Middle and High School Winter Sports Season

The second sport season of the year kicks off in November.  High school basketball and swimming begin on Monday, November 4, and middle school soccer begins on Tuesday, November 19.

Students who are interested in HS or MS sports should make their way to the sign-up boards outside the UNIS Hanoi cafeteria and register as soon as possible. Be on the lookout for more detailed information from your respective coaches.

Middle school sports are a two-day a week commitment while high school is a three to four-day a week commitment. Our middle school programmes operate as a no-cut opportunity.  Everyone wishing to participate will have the opportunity to practice, improve, and play some competitions.

Good luck to all.  GO PHOENIX!

 

ISHCMC Invitational Swim Meet

Last weekend the Phoenix Swim Club traveled to HCMC for the annual ISHCMC Invitational Swim Meet. Our swimmers placed 4th at the meet – the highest place of any team traveling to the meet!  The meet took place in the new ISHCMC Secondary School pool.  We knew right away we were going to swim fast.  The pool was new with state of the art equipment and the swimmers felt strong during warmup!

The team broke 9 team records with Rio Nakasuji leading the way as she broke 5 records on her own. One of the records she broke was 14 years old!  Rio set new standards in the 9+10 50 free, 50 back, 50 fly, 100 fly and 200IM.  In addition she anchored our freestyle relay coming from behind to place 4th.  Chikashi Nakano smashed the 100 backstroke record for 9+10 boys and Duc Le did the same in the boys 13+14 200IM.  Jacob Biros continued his assault on the UNIS Hanoi record board with new records in the 50 breast and 100 breast.

Flora Hamilton won the high point award for Girls 15+over with a first place in every event she swam.  Jacob Biros also received a trophy placing 3rd overall in the Boys 15+over age group.

Our swimmers were especially tough winning almost all the close races we were part of.  Every swimmer in every race fought to the end resulting in dozens of personal best times.  This was the first meet with preliminaries and finals for our age groupers.  In each of the 50 meter events, the fastest 8 were chosen to race against each other after the initial swim. Swimmers who participated in one or more finals were:  Chikashi Nakano, Rio Nakasuji, Rei Ogasawara, Rory Hamilton, Nam Khanh Truong, Jonathan Katen, Betty Bui-Reilly, Jacob Biros, Flora Hamilton, Linh Trang Do, Gaby Chanen, Mina Dippe, Lily Noda, Nghia Le, Mina Mok, Alexandra Slewka, Gai Ogasawara, Amelie Ogasawara, Duc Le and Ben Josi.  Well done PSC Swimmers!!!

See you at our next and final meet of the year is Saturday, May 25.

MRISA Junior Volleyball Girls

On the fifth of May, 2019 the UNIS Hanoi girls got ready to play SSIS to get into the championship game. As we walked onto the court, we knew we would play hard until the end, no matter the score.

The season began with some uncertainty. We had two returning players Isabella and Jada. Only one was on the MRISA travel team. The rest of the team: Sophia, Michelle, Abi, Beeke, Kiara, Trang, Lily, Elione, Ngoc, Saki, Carolina, Sarah were either completely new or have been playing for just one or two years. At the beginning of the season, we were all individual players. We lost our first game against BVIS in three sets and our second game to HIS in three sets. But losing wasn’t all a bad thing. It encouraged our team to improve and bring ourselves together as a team. As practices and games passed and we neared the MRISA tournaments, we continued to improve.

Throughout the season, our team continued to grow with the help of our amazing Coach Cortney, who worked us hard, up until we left every practice more conditioned than the last. Our team benefited from all the extra sessions we put in over weekends, holidays, and even before school.

Our entire team shakes their heads when we think about our first couple of games and how poorly we played. Luckily, thanks to our wonderful coach and our team’s dedication, we grew individually and as a team and gave everyone at MRISA a run for their money. As we look back and think about our SSIS game, we couldn’t be prouder of how hard and intense our team played against this championship team!

Jada AL-Iesa and Sophia Chagas

Boys Volleyball – MRISA Jr Runners Up!

