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Dragons' Digest SGIS Tournament 7 November 2019

Varsity Boys Volleyball (1st Place)

On Saturday November 2, The Varsity Boys Volleyball Team once again proved they are the best in Switzerland! Congratulations to all the boys on their victory in the SGIS tournament hosted here in Basel.  

They won their pool convincingly in the morning winning in straight sets against ISZL, BFA and ISL.  We played TASIS in the Semi Final and KUMON in the final. Both games were dominated by Basel 2-0 sets.

Every player did their part, bringing their best performances of the season but players of the tournament has to be Christian Satzke for his powerful spiking in the middle and consistent blocking as well as Camden Shultz for his amazing serves and spiking from the outside. Well done to Stefano and Francesco for setting - they had the most work to do running constantly from back to front court and made the job of our attackers easier.

Most improved goes to Dimitri who was covering the middle of the court well on defence and giving the setters plenty time to get under the ball.  ISB is PROUD of YOU ALL!!!

Congratulations to all the boys for their hard work, focus and determination throughout the day. Thank you to sports council, tech crew, booster club and families for making it all possible. 

Camden, Henrik, Christian, Stefano, John, Francesco, Omair, Pol, Lucas (left to right back row)

Philipp, Monti and Dimitri (Left to right front row)

Varsity Girls Volleyball (2nd Place)

The varsity girls volleyball team had an early start on Saturday, travelling to Leysin in the Swiss Alps for the annual SGIS tournament. 13 teams from around Switzerland were involved which makes it the biggest tournament that the team would be involved in this season. After finishing 3rd last year, expectations were high and with a travelling group of only 7 players the team would have to play their best to be in contention. 

Group Games: ISB v Aiglon 2-0 Win; ISB v La Regent 2-0 Win

Quarter Final: After successfully making it through the group games and finishing on top, the team completed an exceptional day's play on Saturday by winning their quarter final match against a very defensive local Japanese International School (KLAS). ISB were able to adapt our play, and after many long rallies we took control of the game and managed to secure a spot in the semi-final which also included a well earned sleep in on Sunday morning!

ISB v KLAS 2-0 Win

Semi Final: At midday the team played another exceptional game against the hosting school Leysin American School under hostile conditions due to the local support. Our team stuck to the game plan and with patient play we triumphed.

ISB v LAS 2-0 Win

Final: With a well earned spot in the final, spirits were high, however, the team were unsuccessful losing our first set of the entire tournament by the closest of margins. Fatigue took control in the second set, however, the team continued to fight until the very end. Well done girls on a great tournament achieving second place overall.

ISB v ISL 0-2 Loss (26-28) (18-25)

Players of the tournament: Ashley, Andrea, Britt, Bibi, Wiktoria, Isabella, Manon

Varsity Girls Football (1st Place)

The Varsity Girls Soccer Team went away to Tenero (Locarno) for the annual SGIS Tournament on 2 November 2019. TASIS was the host school and once again the awesome CST facility was used as the venue. 

Versus ICS Zurich, 0-0 tie

The game was close throughout. Whilst ISB probably had more possession, ICS were very organised and strong defensively. There were chances at both ends, but credit should go to the Basel defenders (Alexa, Catherine, Carla, Elena and Vera) and goalkeepers (Sabrina and Kylie).

Player of the match: Alexa for her fierce tackling, her positioning to provide cover for her teammates and for her effective clearances.

Versus LGB, Geneva, 0-0 tie

It was a messy first half with too much of the ball being played in the air and not on the ground. Things improved in the second half as the team played more of a passing game. The ball was played out more to the sides and consequently, players had more time on the ball.

Player of the match: Gabriela for her hard work in midfield supporting both attack and defence.

Versus TASIS, 5-1 win

This was the breakthrough game for the Dragons. After the strong second half in the previous game, the team took this approach to their final round-robin game. Knowing only a win would be sufficient to make the final, the Dragons created chance after chance through simple but effective pass and move football. Goals came from Gabi, Lea, Hannah, Lauren and Hannah.

Player of the match: Lauren for her control in attack. Lauren made some great decisions in terms of when to pass and when to shoot. Her movement with the ball was fantastic.

FINAL versus ICS Zurich, 2-1 win

In many ways, the final was a repeat of the round-robin game. A tight affair, with ISB just edging things on possession and chances created. The game finished 0-0 after normal time and extra time and went to a penalty shoot-out. Lauren and Kylie’s penalties were enough to win the shoot-out and the tournament!

Player of the match: Kylie for her saves during the penalty shoot-out and for taking the winning penalty! 

Player of the tournament: Lea (Captain) for her support in both attack and defense and for her leadership on the field.

2019 SGIS winners! Congratulations to all 14 players involved.

Mr. Hunter, (proud) Coach

Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball (4th Place)

Versus ICSZ, 13-25 loss

Our first game of the tournament, against ICSZ, marked our fifth meeting of the season with this team.  Having won three of these encounters, we were cautiously optimistic. Unfortunately, we immediately started to struggle with our serves, failing to capitalize on our first four opportunities. Meanwhile, our opponent served much more consistently, each of their players stringing multiple points. Before we knew it, the gap had grown so much that a comeback was almost impossible. They promptly close the set, which today meant they also closed the match. 

Versus ISL (International School of Lausanne), 25-12 win

Not all was lost however.  Finishing second in our group would still secure a slot in the semi-final.  To achieve this, we had to win both of our following matches. We did just that against ISL. Overcoming them with a convincing victory 25-12, thanks to much improved serving, focus and communication.  

