2017 ISSL Boys Volleyball Results
To kick off the 2017 season, the Varsity Boys Volleyball team hosted the ISSL tournament on Saturday, which featured three other schools from around Switzerland. Aside from the hosts, the four-team round-robin tournament included teams from International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL), Neuchatel Junior College (NJC), and the International School of Lausanne (ISL). Through many ups and downs, the Tigers fought their way through three close matches against the evenly matched competition to finish in first place and start the season 3-0.
vs. International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL)
The first match against ISZL got off to a slow start. Both TASIS and ISZL struggled with passing and communication. Despite a number of rotation and passing errors, the Tigers were lifted by the strong play of senior Middles Andrija Ilic ’18 and Nicola Barbieri ’18. By the third set, TASIS finally found its rhythm, managing a convincing 15-8 finish to secure their first win of the season.
vs. Neuchatel Junior College (NJC)
The second match against newcomer NJC was exciting from start to finish, pitting the formidable defence of NJC against the emerging offensive power of TASIS. With disciplined passing and serving, and some remarkable digs, NJC came out on top in the hard-fought first set 28-26. Undeterred, the Tigers came back strong in the second set with powerful serves and spikes. In only his first season as a volleyball player, Barbieri dominated the net with blocking and spiking to charge up his teammates and the crowd. With additional help from seniors Ilic and Can Basaran, TASIS notched 14 kills to build a comfortable lead and take the set 25-13. The Tigers continued with their momentum and closed out the third set for their second win of the tournament.
vs. International School of Lausanne (ISL)
With first place on the line, TASIS and ISL met for the final match of the tournament. Thanks to contributions from its deep roster, TASIS was able to scrape together a win in the first set with balanced offense and defense. Responding to the pressure, ISL started off strong in the second set with a barrage of serves and spikes, building a comfortable lead that TASIS couldn’t recover from. Down 7-3 again in the third set, it looked like TASIS was all but finished when a five-point run led by Barbieri and Basaran gave them the advantage halfway through the set. Both teams continued to fight hard for the lead until TASIS was able to break away from a 12-12 tie and seal the win.
After making steady progress throughout their first tournament, the Tigers look forward to their next match at home on October 14 against the American School of Milan.