After an undefeated season in our local HAC tournament, the Middle School Boys Competitive Volleyball team stayed in Hanoi for their season finale MRISA Jr. tournament. Six teams played a round robin for the first two days and on the last day the finals. This year’s team was made up of Captains Segdae Lucardie and Min Yong An who led the team with great spirit and leadership. Our middles Nam van der Wielen, Harald Hogberg and Kiet Nguyen lit up the court with all their blocks and spikes. Our fantastic outside hitters Heedong Cho and Toby Fujii Bennett were consistent throughout the whole season getting hits off the charts. Our reliable Opposites Perry Baek, Hieu Nguyen, Aoi Ito and William Francis all played exceptionally well when it came down to the close moments. Last but not least our Liberos who were amazing, Takao Saito and Minh Khoi Phan were as helpful as always.

Our Phoenix came out strong and took the first match solidly against SSIS in a nearly error-free match of beautiful volleyball.  After winning all the round robin games we were ready for the Finals. Since we finished top of the ladder we went straight to the semi-finals playing ISE Eagles, who were looking very strong. ISE challenged us the entire game but with the strength of our blockers and the skills of our hitters, we moved onto the Finals against SSIS.  In the Finals, our middles contributed to our offense with well-placed hits and strong blocks, our setter Segdae was being tactical the whole game choosing who to set to and when. Minh Khoi was making great receives and setting up attacks.  We lost the first set, but we were able to bounce back in the second set with Min Yong’s incredible serves. We won the the set making it 1-1. It all came down to the last set, both teams tired from the previous sets making every play their best. It went all the way down to the wire unfortunately SSIS got the better of UNIS Hanoi on the day. All the boys were full of pride and exhaustion for playing such a great tournament that we will all remember till the end of our lives.

 

 

Congratulations to the boys for representing UNIS Hanoi proudly. Congratulations to Min Yong and Segdae for making the all tournament team. Thank you to all the players for their commitment and dedication on and off the court with practices, extra workouts, and Saturday open courts, while also managing school work. Thank you to our parents for allowing us to spend so much time developing our game and finally to the crowd for going along on the journey the whole season. There were ups and downs and you were always there for us. A big shout out to all the people who supported the team and dedicated their time towards this volleyball side, Coach Schneider, Coach Richard, Coach Rohan and Coach Momo. And one last special thanks  to Coach Keri who helped us improve our skills as volleyballers and as people. She has taught us the fundamentals and skills that a volleyball player needs to succeed, so from all players of the UNIS Hanoi MRISA boys team we thank you so much. You are a committed, dedicated, passionate coach who loves the sport and leads by example. We are looking forward to coming back next year and winning the title.

Who’s House?
Our House!

Who’s House?
Our House!

Phoenix on three, one, two three Phoenix!

By Segdae Lucardie and Min Yong An.

The Historic APAC Girls Soccer Team

The best performances on the field never actually start when a team steps on to the field. They start long before that moment. They start the instant that a team decides who it wants to become. For this year’s historic Varsity Girls Soccer team, that moment came two years ago. The  team was having a team meeting. They sat in a room strung with posters. Each poster had statements written on them such as, “We can compete for a championship” and “Other APAC teams take us seriously.” On each paper the players placed different colored sticky notes depending on how much they agreed with the statement. Red was for “disagree,” yellow was for “kind of disagree” and green was for “definitely agree.” The posters were full of yellow and red stickers.  Just two years earlier the team had finished playing in an APAC tournament where they not only didn’t win a game but they didn’t score a single goal. Other teams didn’t take UNIS Hanoi seriously. Why would they? UNIS Hanoi themselves didn’t think they could compete at APAC.

But in that moment, in that meeting the girls looked around the room and decided they wanted to change all that.  They no longer wanted to play in scoreless APAC tournaments where no one feared them. They wanted to compete. So they began the long hard process of reaching their goals. The girls committed to training all off season, improving their skills, mentoring younger players, watching game film, eating healthy and staying fit. During the season they continued their hard work and dedication giving up Saturdays for runs in Soc Son, evenings to study game tape, afternoons and spring break for extra practices. By April 11, when the girls arrived in Hong Kong for the APAC tournament, they were ready.

