The below is a recap of the November 16-17 weekend, the recap of the rest of the Season 1 teams can be found in previous posts.
HS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:
White: The KISJ White team returned to the final for the 3rd straight year, and for the 3rd straight year BIFS took them to 5 sets. However, this time BIFS came out on top, breaking the KISAC win streak at 32 games. Despite the loss, the girls had an exceptional season, finishing 3rd at AISA, the best placing of any KISJ team in school history. The loss will be a valuable learning experience and serve as continued motivation for the 2019-20 season. Thank you to long time players Aleum Chung and Yaeji Youn for the all the years of unwavering commitment and dedication to the team.
Blue: KISJ entered two teams into the Varsity division for the first time. The girls placed second in their pool after defeating BHA 3-1. In an exhausting Saturday, the girls went the distance beating BIS in 5 sets, pushing KISJ White to 4 sets in the semi-finals before they were defeated in extra sets by BHA in the bronze medal match. A special congratulations to our middles, Karam and Inwoo and our captain Carrol who played every point on Saturday. An additional thank you to long time players Flora Lee and Jenny Hong for their commitment to the program and willingness to play whichever role needed to help the team be successful.
Junior Varsity: The KISJ Junior Varsity team dominated round robin play during the first day of the KISAC tournament this year and went into the second day feeling confident. Though challenged by BHA in the Championship game, KISJ-JV came out on top in 3 sets, coming in first place in their division. The team had a lot of fun on court as their hard work paid off and they celebrate 2 team birthdays, pairing their gold medal celebration with cake. Erin Song and Jessica Lee proved themselves to be our most improved players this season, while Natalie Kim took charge as team Captain. With the majority of the team in 9th grade this year, the future of Girls Volleyball at KISJ looks bright with this KISAC Championship team.
HS BOYS VOLLEYBALL
BLUE (A1): For the second year in a row the KISJ Boys A team went undefeated in the KISAC tournament, taking home the gold medal. Despite losing significant physicality and athleticism last year, the team refined their individual skills while maintaining strong bonds between the athletes on the team. Alex Kim (G10) represented the team on the All Tournament team for his consistently solid defensive presence on the court and flexibility to play various roles. This season was the last for seniors Eric Kim and Sol Lee aka. Hallasan. The whole volleyball program thanks them for their leadership and commitment to the team.
GOLD (A2): This was the first year in which KISJ entered two teams into the boys A division of the KISAC tournament. In the quarter finals against BIFS, we lost the first set of a best 2 of 3 set match. The team found themselves down 24-16 in the second set when Paul “Wootak Clan” Chung took control from behind the serving line (in all, he served a total of 10 serves - 5 of which were aces) to lead the team to a dramatic 24-26 win. Libero Philip Shin represented our Gold team on the All-Tournament team for his leadership and defensive presence. After claiming victory against last year’s 2nd place team, BIS, in the semis, the Gold team faced the Blue team in the finals and ultimately walked away from the tournament with silver medals in hand. This season was the last for Peter Jiwoong Yang who played an important leadership role this year.
WHITE (B): The KISJ “White” entered the KISAC tournament with both a sense of nervous excitement and trepidation as they took the floor against their mainland rival Busan International Foreign School. Despite the defeat, the team pulled together, learned from their errors, and most importantly, watched the other matches in order to absorb the “atmosphere” of the tournament and support our other KISJ teams. The highlight of the tournament for the “Whites” was playing against the KISJ premier team the “Blues” in a in a very close match, that eventually saw us go down to defeat 25-20. The players expressed their gratitude at being able to participate in the tournament, seeing that most of them were freshmen. The support of all their teammates and the sportsmanship shown during the matches have instilled a sense in the players, that they can achieve the same results in the tournament as the Blue and Gold teams if they continue to show dedication and hard work to improving their volleyball skills.
Students traveled to Seoul this past weekend to compete in the Winter Chadwick Meet. All of the students who participated put forth an amazing effort and were positive representatives of KISJ Dragons.
Many seasoned swimmers placed in their events with others improving on their personal best time. Ho Youn S. came first in the 50 metres backstroke (15 years and over), whilst Jonathan K. placed second in the 100 metres freestyle (15 years and over), with Justin H. third in the same event. Jonathan K. also placed second in the 50 metres freestyle (15 years and over), with Evan A. in fourth place. In the 100 metre Individual Medley (IM), for 11-12 years, Hoseong N. at 1:38.93 took over 2 seconds off his best time, with Jason H. also making a personal best time at 1:31.97 in the 100 metres IM (13-14 years). A first time competitor in the 50 metres breaststroke saw Been A. come 6th place with a time of 44.63. Special mention to Kevin C. who gave up his place in the 50 metre breaststroke to enable his teammate, Been, to swim the event. A final congratulations to the 200 metre medley team (15 years and over) who came first place; the team consisted of Justin H., Jason H. Jonathan K. and Hoseong N., who stepped out of his age group to join the older students in the relay. Great work from all the swimmers and coaches.