King’s Academy, November 23, 2008—This weekend, the boys and girls varsity volleyball teams competed in the Middle East Triangle Tournament in Beirut, Lebanon, returning home with both wins and losses. While both teams faced the same schools—Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS), International College (IC), Beirut and American Community School in Beirut (ACS) in the round robin tournament—the end results were drastically different.
The boys team won all three games in the round robin, and defeated IC again in the final match on Sunday. Despite having to pull several junior varsity players up to compensate for those varsity players who could not attend the tournament, they emerged undefeated and captured the championship.
“We never would have beaten those teams in the regular season,” said Jonas Terwilliger ’10 referring to the progress the team has made over the course of the fall season.
Unfortunately, the girls squad could not put all the pieces together and lost their first game to ACS 2-1, and their second game to ICS 2-0. While they were able to secure one win against ABS in the third game of the round robin, ABS retuned with a vengeance and secured the win in Sunday’s consolation round.
“The teams we played in Beirut were much stronger than the teams we played earlier in the season,” commented Assistant Coach William Newman Wise, “and much taller.”
Regardless of wins and loses, both the boys and girls teams enjoyed their time in Beirut touring the American University of Beirut (AUB) campus, eating dinner together in downtown Beirut and visiting the Pigeon Rocks, a Lebanese landmark in the tourist district of the Raouche.