The first game was against Seoul Foreign School. UNIS Hanoi got off to a good start by playing to their strengths. They played possession style football looking for triangles and passing opportunities from the defense through the midfield. Then maintaining possession by putting relentless high pressure on the opposing defense to create scoring opportunities. UNIS Hanoi scored their first and second goals on such pressure. The first was off a cross from Natalie that Josefine raced to and struck into the goal. The second was after the strikers pressured a defender into desperately trying to clear the ball only to find Uyen racing in to head the ball into the back of the net.

The second game of the day against Hong Kong International School proved a difficult one for UNIS Hanoi.  Just before halftime, starting center back Phoebe broke her arm and Phuong the other starting center back injured her ankle. Without the heart of it’s defense UNIS Hanoi quickly found themselves down 3-0. But through pure team play and determination, they came back to score two goals one by Natalie and the other by a combined play from Irma and Ines. The game ended 3-2.

The next day UNIS Hanoi needed a win against Canadian Academy and Shanghai American School if they wanted to keep their chances of going to the championship alive. It wouldn’t be easy without their two starting center backs. Co May and Sian stepped up and took over as center backs for the day and they played magnificently. Through brilliant team defense, UNIS Hanoi held both teams scoreless and got two 1-0 wins off of scores from So Eun and Uyen.

On the final day of competition UNIS Hanoi found themselves in a position to make the final if they could get either a tie or a win in their game against Western Academy of Beijing (WAB). Phuong was now healthy enough to play. UNIS Hanoi was warned by other teams that they might get muscled off the ball.  But UNIS Hanoi would have none of that. They matched the physical toughness and speed of WAB by playing tough and fast on their own. The game got off to a scary start when WAB scored an early goal and went up 1-0. But UNIS Hanoi didn’t stop believing in themselves and just before the half, Irma found the ball on the edge of the box and shot it past the goalkeeper to tie the game at 1-1. UNIS Hanoi held strong for the next 35 minutes and pulled out the tie that they needed to guarantee their spot in the championship game.  As the final whistle blew the players swarmed the field hugging each other in recognition of what they had just accomplished. They had just become the first ever women’s team of any sport at UNIS Hanoi to make an APAC championship game.

The final pittited UNIS vs. the host school HKIS, who most teams had said was unbeatable.  But if there was one team at the tournament not afraid of HKIS, it was UNIS Hanoi. That was because UNIS Hanoi knew just how good their own team was.  The game was a hard fought, physical battle with neither team giving any balls away easily. HKIS scored off an impressive shot before halftime to go up 1-0. UNIS Hanoi played strong and physical and had their chances but ultimately was not able to score an equalizer. They lost 1-0.

In the end the UNIS Hanoi girls did not win the championship but they accomplished the goals that they set out for themselves that day two years ago. They became the team that everyone took seriously and the team proved to themselves just how much they are capable of.

Amazing job girls. You are legends.

A special congratulations to the seniors: Phoebe, Ines Vi, Irma, Phuong, Uyen and Thanh.  What a legacy you have created.

Coach Mindy and Coach Wiggins

Saturday Sports – The Evolution of Saturday Soccer

For over a decade Saturday Soccer has been a wonderfully successful programme at UNIS Hanoi, attracting hundreds of students each year. Initiated by an enthusiastic parent, the programme was created to meet the needs of the young soccer players at UNIS Hanoi and within our broader community.

However, over recent years and with a number of soccer/football academies that have begun in Hanoi these needs have changed. Therefore, we have decided to keep up with these changes and modify the programme accordingly.

