|Volleyball - Boys (V) SGIS|
|Date:||October 28, 2017|
|Score:||ISBasel - L:0-2 (17-25, 21-25), BFA - L: 1-2 (27-25, 22-25, 6-15) ISZL - W: 3-1 (28-30, 25-18 ,25-19, 25-19)|
The TASIS Varsity Boys Volleyball team traveled to ISBasel for the annual Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) Tournament, featuring six teams from all over greater Switzerland. The Tigers were dealt a difficult pool placement, facing the home team IS Basel Dragons in their first game of the day followed directly by the equally talented Black Forest Academy Falcons. TASIS placed 5th in the tournament while their pool play opponents went on to place 1st and 2nd, respectively.
In the first game of the day, TASIS fell in two hard-fought sets to the hosts IS Basel. In both sets, the Tigers stayed neck-and-neck with the Dragons until the hosts were able to break away at the end. Although very evenly matched offensively, an effective triple-block along with precise passing from Basel allowed them to control the net and outlast TASIS on the longer points. Late rallies allowed the Dragons to take the match in two sets and deliver the Tigers their first loss of the season.
The second match of the day against Black Forest Academy was a game of momentum. After falling behind due to a series of serving errors, TASIS came back to win the first set 27-25. Senior Can Basaran ’18 and Nadir Timerbaev ’19 led the team with passing and setting, and Sergio Vinas ’20 also contributed some impressive digs on defense. In the second set, TASIS fell behind 2-7 but eventually fought back and tied it up at 21-21. With a two-set victory just within reach, the Tigers collapse and allowed BFA to go on a serving run and tie up the match 1-1. In the third set, the Tigers could not recover. Passing and communication errors allowed the Falcons to build up an insurmountable lead and take the third and final set 15-6.
With their loss to BFA, TASIS lost any opportunity for a trophy and faced off against ISZL for the 5th and 6th place match. Tired and dejected, TASIS struggled to find their rhythm against the Eagles, who they had defeated a few weeks earlier in the ISSL tournament. After dropping a close first set 28-30, TASIS came back with a renewed focus in the following sets and played more to their full potential. Timerbaev leveraged his powerful serve for a number of aces, and middles Nicola Barbieri ’18 and Cem Koprulu ’19 kept the pressure on spikes and blocks to sweep the next three sets and end the day with a win.
The next contest for the boys volleyball team will be at home on November 10–11 for the annual European Sports Conference (ESC) Tournament.