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1st Place

Scores
ASM W: 2-0 (25-10, 25-15)
ISZL W: 2-0 (25-13, 25-14)
JV W: 2-0 (25-18, 25-16)
ISP W: 2-0 (25-17, 27-25)
ISP-JV W: 2-0 (25-11, 25-16)
ISP W: 2-0 (25-13, 25-21)

Recap submitted by Coach Brendan Shea

Hard work and determination won the day, as the TASIS Boys Volleyball team captured the 2021 ESC Championship in convincing fashion on Saturday, November 13, in the ASM gymnasium. Over two days, the Tigers swept through 6 games against 5 teams from around Europe without ever losing a single set—a feat only achieved once before, by the 2015 TASIS squad. The title marks the fifth ESC championship for the TASIS Boys Volleyball program, the most in league history. After a few close losses in the beginning of the season, the Tigers are now on an 8-game winning streak and are looking to capture as many trophies as they can as the season draws to a close.

Pool Play
TASIS started off day one of pool play by facing two familiar opponents: ASM and ISZL. With strong serves and efficient passing and setting, the Tigers were able to dispatch both teams in two sets by more than 10-point margins. In their third and final match on Friday, TASIS Varsity played the TASIS JV team in a closer-than-expected two-set win to finish the day 3-0.

After the first day of pool play, TASIS and ISPrague finished with three wins each, clinching the top two seeds for a championship berth regardless of their remaining pool results. Notwithstanding that detail, when TASIS and ISP squared off for their pool match on Saturday, both teams played their toughest for the right to claim the top seed in the tournament.

On paper the Tigers and Falcons from ISP were well-matched in their first-ever meeting. Both teams employed a dynamic 5-1 offense supported by strong passing and setting. As expected, the match was action-packed, with a number of momentum swings, big spikes, and long volleys. Luckily, TASIS was able to hold off a late push from ISP in the second set to secure a clean 2-0 victory and the top seed in the bracket.

Following the varsity match, a final win against the ISP JV team completed the pool stage for five straight wins and set the stage for a rematch with ISP in the championship game in the afternoon.

Championship
With the wind in their sails, the Tigers entered the championship final full of energy and enthusiasm. That excitement fueled a lopsided 25-13 TASIS win in the first set, as ISP struggled to get their serves in and passes on target.

With a sizable lead in the second set, it looked like TASIS might run away with the match by another double-digit margin. However, ISP finally found their footing with a series of serving rallies that evened up the score. Luckily, TASIS was able to break the serve and make their own serving runs to shut down the ISP comeback and finish the set 25-21.

Standout Performances
TASIS was led by captain and Opposite Hitter Ivan Linnikov '22 (24 kills, 2 blocks, 3 aces, 4 digs, 5 assists). Setter Alejando Orosco '23 (2 kills, 5 aces, 37 assists) directed the offense with superb setting throughout the tournament. Middle Hitters Charles Mut-Tracy '22 (8 kills, 7 blocks, 11 aces) and Wil Pacini '23 (12 kills, 5 blocks) dominated the net against every team and provided some of the most important serving rallies in key matches. Outside Hitters Ryoi Saito '23 (10 kills, 3 aces) and Jakob Norton-Scherer '22 (6 kills, 1 ace) rounded out the offense with their strong spikes and serves, and Libero Filippo D’Alconzo supported the defense with consistent on-target passes throughout the tournament.

With the ESC trophy in hand, the Tigers improved to 11-4 on the season. TASIS will return to action at home on November 20 to host the NISSA Championship, the final tournament of their 2021 season.