After much thought and consultations with various stakeholders a decision has been made to pursue the following ‘Saturday Sports’ model:

Starting September 2019

Autumn Season

(10-week season)

Winter Season

(10-week season)

Spring Season

(10-week season)

 T-Ball/Softball

or

Futsal

 Soccer

or 

Floor Hockey

Basketball 

or

Tag Rugby

Here are the key changes you should be aware of:

  • The model above caters to a wider range of interests
  • Sports have been aligned to compliment other co-curricular programmes at UNIS Hanoi
  • 30 weeks of activity will be available instead of 20 weeks
  • The seasons will align with ASA, UMA and Community Programme dates to support family planning
  • Paid coaches will provide instruction and leadership, not volunteers
  • The Brazilian Football School will lead the Futsal and Soccer
  • The Thang Long Warriors will lead the Basketball
  • Prices will vary according to each sport
  • Saturday Sports will now come under the Community Programme umbrella
  • Registrations for the Saturday Sports Programme will take place on Veracross (details to follow)
  • We will provide sports for students up to under 11’s only

Although there will be significant changes we would like to emphasis we will be maintaining the friendly, non-competitive ethos of the programme.

The time and duration for the various groups will be as follows:

  • Under 6’s: 08:15 – 09:00 (45 minutes)
  • Under 9’s: 09:15 – 10:15 (60 minutes)
  • Under 11’s: 10:30 – 11:45 (75 minutes)

We sincerely hope you are excited about the changes made and the additional opportunities provided to our UNIS students and community as a whole.

Warm wishes,

UNIS Hanoi Co-Curricular Office

Wimbledon Themed Adult Tennis Social Tournament

Dear All,

Last year’s winners of this great fun event were Christine Olga & An Quang Hieu. Who has what it takes to win this year in UNIS’s own special Wimbledon themed Adult Tennis Event?!!!!

Wimbledon Themed Adult Tennis Social Tournament
Saturday 20 April 2019, 13:00- 16:00
UNIS Ha Noi Tennis Courts
Entry Fee: 300,000 VND (payable on or before the day)
Places are limited:   Registration Now
Wear predominantly – White Clothing (as seen at Wimbledon)
Strawberries and Cream Available as Refreshments
Adults Only
Enter individually, you will change partners throughout tournament until knockout stage
If enough interest; Dinner & Drinks to follow in evening – venue to be confirmed (Tay Ho area, at players own charge)

If you have any questions please contact Nicholas Firth  at tennisam@unishanoi.org

We look forward to your participation.

March Madness Swim Gala

What a fantastic morning on Saturday!  It was so much fun for me to watch all of our swimmers race. It was extra fun to watch the Development Squad swimmers in their first meet. All of them did really well. Some swimmers even surprised us with how fast they went and with the good technique they had. It is clear they have been paying attention to the coaches and working hard!

In the meet, our swimmers had over 400 personal best times! Our swimmers also broke 12 team records to earn a place on our record board! Record breakers included Rio Nakasuji, Flora Hamilton, Chikashi Nakano, Duc Le, Nam van der Wielen, Rory Hamilton, Jacob Biros and Gai Ogasawara!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huge thanks to all the parents who turned up to support our swimmers! We can’t run a successful meet without them! For those who haven’t yet been part of team support, we have two more meets for you!

KOTO served a really good lunch in a super efficient way. My favorite was the Banana Cotta dessert! YUM!

All in all, it was a great day for Phoenix Swim Club! Even the weather was good; not too hot and not too cold and NO lightning delays.

Enjoy the photo special here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unis-hanoi/albums/72157707865807154

Our next meet is April 20; our annual Spring Gala.

Andy Myers
Aquatics Academy Manager

Turn Up and Support UNIS Hanoi Phoenix Teams

Do not miss the important sports event coming up! Please join our UNIS Hanoi team on the days at the following locations/events and show your Phoenix spirit:

HAC JV Soccer Tournament @ ISV (Saturday, 16 March)

UNIS Hanoi Badminton Invitational (Saturday, 16 March)

Varsity Girls Soccer vs University of Science @ UNIS Hanoi (Saturday, 16 March, 9.30-11.00)

JV Girls and Boys Soccer vs CISH @ UNIS Hanoi (Monday, March 19, 16.00-17.30)

MS Spring Production: Homework Eats Dogs And Other Woeful Tales by Alan Haehnel (Friday-Saturday, 22-23 March)

March Madness Swim Gala (Saturday, 22 March, 8.00-12.00 )

HAC Varsity Soccer Cup @ SPAS (Saturday, 22 March)

Varsity Boys Soccer @ PVF U16 (Saturday, 22 March)

GO PHOENIX!

