UNIS Varsity Girls Basketball Take on APAC

After winning 90% of their games in season, scoring an average of 42 points per game, and bringing home the HAC championship trophy, the APAC Girls Basketball team travelled to Shanghai on January 21 for their final, culminating tournament. This year, Coach Cortney and Coach Jackson selected several snazzy seniors – Thanh Le (co-captain), Uyen Trinh (co-captain), Linh Vu, Gia Han Le, Eliza Tu Thi Stelmach -, a couple jazzy juniors – Sian Rusinow, Co May Nguyen, Jinny Shin, Sophie Shroeder -, and two spazzy sophomores – Frances Phan, Josephine Schmitz.

Apart from the occasional delicious brownie treats that Coach Cortney baked for us, we committed to providing our bodies with good food, our minds with good energy, and our muscles with physical torture. The 6 returning players made sure everyone knew the standards they needed to uphold and expectations they needed to meet not only for themselves but for the team. Eat well, sleep more, train hard, play together.

Knowing the level of basketball we would encounter at APAC, we worked hard all season to not be surprised or intimidated by the big post players, the fast break layups, the full-court press, and the questionable referee calls.

 

 

 

Our first game was greeted with some angst, some anticipation, but mostly the desire to win. Last year, we won against SFS by a slight 3-point lead to come in 5th overall. This year, we won again in overtime. Although we were unable to beat HKIS, the opponent of our next game, we stilled worked hard to take home a win against ISB and WAB in the following days.

Throughout the 3-day tournament, we competed together, showed sportsmanship, and never gave up. Like a sine curve, we had our ups, downs and inflexions points. The only constant is that Frances can always be found rolling, stretching, and massaging an injured body part.

I want to give a special thank you to both my coaches for giving their time and effort for teaching us not only how to play the beautiful game of basketball but more importantly how to be a team. To my sophomores who inspire the team with youthful energy and so much talent. To my juniors who continue to show me what grit, hustle, and hard work looks like. And lastly, to my seniors, who made the final 33 seconds on court the most fun ever.

Uyen Trinh

2018-19 APAC Basketball Season

Our season started with a core of returning players from last year’s squad, so right out of the jump we had experience and talent going into the season. With the addition of new players It was a little difficult at first for them to adjust to our system and team expectations but after hard work in practice and 3534 line drills they were integrated into our system and we became well rounded team.

What was really special about our team was that we were all friends off the court which made it easier for us to play on the court which boosted our chemistry. What mattered most was not our basketball talent but the effort that every player put in and how everyone was willing to give their all  for the team on the court.

The second week of the season is when we started our league games against the other international schools competing for the HAC Cup and Championship. We were in cruise control the whole time and ended up being undefeated and lifting the HAC Cup and winning the Championship.

During the month of November our invitational approached. Our Bangkok invitational was our biggest test of the season at the time because it was our first time against high level competition. This tournament showed us where we were as a team, we surprised other schools and played a close game against the reigning IASAS champs ISB (International School of Bangkok). We showed that we can compete with top schools by placing 5th out of the 8 schools and finishing 2-2 at the tournament.

Our culminating APAC event put us in difficult pools of play with the previous APAC champions from the last 4 years. Starting out 0-3 was a challenge, but our team did not hang our heads and we finished strong with three straight wins, finishing the tournament with a 3-3 record. We were the first UNIS Hanoi team ever to win 3 games at a APAC Super event which is a milestone.

As the captain of this team I will forever be grateful for being part of this team, this is so far my favorite year playing basketball because of the coaches and players I am surrounded with. On behalf of the team we would like to thank our coaches Mr. Tarique and Mr. Taggart for their guidance throughout the whole season and showing us that the little things matter and that being part of a team comes with sacrifices and commitment. You guys pushed us to the very end and made it uncomfortable for us every practice, we might’ve not enjoyed it but deep down we know it was for our own good, we wouldn’t be the people we are to this day if it was not for both of you.  Next year our team aims to come back stronger and hungrier than ever and hopefully lift gold at APAC.

Malick Sy
Varsity Basketball Team Captain

Super APAC Championship Meet

Last weekend the UNIS Varsity Swim Team traveled to International School of Beijing for the Super APAC Championship Meet.  In an extremely successful weekend, both the UNIS Boys and Girls teams placed 7th for the highest finishes ever.

The meet started out brilliantly as our first two swimmers, 9th graders Hotchy and Alexandra, achieved their best times ever in the girls 200 freestyle. The 200 freestyle boys also saw lifetime best times from Honza and another Grade 9 swimmer Dylan. The first event set the tone for the rest of the competition.

