BST Middle school girls ISTAA champions for the second year running after a very exciting and successful evening for BST A and B team.
BST A team
BST 2-0 KIST (25-7/25-17)
BST 2-0 TIS (25-16/26-24)
BST B team
BST 0-2 TIS (22-25/23-25)
BST 2-0 KIST (25-21/25-17)
On Tuesday 12th November BST hosted the ISTAA end of season tournament. TIS (Tokyo International School) and KIST (K International School) attended the tournament and all three schools had two teams playing in two pools.
On court one, BST A team started the evening playing KIST. With some excellent serving from Marie Goto and Lisa Taniguchi, the first set was over very quickly and BST held a convincing lead. After half time, BST lost a little concentration and struggled to take control of the game; nevertheless we did manage to retain the lead throughout and ran out 2-0 winners.
After a break, the A team played TIS. We knew the teams would be evenly-matched so BST needed to be on our game and focused. We were successful in doing this during the first set and, with some great serving again from Marie and Lisa, were able to retain the lead and win the first set comfortably. The second set was a different story: BST were unable to take a secure lead as TIS just kept returning the ball. It was point for point during most the set. BST managed to get a small three point lead and then TIS would pull back. It was a very exciting and nailbiting climax to the season: BST took the serve at 24-24, Heloise Brown served and BST scored the next two points, securing the win and the ITSAA Champions title for the second year running.
On court two, the B team started the evening against TIS. BST were working well together but failed to gain the early lead. The score stayed quite even throughout but always with BST doing the chasing, two points or so behind. We just couldn’t claw back to even stevens and it was TIS who took the first set. BST started strong during the second set and the score again stayed quite even between the two teams but once again, TIS always had that small lead and won the second set as well.
The BST B team played KIST in the final game of the evening and looked much stronger: with some great serving from Antonia Clarke, the girls were moving around and communicating well, allowing them to take, and keep, the lead in the first set. BST remained strong throughout the second set, taking the opportunity to attack KIST whenever possible, and took control of the game. With some strong serving and working together, they kept up the pressure and won the second set, ending up second overall in the B team tournament, which was a very pleasing result.
A great end to the season; well done, girls!