JV Boys Basketball Recap

Our season started with a bunch of freshmen and only three returning players from last year’s team, so we didn’t have much experience going into the season. After closely losing a season-opening game we realized that we had a lot to grow as a team. So we worked hard in practice and focused our efforts.

In January we had two tournaments: JV Invitational tournament and HAC tournament.

Our JV invitational tournament 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 only lost by two points against the last year’s runner up and reigning champs. This showed that we could compete with other top teams placing 3rd out of the 6 schools and finishing 3-2 at the tournament. During the HAC tournament, we showed that we have developed and improved as a team. We beat Concordia in the semi-finals but lost to Olympia by two points in the finals. Both teams that we lost to in the Hanoi League games.

Our culminating MRISA tournament put us against highly skilled and experienced teams. Other teams consisted of experienced juniors and seniors. However, we started out with two wins on the first day but unfortunately, we lost our next five games and finished 6th place. The results weren’t what we wanted;  however, all of our games were very close.

In reflection, I believe our team was special because we weren’t afraid of any team and we were always optimistic and believed that we could win. Secondly, we were resilient. We always fought back and found a way to come back regardless of the score and the time. Lastly, we were always having fun. We enjoyed every moment as a team. We enjoyed playing together and we made countless memories as a team.

As the captain of this team, I will always remember this team, this is my favorite year playing basketball because of the coach and players I’ve played with. If this core can stay together for next year then we can definitely contend for a championship.

 Jinha Hwang

Tie-Break 10’s Singles Tennis Tournament

Join the latest upcoming UNIS Tennis Academy Event!!

Where:            UNIS Hanoi Tennis Courts
When:             Saturday 23rd March 2019
Time:              1:00 pm – 4:00pm
Registration:   Closes Wednesday 20th March at 9 pm

Format currently being launched and played by professional players
Short, fast matches – first to 10 points
For ALL players, suits players who are hesitant to play singles
Register NOW! Places are limited!

Enter Now via this page NOW! Tie-Break 10’s Singles

MRISA Girls Soccer: A Journey to Victory

From the first day of the season until the end, MRISA Girls soccer team has worked extremely hard as one unit out on the field. The long lasting journey to our victory in the MRISA tournament was not an easy one; it was filled with sweat and tears that all came together in the end, resulting in a great achievement. The team traveled to Vientiane International School in Laos from the 20th of February to the 24th, and came back home with a gold medal of pride and dedication around each of our necks.

The season started off with our strong leaders; Misaki and Sophia as captains, and our coach, Coach Coleman, having our backs throughout our journey no matter what. Our team had 4 returners; the captains, Ngoc, and Caitlin, and 8 players who were new to MRISA Soccer – Abi, Beeke, Elione, Jada, Kim, Lily, Michelle, Ngoc, and Saki.

The first few practices didn’t quite meet our expectations, as we were all still new to playing in this team. As time went by and we started to improve, we grew not only as individual players but also came together as one team. With multiple repetitions of the same drills; passing and moving to space, shooting off a pass, and ball controlling footwork, our dedication towards the sport never stopped.

All those practices continued with countless numbers of sprints, burpees, lunges, and strength-agility training. The circuit workout that we included in a couple of our practices helped us immensely during games by emphasizing on endurance, flexibility, and speed. Even during school holidays, our team would encourage each other to stay in shape and exercise regularly.

On January 19th, our team participated in the Hanoi Athletic Conference (HAC) Tournament. Returning with a first place trophy, for both the girls and the boys’ team, we knew that we were ready for the challenge we were about to face; MRISA Junior Soccer tournament in Vientiane International School. We were all nervous. We were all anxious. But none of those feelings stopped the fire of determination burning inside us; because most of all, we were ready to win.