Over the three day competition UNIS Hanoi swimmers set 10 team records and achieved over 30 lifetime best times. UNIS Hanoi broke 8 individual team records and two relay records.  Jacob set new team records in all his events, the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and the 100m freestyle.  Gai set new records in the 50m and 100m backstroke.  For the girls, Flora set new team records for the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

The girls 200 medley relay with Flora, Sonya, Ezell and Mina broke their own record from last year with a gigantic 5 second improvement. The boys relay team, Gai, Matthew, Honza and Jacob broke the 200 freestyle relay record by .04 seconds in the final event of the competition.  What a great way to end an exciting swim meet!

The full APAC Girls Varsity Team included in addition to those already mentioned, Grade 12:  Annika, Marcelle, Jeyne, Grade 10 Linh Trang, and Gaby.  Jeongha also represented the APAC Boys Varsity Team with some very strong swims.

At first we were all dismayed to find our return flight was scheduled for very late in the day on Sunday. To our surprise and excitement, ISB had arranged a trip to The Great Wall for our team. The event ended with a super enjoyable day.

During APAC, our team was very cohesive, with swimmers continually cheering each other on and offering plenty of high fives and hugs for team members. Congratulations to all APAC Varsity Swimmers on a fantastic performance!

Andy Myers
Aquatics Academy Manager

APAC Choir Coming to UNIS Hanoi

On November 15-17 UNIS Hanoi will be hosting the 2018 APAC Choir Festival.  Our community will be welcoming students and directors from Canadian Academy (CA), Seoul Foreign School (SFS), Shanghai American School (SAS-PD), Hong Kong International School (HKIS), and Western Academy Beijing (WAB) to join our UNIS Hanoi performers in this wonderful event. The goal of this festival is to nurture students’ talents, skills and self-confidence as well as develop their interest and appreciation of the arts. The festival will encourage social interaction as students work collaboratively to prepare a culminating performance. Special guest director Patrick Romano will lead the festival to enhance the learning experience.

These types of events offer an outstanding opportunity to bring our community together in support of the arts. The culminating event of the festival will be a concert on Saturday, November 17 at 18:45. in the UNIS Hanoi Centre for the Arts. Tickets for the final event are free of charge and will be available from the Co-Curricular Activities Office (B8B-102) on a first come first served basis starting Monday, November 12.

Join us for a high caliber concert you will not soon forget.

APAC Tennis Varsity Team 2018

On Wednesday 17 October 2018 the UNIS Hanoi varsity tennis team headed to the hosts Canadian Academy School, Kobe, Japan to compete in the APAC tournament. This year 6 schools participated: HKIS, SFS, SSPD, CA and WAB. The matches were played off the school site and an outdoor venue with Savannah grass courts.

The teams consisted of 5 boys, 5 girls. 2 of each gender played singles, a girls and boys doubles and finally a mixed doubles. The format began with round-robin where every school played against one another. The scoring was first to 8 games with sudden death deuces (at deuce next point wins)

Team:
Boys Singles 1 – Nguyen Dao
Boys Singles 2 – Gai Osasawara
Boys Doubles – Kevin Rayan/ Jacob Ybarra
Girls Singles 1 – Serena Mohanty
Girls Singles 2 – Shenern Wang
Girls Doubles – Mayu Mori/ShinYoung Kim
Mixed Doubles – Miki Takeshi/Taku Shiwa

UNIS Hanoi started with a match against SFS (Korea). With it being first match it was a battle against opponent and nerves! We lost 1-6, our win coming from our boys doubles. We lost our remaining matches on day one 2-5 vrs SASPD (very creditable wins for Serena and Dao) and 1-6 against WAB.

Day 2 was an early start with another packed day of matches. We started with a match against the strongest school HKIS. Despite some valiant efforts we were unable to pick up any wins and lost 0-7. Next up was the hosts CA. We won this match 5-2. Wins coming from; Dao, Gai, Jacob & Kevin, Serena and Miki and Taku. This match completed the six school round-robin and then depending on your placings the first two days was where you were seeded as we went into the individual competition.

Final day (3) and by now everyone is playing their respective individual event. Nguyen Dao had our highest individual placing just missing out on a medal coming 4th. He was in fact very close to making the final had some key points gone better his way. Ultimately the competition was extremely good and it’s good to be aware of the level and standards we wish to aspire too.

The finals produced excellent tennis to watch, girls event was won by WAB and boys event HKIS. Overall fantastic event well organized by the host school CA. Great experience for our players with Jacob being our only senior and therefore ineligiable next year. Some of our players now have 2/3 yrs experience so that will hold us in good stead. We know we have to practice more often and play more matches so hopefully that’s something we can commit to all year round now.

Should you be interested in trying out for the APAC team (Grade 9-12) or interested in playing/starting tennis please contact me. We have high school tennis sessions running throughout the week with a choice of coaching or matchplay sessions

See you on court,

Nick Firth
UNIS Tennis Academy Manager
Tennisam@unishanoi.org