Versus LGB (La Grande Boissière), 25-24 win

Our third game, against our host turned out to be quite a battle.  We continued to play very well, the team solving each problem as it arose.  Quickly, thanks to a great serving streak by Emily Page, we gained a 7 point lead.  It slowly but surely decreased in the closing stages of the set, but we never gave up.  We managed to cross the finish line first 25-23, a score that was hotly contested by LGB, and revised to 25-24 because of scoreboard malfunction.

SEMI FINAL versus ZIS, 8-25 loss

So on to the semi-final we went.  This time we were facing a much taller challenge in the form of arch-favorites ZIS.  We probably played our best game of the season to date. Sadly, it wasn’t enough. Our opponents made literally no errors.  We absolutely fought until the last point, and I think it’s fair to say the final score doesn’t reflect our efforts.

3rd/4th place versus ICSZ, 15-25 loss

In the third place game, as you might have guessed, we met ICSZ… again.  This time we were ready, we served much better, covered the space better, passed better, communicated better.  We literally did everything right, but somehow our opponents always seemed to have the last word. Once again their lead grew, once again they won the match. 

Will the outcome be different next week at the SCIS tournament in La Chataigneraie? We will certainly do everything we can to make that a reality.

Middle School 1 Girls Football (1st Place)

We took an 11 player squad to defend our title won at this same tournament last year. Sarrakshi was solid in goal throughout conceding only 3 goals in the whole tournament. Briana and Salma were the mainstays in the heart of the defence and Emily filled in superbly when called upon. Lily and Leah mainly rotated the central midfield positions and brought great energy to the team while Sandra and Sophia caused ongoing problems for teams down the wings. Lucia and Wendy, also added an attacking threat centrally and from wide positions when needed while Hannah led the line superbly and was a constant threat for us. The individual games went as follows;

Versus ISZL, 4-0 Win

Our 6am wake up showed as we got off to a slow start vs ISZL. They were tough to break down at first but then Sophia broke the deadlock with a smart finish. She soon added a brilliant 2nd from a free kick into the top corner. Her 3rd and 4th sealed what was a comfortable victory in the end and it put a marker down to the other watching teams and coaches that we were going to be a tough team to beat. 

Versus Le Chat (Tournament hosts and last year’s SGIS beaten finalists), 1-1 Draw

The seedings were not calculated correctly for the tournament so it meant that last year’s finalists were in the same group. We started well with Lily, Hannah and Sandra going close but then gave up a sloppy goal to mean we were 1-0 down at half time. We knew we were the better team and capable of getting back into it and Wendy managed to get the equalizer for us with a cool right footed finish. We continued to press and though it ended 1-1, their coach was happier than we were with the point based on the balance of play. We thought it was likely if we were to reach the final, we would meet them again and bring our ‘A’ game next time.

3rd group game versus Nations, 3-0 Win

Nations were a tough nut to crack and a physical team too but we knew a win here would set us up for a great semi final chance as our final group opponents looked the weakest of the five. Briana, Salma and Lily were solid while Sarrakshi cleaned everything up and distributed assuredly. It took a while but Sandra broke the deadlock at the far post after great work down the left from Sophia to get a cross in. Sophia soon added a 2nd and then Lily got our 3rd vital goal to kill the tie. It put us top of the group on 7 points.

Final group game versus ISL, 7-1 Win

A win would cement our place in the semi final the following morning and the girls didn’t disappoint. The promise of a lie in was strong motivation too! We were ruthless from the outset and soon took the lead with Sophia scoring her 6th of the tournament, Hannah with our 2nd and then Lucia adding our 3rd with her first of the season! Her sister Wendy soon added a 4th, Lily bagged 2 more with some clinical finishes and then Lucia rounded off a great all round performance with our 7th.

Semi Final Vs ICS, 4-0 Win

We had to adapt our defensive shape a little as we knew ICS would play a long-ball game against us. They were physical and tried to frustrate us throughout. We dominated most of the ball in the first half but came in at 0-0. The message to the girls really was to keep doing what we were doing, create chances and add a bit more composure in the final third. Sophia broke the deadlock with a great long range lob over the keeper. Hannah and Wendy finished superbly to put us 3-0 up and we could have added more. Leah eventually added our 4th with some great follow up play to book our place in the final. The biggest blow was that we’d have to play it without Sandra who’d aggravated a knee injury.

Final Vs CDL, 4-1 Win 

Le Chat lost the other semi final to a well organized and well coached team in CDL whose first half display was our toughest test of the tournament. It was a pretty even affair with Wendy working tirelessly down the right and Lily covering brilliantly in the middle. CDL gained the advantage with a long range effort which put us 1-0 down at the break. We spoke about battling until the final whistle and that we had plenty of time to get back into it. The girls also had the motivation of doing it for Sandra, their injured team-mate. Salma, Briana and Sarrakshi were again solid at the back. Sophia’s 8th of the tournament earned her the golden boot and more importantly levelled the score. Our belief grew. Hannah scored a brilliant 2nd and an even better 3rd. CDL didn’t know what had hit them. Leah and Lily continued to work relentlessly while Emily and Lucia brought fresh legs to the proceedings. Briana’s quick thinking long range effort and 4th of the game effectively killed it off. It was so pleasing to hear the final whistle and another great achievement for the girls this season, especially to come back from one nil down at half time in a final. So proud of them all!

It’s very tough to pick out a player of the tournament so it’s a split decision between Briana who was pretty much faultless at the back and solid throughout, and Sophia who scored some vital goals and was unplayable at times. We will take a lot of heart and confidence into the Brussels tournament. Congratulations to all!