Girls' Varsity Volleyball Tournament in Mumbai
This year the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team flew to Mumbai, India, for their SAISA tournament which was hosted by the American International School of Bombay. The girls set a preseason goal of bringing home the first place trophy, after placing second last year, even though they had only three returning players from last year’s team, and seven of the ten players in the sophomore year or younger. Nevertheless, the girls were pumped and ready for action.
They started off the tournament against the eventual champions - Colombo Geckos. Playing the Geckos was tough, and so was playing on an outdoor court for the first time. After losing their first match, the girls rallied back by beating the Bombay Eagles’ second team. They finished the day with a rematch of last year’s championship match taking on Lincoln School. Unfortunately they came out on the losing end and finished the first day with a 1-2 win/loss record.
What is great about the SAISA tournament is witnessing the team’s gradual improvement from match to match. Day two brought an early morning loss against the Bombay Eagles’ first team, back to back wins against Lahore and Chennai and then a very exciting evening match with Dhaka. The Dhaka match was by far the best tournament performance by the TAISM Eagles. Even though they came out on the losing end, they took the Dhaka team to three sets (19-25, 25-23, 10-15) and couldn’t wait to play them again.
Their wish of a rematch was fulfilled early the next morning but they couldn’t produce the same level of intensity from the night before. After losing to Dhaka our team rallied to beat the Bombay Eagles’ second team and a much improved Chennai team to finish in 5th place! Overall, our team had a positive experience and represented TAISM very well with spirit and sportsmanship.
Coach Mallais and I thank our players for being enthusiastic and responsible traveling companions, and their parents who came out to cheer and support us at our games this year. We look forward to working with the returning players in next year’s volleyball season.
Effie Stone, Coach & PE Teacher