|Volleyball - Boys (V) SGIS|
|Date:||November 3, 2018|
ISBasel W: 2-1
On Saturday, the Varsity Boys Volleyball team traveled to IS Basel for the 2018 SGIS Championships. The tournament featured seven teams from Switzerland and southern Germany, with two groups of pool play followed by a playoff bracket. Based on the previous year’s performance, the Tigers were placed as the third seed in Group 1, facing defending champions IS Basel in the first match of the day. Despite traveling the furthest, not playing in a game for three weeks, and missing a week of practice for Academic Travel, the boys were fired up and ready to perform in their first major tournament of the season.
Basel - W: 2-1
The second set was another fierce offensive battle, with strong spikes and blocks from both teams. Despite a number of spectacular digs and spikes from Timerbeav, Linnikov and Josh Galmarini '20, Basel squeezed out a close win to tie up the match 1-1.
The third set was equally intense, with both teams playing well on offense and defense. A tight, back-and-forth battle followed with neither team able to break away with a lead. A side out and quick point allowed the Tigers to come from behind once again and take the set 15-14.
ISL - L: 0-2
The Tigers quickly fell behind in the first set due to serving and passing errors. A late charge led by a serving run from Ivan Kozhuhar '21 gave TASIS some hope, but the effort was too little too late: Lausanne managed to break the serve and close out the set with a 25-23 win.
In the second set, TASIS looked a little more energetic but still could not manage to hold the serve and make a run. Lausanne responded to the tempo of the match with even stronger offense and solid serve-receive. A string of bad passes and missed serves from TASIS gave Lausanne an insurmountable lead, and the Tigers had their seven-game winning streak snapped by a decisive 0-2 loss.
Kumon - W: 2-0
ISZL - W: 2-0
BFA - L: 1-2
In the first set, the Tigers looked like the clear favorite. Showing their offensive might, Timerbaev, Linnikov, and Kozhuhar dominated the net and racked up kills against a disciplined BFA defense, winning the set and taking a 1-0 lead.
It looked like the Tigers were poised to repeat their earlier 2-0 victory in the second, but BFA refused to give up. Despite continued attacks from Timerbaev, Linnikov, and Galmarini, BFA kept digging the TASIS spikes and wouldn’t let the ball hit the floor. After a grueling back and forth second set, the Falcons evened up the match by squeaking out a 25-23 win in the second set to tie the match at 1-1.
The third set continued with TASIS pounding the ball on offense and BFA scrambling on defense. With all the teams and fans at the tournament now watching, the match played out in dramatic fashion with long points and amazing saves on both sides. After coming back from 13-10 to tie up the match at 13, a side-out and one more long point allowed BFA to take the third set 15-13. Despite pouring all their energy into the 75-minute match and out-scoring BFA in points overall, the Tigers had to settle for 2nd place with a disappointing 2-1 loss.
With some well-deserved rest and renewed determination, the Varsity Boys Volleyball team looks forward to its next tournament at the European Sports Conference (ESC) Championships next weekend at ISZL.
SGIS VARSITY BOYS VOLLEYBAL TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2018 @ IS BASEL (FLEISCHBACHSTRASSE 2, 4153 REINACH)
GROUP 1: ISB1, KLAS, TAS, ISL GROUP 2: BFA, ISZL, ISB2