U19 Girls SEASAC Volleyball 2015 Captain's Report
I can’t even begin describe how proud I am of these girls. We came to this competition with the smallest team, with no senior players and 2 players having no experience with games before. We left as the team that surprised everyone we played and we were even congratulated by the referees. We also managed to retain the sportsmanship award for the third year running!
We started off the tournament playing against one of the toughest teams in the competition, UWC East. Although we lost the match overall, we almost managed to snatch the second set off them with a close score of 22-25. It was so impressive coming from these girls, knowing that we had the smallest roster and less practice than them. They played their hearts out and I couldn’t be more proud of how the first game turned out. The rest of the day was definitely a learning curve for us, occasionally taking the odd set off of the strongest teams, ISY and TTS, in the competition but losing the games overall. It was so satisfying to see the team grow more confident in each game and being so close to winning the set or the game pushed us to try even harder for every point.
After losing all 3 games in the first day, we were eager to bring home a win. Since UWC East had 2 teams (one invitation team) the first game of the day was a guaranteed win, but we were motivated to earn the win. Following a tough first 4 sets, each of us winning 2 sets, we went into the 5th set determined to take the game. We fell behind at the beginning due to unforced errors as we couldn’t break the serve of the other team during the side out. But after an inspirational speech by Coach Lim and Miss Raymer we managed to tie the score with our strong serves, teamwork and effort. We were 1 point down at a score of 14-15 and it was the match point for UWCSEA East 2. Our diligence carried on as we were able to put the other team under pressure, making them commit an unforced error to tie the game to another deuce. Our dedication and effort was unmatched as we took the next 2 points to win the game. Every player moved as a unit, covering the teammates in front of them and going for every single ball that came over the net. This was the first ever win that an Alice Smith girl’s volleyball team had taken and was the closest game of the entire tournament. It was an incredible feat and was even more impressive as we were the smallest and youngest team at the tournament.
Our next match against BSJ was the match that counted the most for us, if we won it would put us in a position to get a medal and get us into the semi-finals. After a strong performance in the last game, we took that confidence and applied it into this match, earning a strong win of 3 sets to 1, pushing us into the semi-final match against ISY.
ISY had been undefeated throughout the tournament but we gave them a challenge nonetheless; losing in 3 sets by only 2 or 3 points with a score of 22-25, 23-25, 22-25. It was heartbreaking to see how close we were to getting into the finals but the experience we earned in this game was unmatched.
Even though we lost against TTS in the last match of the tournament to earn us a 4th place position, we were so immensely satisfied with our performance over the course of the entire tournament. Every team member played their hearts out despite the fact that many of us were suffering from all the scrapes, bruises and injuries we had accumulated over the tournament. We achieved so much in such a short period of time and as a captain, I couldn’t ask for a more dedication in a team. We will learn from this tough loss and come out stronger to hit the ground running in time for next year’s SEASAC Volleyball.
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