Arriving in Laos, our whole team was exhausted from the delayed flight and lack of sleep. However, we knew nothing could stop us, even the stifling atmosphere since this was part of what we had to fight against; and part of what we’ve been working towards.

Our first game started at 8:30 am, playing against the Saigon South International School (SSIS). With a very close game winning 1-0 and beautiful passing by midfielders Misaki, Sophia, Caitlin and Ngoc, we were now facing one of our biggest competition; Vientiane International School, the host school of the tournament. Seeing the signs and hearing the chants of supporters all rooting for VIS, this game might’ve been one of our toughest challenges. With our careful passes and communication that we’ve been establishing throughout the season, after two long 20 minute halves, we were able to beat the team by 1-0 after a top left corner shot by Caitlin. With a mixed emotion of relief and excitement, we were now against the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP), one of our strongest opponents. Thanks to our teamwork, Abi and Lily’s speed in the midfield to keep the ball away from our goal, and coach’s guidance, we beat them by 3-1. After a long day of playing 3 games, we were ready for whatever the second day had to bring.

We were off to a great start for day 2, winning our first game against Hanoi International School (HIS) by 2-0. This is the game when our strong defenders Michelle, Saki, Beeke, and Elione really started to blend with the offense to not only keep the ball out of our goal area, but also set up attacks on goal. After beating the ISPP-B team by 4-0 and Ngoc adding her first goal to the mix, we were now first seed after the round robin. We went into the third and final day of the tournament, undefeated.

Our opponent for the semifinals game was SSIS. We were all dripping in sweat already in the first 10 minutes, with blinding sunlight directly in our eyes. Even after the third quarter, the scoreboard showed the point of 0-0, haunting us with nervousness. Both teams were eager to advance into the finals. We had to show that UNIS Ha Noi girls wanted it more. With 2 seconds remaining in the game, our last, fading hope was now shining towards us when we got a free kick due to the handball of the other team. Each one of us praying and waiting for our hope to be turned into a reality, after the sound of the referee’s whistle, Sophia took the shot. The strong shot went right into the goal, and the buzzer telling us that the game ended was also a sign that we were now in the finals.

Right before our finals, our coach called us all for our last huddle. “I’ve never coached a team this supportive, committed, intelligent, and bring the best out of each other. I love being your coach.” With the emotional words from our coach, as we all held back our tears we screamed, “Phoenix on 3! 1, 2, 3, Phoenix!”

We were now off in the field, playing our last ever game of the season. Everything we’ve worked on throughout this season was for this moment. We were all sprinting, calling for passes, defending our goal, and just giving our best out there. With Sophia’s early shot and our great midfield plays, we were leading the game with 1-0. Thanks to our great defenders always stealing the ball and our amazing goalie, Jada, blocking every single shot in the game including a late penalty that could have sent us into golden goal overtime, being the MRISA champion was now an attainable dream. After the second half when the buzzer went on telling us the game ended, we all ran up to each other hugging and screaming, “We won! We did it! We’re the champions!”

Thanks to each one of our hard work and commitment towards the team, and most importantly, our coach’s dedication to improving us as a team, we were able to get to where we are right now. Our victory was not only represented by the gold medal, but also as a sense of achievement and teamwork.

MRISA MS Boys Football Season Wrap-Up

With four returning players from last year’s team, and seven new players,  the team quickly got to know each other, on and off the field, and developed a strong and energetic team spirit.  This positive spirit was a real highlight of the season and the cornerstone of a fantastic season which saw us come first in the Hanoi Activities Conference (HAC) and second place at the MRISA tournament held in Vientiane Laos last weekend.

During the season, they qualified for the finals day of the HAC season, where they defeated BIS, BVIS and St Paul’s American School on the way to claiming the HAC title. Special mention for Segdae, Dafydd, Aoi and Nam for superb performances.

Our MIRSA tournament was very enjoyable, we were hosted by students at Vientiane International School and players were able to renew old friendships. The relationships and connections that are created between players of different schools is very special and a very valuable part of the experience for our students.

