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Volleyball - Girls (V) SGIS

Event Type: Tournament
Advantage:Away

Date: November 3, 2018

Result:4th Place
Score:Results

Event Recap:
vs LAS (win)
25 - 19
25 - 10

vs Nations (win)
25 - 20
25 - 12

vs Bern (win, Quarter finals)
25 - 4
25 - 5

vs ISL (loss, semi-final)
8 - 25
18 - 25

vs Basel (loss, 3rd place game)
25 - 17
9 - 25
10 - 15

After returning from Academic Travel the night before, the Varsity Girls Volleyball team had a 5:00 AM departure for the SGIS Tournament in Lausanne. After two train rides, the team arrived at the International School of Lausanne (ISL) at 11:00 and quickly prepared for its first game vs Leysin American School (LAS). The girls showed no exhaustion in this first game, with high energy and good serving led by junior Giulia de Cristofaro '20. Good serving followed by smart placement of the balls kept the Tigers in dominant shape for the first game of the tournament. Following the win vs LAS, the Tigers immediately played the International School of Geneva (Campus des Nations). The girls starting showing some signs of nervousness and needed to be reminded to take a breath and slow down. Once they accomplished that, Valentina Correa da Silva '19helped the team gain momentum with consistently strong serves, and Jennifer Kraemer '20 wisely tipped and placed the balls where the opponent had holes.

The first two wins secured the Tigers first place in their preliminary pool and led to a quarterfinal game against Bern. The girls had a long break between these games but did not let this affect their play, putting forth another strong performance. Dominant serving starting with 15 consecutive serves and points by de Cristofaro gave the girls a confident start. They never let their guard down and finished the day on a high note by defeating Bern 25-4 and 25-5.

The next morning, the Tigers started off by taking on the tournament favorites and the team's best friend, ISL. The girls were excited for the match but unfortunately were unable to show their potential due to nervousness and lost the first set 25-8. However, they came back in the second set like a completely different team—kicked off by junior captain Alexandra Pohl's beautiful block and overall relentless defensive effort and strong consecutive serves, particularly by Larissa Mendes '20 and Cristina Estevez '19. Although the Tigers gave ISL a better run for their money than any other team in the tournament, they were outmatched by ISL's strong serves, hits, and smart placement of the ball. With a great relationship between the two teams, the TASIS girls learned what they need to work on for future tournaments.

The girls started off the third-place game vs Basel with a lot of confidence. Great hits and tips from Pohl and Kraemer helped deliver a confident win in the first set. Although Anna Alyakina '19 and Charlotte Staubach '19 provided great positive energy and kept team morale up throughout the game, the girls lost momentum against a strong server in Basel. After losing the second set, the girls carried the sense of defeat with them into the third set. The same server gave Basel a 9-0 lead, which was demoralizing. However, once the Tigers broke her serve, captain Virginia Italia '19 brought points to the team with a serving streak of her own. However, the initial deficit was too much to come back from and the Tigers fell 15-10, placing them in 4th place out of 13 teams. The girls were thankful for the ISL players who were supporting them throughout the game and also returned the favor by supporting ISL in the finals, which they won.

The girls learned a great deal through the five matches played this weekend and look forward to improving their game for our final two tournaments in the next two weeks.

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