Recap submitted by Coach Brendan Shea.
Kumon - Loss: 12-25, 20-25
ISB2 - Win: 25-2, 25-9
ISB - Loss: 22-25; 20-25
BFA - Loss: 21-25, 23-25
The boys volleyball team travelled to the International School of Basel on Saturday for the annual SGIS Championships. The team finished 4th out of 7 teams after losing very close matches to the eventual top three finishing teams. Overall, the Tigers were led by Ivan Linnikov ‘22 (18 kills, 5 aces, 6 digs), Ivan Kosuhar ‘21 (9 kills, 5 aces, 6 digs), Can Besen ‘20 (8 kills, 6 blocks) and Zhan Sarsenov ‘21 (6 kills, 5 blocks, 3 aces, 2 digs).
After a long train ride, the Tigers got off to a slow start against a strong team from Kumon. In their worst set of the season, TASIS gave up 10 points in a row on serve receive and lost 12-25. In the second set they woke up a bit more and got off to a 9-5 lead and looked like they might force a third set before Kumon fought back with strong offence and took the set 20-25.
vs. ISB 2
In the second match of the game, the boys found their rhythm and beat ISB2 2-0 in a dominant performance with scores of 25-2, 25-9. The Tigers were led by serving runs from Pablo Rivera ‘20 and Ivan Kosuhar ‘21, supported by strong play at the net from Can Besen ‘20 (5 kills, 6 blocks).
Semi-final vs. ISB 1
With a second place finish in their pool, the Tigers faced the hosts ISB in the semi finals. Despite having the lead multiple times throughout both sets, the Tigers could not hold on, and eventually gave up the lead at the end to lose both sets 22-25, 20-25.
Third Place match vs. BFA
In the 3rd place match against BFA, TASIS continued to play well on offense and defense, but could not manage to hold a lead long enough to win a set. After dropping a close first set and leading through most of the second set, the Tigers ran out of steam and lost 0-2 (21-25, 23-25).
The Tigers return to action on November 15 and 16 for the annual ESC tournament in Berlin where they hope to defend their title for the third straight year.