With temperatures between 35-38 degrees celcius in Vientiane, it was hot going and hydration and cooling down were crucial parts of our preparation.  We won all 5 of our round robin games with special mention to August, Harald and Tyson for outstanding performances that showed a lot of dedication and enormous improvement during the season. UNIS Ha Noi played quality passing football and scored 22 goals and conceded 0 leading into the finals day. Nico, Julius and Aoi contributed very well to the team and also had stand out performances.

After defeating ISPP in the semi final we prepared for the final against SSIS at 15.30 in the heat of the day. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and after a scoreless game we went into Golden goal extra time. SSIS played really well and score a long range goal which ended the final immediately and we had to settle for 2nd place.  We learnt a lot from the tournament and experiences throughout the season and built a terrific camaraderie which the players should be very proud of.

Rory and Ruben were named in the tournament All Star team which was well deserved after and outstanding tournament where they showed they have a very high level of football skill and awareness.

UNIS Hanoi Met St Paul for Junior Tennis Matches

Saturday February 23 saw the latest junior tennis matches played between St Paul’s school and UNIS Ha Noi.

We were just about beating the wet weather and thanks to our operations staff assistance the tennis courts were playable. In 2 hours of play over 30 matches were completed with UNIS Hanoi winning more than 80% of the matches. Well done to the Middle and High school students involved.

There will be another event similar to this one in March so we look forward to that.

JV Girls Basketball Finish Epic Season

The JV Girls Basketball team capped off a very successful 2018-19 season at the MRISA Senior Basketball Tournament hosted by SSIS last week. The tournament was a culmination of months of hard work.

Eleven grade 9 and 10 athletes were selected for the team way back in November and they had to quickly mesh together as local league competition started immediately after the season began. The heart and soul of the team was held together by our Super Sophomores; Caitlyn F., So Eun K., and Thao D. Caitlyn and So Eun served as co-captains for the team.

A group of athletic grade 9’s filled out the rest of the team and they hit the ground running – quickly racking up 7 straight wins all before Winter break against local opponents. The Phoenix averaged 25.6 ppg while holding their opponents to just 12.3 ppg. Our offensive fire power came from So Eun who led the team with 8.6 ppg and silky smooth Frosh Mia K. was not far behind with 8.4 ppg.

Vicky M., Lieke V. and Annabel N. were major contributors on both sides of the floor providing the team with the necessary height and athleticism to give our team the best chance to win! Mai An N., Audrey H., Didi B. and Anne Marie C., filled out the rest of our guards and despite all being new to the sport, they made huge strides of improvement with each practice and game!

The season highlight most definitely came from our championship performance at the JV Asia-Pacific Invitational hosted at UNIS Hanoi in January. Our Phoenicians went undefeated in tournament play beating very competitive teams from ISKL, CDIHK, ISHMC, and RIS. This was the first time in the tournament’s history that the JV girls team brought home the championship!

The next big date on the calendar was the HAC tournament hosted by SPAS. With the league title already secured our top-seeded girls felt confident coming into the one-day win or go home event. The team cruised into the final game, but met a tough Concordia team that came to play and was by no means intimidated by UNIS’s season resume. CIS handed us our first loss of the season which was very much a learning experience that we took to heart heading into our final challenge of the year in Saigon.

The team knew MRISA was going to be an uphill battle as we faced off against strong U19 teams. We got out to a hot start on Thursday winning both games and went into day 2 with confidence. However, the second day was much more challenging as we faced the three dominant teams in the tournament and couldn’t find a way to win.

With our top scorer, So Eun, out with an ankle injury, we knew we needed an inspired performance for day three. As the 4th seed, we made good work against the 5 seed which earned us the honor of playing the undefeated no. 1 seed ISPP. That team proved to be too much for us and a lopsided loss set us up for our next challenge; the 3/4th game against VIS. The girls played up to the competition fighting every second on the court. Ultimately the team lost by one but left the court with their heads held very high.

Caitlyn represented UNIS Hanoi as our MVP and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Congratulations on an awesome season!