After winning our local HAC league the Junior Varsity Boys Volleyball team traveled to SSIS for our season finale MRISA tournament. Six teams played a round robin followed by semifinals and finals. Our UNIS Phoenix came fourth, narrowly losing 3rd place after a very intense and close third set against VIS. This year’s JV squad was made up of Gia Khang Vo & Lam Nguyen (Co-Captains), Hung Le, Heedong Cho, Huy Nguyen, Jeongha Kim, Johnny Okello, Kiet Nguyen, Aoi Ito, Nam van der Wielen, Ian Moore, and Aryan Behar.
The level of play encountered in Saigon was nowhere near the teams we played locally in Hanoi, as the tournament consisted of Varsity teams only. Even so, our players have worked hard to get to where we are. We managed to do our best and put up a good fight for our last game in MRISA, losing to VIS while bringing them to a third set (we lost to them in 2 sets on the first day). Although we lost some games, everyone still had their heads up and were always ready to bring their game, no matter the outcome (especially you Johnny). Every single member was dedicated and has contributed to the team in a positive matter. We worked extremely hard and it was worth it to see the improvements we’ve achieved in the past season.
It has been a wonderful 2 months to be able to play alongside this team and watch every single player improve in many ways. I am extremely grateful for this team, alongside coach Darren. This will be my last MRISA Volleyball, and even though we didn’t manage to get the outcome we wanted, I have absolutely no regrets as it had been a ton of fun playing with this team. Thank you to everyone in this team, including Ian & Aryan who didn’t get the chance to travel, as well as Coach Darren for making this season an absolute blast!
By Gia Khang Vo