to capture the NISSA title. The match of the day was a 23-25, 25-16, 18-16 thriller against ASM, which had defeated TASIS twice earlier in the season and was the odds-on favorite to win the tournament. When the Tigers finally emerged victorious after a back-and-forth third set, the TASIS bench stormed the court and a loud applause erupted from the crowd to congratulate both teams on an incredibly exciting and grueling match.

Varsity and Junior Varsity Girls

Most Valuable Players: Alexandra Pohl ’19 and Jennifer Lin Kraemer ’20
Most Improved Players: Charlotte Staubach ’19 and Valentina Correa da Silva ’19
Coaches Awards: Virginia Italia ’19 and Cristina Cecilia Estevez ’19

A record 44 girls tried out for Coach Masa Yo’s volleyball program, and once cuts were made, the Tigers emerged with a youthful roster that included just six juniors and two seniors. There was considerable overlap between the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams throughout the season, as many of the program’s younger players logged time with both squads.

The Varsity team finished fourth at the SGIS Championships and fifth at the ESC Tournament before closing the season with a solid 3rd-place finish at the NISSA Championships in Milan. Along the way, the girls posted two regular-season victories over ISM and defeated ICSZ in the ISSL Tournament.

Behind strong performances from setter Virginia Italia '19 and middle Jenny Kraemer '20, the Junior Varsity team, which was led by coach Melody Zanecchia, opened its season by defeating ISL, Bern, and ZIS to take first place in the JV category of the ZIS Invitational Tournament in early September.

The Junior Varsity team would later go on to post victories over ISM, ISZL, ISB, and ASM (twice), punctuating their successful season with a 25-1, 25-19 win over ASM in front of their home crowd during Family Weekend in late October. The impressive 25-1 effort was highlighted by serving runs from Charlotte Staubach '19, Ashli Sartorelli '19, and Anna Alyakina '19.


Varsity Girls

Most Valuable Player: Greta Apollonio ’17
Most Improved Player: Zoe Ghilardi ’18
Coaches Awards: Catarina De Carvalho Lages ’18

Life isn’t about winning and losing—it’s about how you deal with the wins and losses.

- Coach Matt Walker

After returning just three starters from last year’s highly successful team, which won the NISSA Championships and took third at both the SGIS and ESC Championships, the highlight of the 2016 season for Coach Matt Walker’s Varsity Girls Soccer team was undoubtedly the NISSA Championships in Milan in October. Just two weeks after opening the season by losing their first three games by a combined score of 24-0, the Tigers—led by four-year seniors Cristina Barbieri, Fiona Perdomo, and Greta Apollonio, who had another brilliant tournament to finish her career with 18 goals in seven NISSA contents—ran the table against SLS (7-4), BSM (6-0), ISM (8-1), and ASM (4-1) to capture their fourth-straight NISSA title. The performance marked an incredible transformation for a young team that had been beaten 9-1 by SLS in their initial meeting.

The Tigers closed their season with an admirable performance against a very strong field at the SGIS Championships, where Perdoma—one of just three seniors on the roster—was named to the tournament All-Star Team.

Varsity Boys

Most Valuable Player: Mauricio Talayero ’18
Most Improved Player: Adam Novak ’17
Coaches Awards: Mauricio Castillo ’17

I hope that the memories you made will stay a long time with you, and that you will look around at those other guys and have a special place in your heart for them because they were your teammates, and you shared this difficult, fun, and amazing experience together.

- Coach Kent Hercules

Coach Kent Hercules’s Varsity Boys Soccer team picked up a tie and its first win of the season during a three-game run at the NISSA Championships on October 15. The 5-2 win over BSM avenged a loss from earlier in the week. Standout performances came from Daniil Nemykin '17, who scored three goals, Williams Sarreri '18, who scored twice, team captain Mauricio Talayero '18, and goalkeeper Patryk Herok '20.

The Tigers closed their season in November by fighting hard and displaying excellent sportsmanship at the SGIS Swiss League Soccer Championships, which were hosted by TASIS in Tenero. Daniil Nemykin '17 and Deniz Can Kockar ’20 were named to the Tournament All-Star Team.

JV Boys

Most Valuable Player: Deniz Can Kockar ’20
Most Improved Player: Riccardo Borghesi ’19
Coaches Awards: Filippo Cipolini ’19

Coach Riccardo Venturini’s Junior Varsity Boys Soccer team started its season with a tie against ISB and three narrow losses at the ISSL Tournament on October 1. The Tigers traveled to Brillantmont just five days later for the SGIS Championships, where they opened with a tie against Beau Soleil and closed with a ringing 13-4 triumph over the hosts.

Later in October during Family Weekend, the boys earned a 2-2 tie against ASM behind goals from Alessandro Piermattei '20 and Deniz Can Kockar ’20, and they finished their season on a high note with a 3-1 victory in the rematch on November 8. Darius Paval ’19 erupted for a hat trick in the finale.

Middle School Girls

Most Valuable Players: Penelope Baroni ’21, Maya Bjorck ’21, and Camille Molen ’21
Most Improved Player: Sofia Rita ’21
Best Save: Caterina Millo ’21

All teams were physically bigger than our girls, but a positive mindset made sure this did not deter our motivation to go out there and show our best.

- Coach Tom Lill

Coach Tom Lill’s Middle School Girls Soccer team fought bravely at the ISSL Tournament in early October, remaining competitive against bigger and stronger opponents from Basel, Zurich, and Lucerne. Stand-in goalkeeper Caterina Millo ’21 helped the Tigers keep all four matches close.

Middle School Boys

Most Valuable Player: Fumiya Imai ’21
Coaches Awards: Martin Sarreri ’21
Best Goalkeeper: Riccardo Baroni ’22

Coach Fabrizio De Gregorio’s Middle School Boys Soccer team competed with enthusiasm in the ISSL Tournament in early October, following up three losses with a 1-1 tie against ISB. The spirited squad later put forth a good battle against the local Red Cross club, eventually falling 5-3.

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