TASIS enjoyed a very successful weekend at the SGIS championships in Leysin. During Girls and Boys Doubles play on Saturday (played as 10 game pro-sets), all of the TASIS teams won their first match to keep them out of the consolation draw.
In the second round on the girls side, Maria Montes '14 and Sheena Ohnemus '14 fell to the eventual champions from Aiglon. Kate Ivanova '15 and Sasha Krasnoperets '15 kept rolling against KLAS, however, and reached the semi-finals. Against LAS in the semi-finals, Kate and Sasha couldn't quite grab the momentum and ended up losing 10-5. They exacted a measure of revenge, however, and ended up winning their final match to earn the 3rd place medal.
The TASIS boys team of Emiliano Yzaguirre '13 and Aleksandar Antelj '13 cruised through their opening matches, dispatching their opponents with ease. In the semi-finals they faced a tough team from Haut Lac. The match featured several changes in momentum. Down a break at 8-9, the boys broke back to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, however, the boys let the first few points slip away and ended up losing 7-4. In effect, that match functioned as the boys final, as Haut Lac won 10-1 in the final. Emiliano and Aleksandar picked themselves up for the 3rd place match and won easily, deliver two 3rd place medals for TASIS on the day.
On Sunday, 15 teams participated in the Mixed Doubles tournament (played as 8 game pro-sets). Our first team, Emiliano Yzaguirre '13 and Kate Ivanova '15, were heavily favored after a good showing on Saturday. They won their first two matches easily, including some revenge against Aiglon, before facing last year's champion, LAS. In a tightly contested match, TASIS gutted out several games that went to deuce and ended up winning 8-2 to reach the final.
The second team, Aleksandar Antelj '13 and Maria Montes '14, cruised through their opening two matches on the strength of excellent net play by Maria Montes. In the semi-finals, they faced a difficult opponent in KLAS's first team. After some shaky play, TASIS forced a tiebreaker and, behind solid serving from Antelj, emerged from the tiebreaker victorious (7-4) to ensure an all TASIS final.
The Mixed Doubles final was a good natured competition with smiles all around. Behind excellent serving from both Emiliano and Kate, TASIS's first team won comfortably. Amazingly, out of 15 mixed doubles pairings, TASIS placed 1st and 2nd.
All together TASIS had their best showing at the SGIS tournament in the last three years. The five different doubles pairings went a combined 15-4. They took home two 3rd place medals, one 2nd place medal, and one 1st place medal. More than that, however, the TASIS team played with class and hustle. Congratulations to the entire team.
- Submitted by Coach Peter Locke