This weekend, the varsity volleyball team competed in the Annual ZIS Invitational. Despite missing some of the key players due to ACT testing, sickness and school trips, the ZIS Lions managed to pull out their first win of the season.
This tournament started quiet early, with warm up starting at 8 am, however this did not faze us in the least. The whole team was incredibly eager to play some great Volleyball.
Our first game was against ISZL in which after strong first set from the lions (25-12), ISZL came back fighting and were able to win the second set (25-23). However, the lions were not about to give up that easy and managed to win the last set (11-9), securing their first point on the board.
With a mere 2 minutes between our first hour game and our second, the Lions – due to not having any subs- we’re unbelievably tired, which showed in the game play. During the first set the lions managed to keep up with ISL, although they pulling through in the end and winning (25-22). Since the emotions were down of the team, we had a bad loss to ISL in the second set and therefore didn’t gain any points.
Finally, with rest beforehand, the Lions came roaring into their third and final pool game of the day against Leysin. Two players, out of their ACT testing, joined the team and spirits were high once again. We were ready to put everything we had onto the court with the goal of beat the strong team of Leysin. A win against Leysin would ensure us a spot in the finals. Although Leysin came out strong in their first set, the Lions were not ready to give up and pulled through with a win of (22-15). In the second set of the game, Leysin could not keep up with the momentum leading to a (25-14) win for ZIS.
Due to the outstanding results achieved by the Lions throughout the day, the Lions made it into the finals in which we played Basel. However, we knew this would not be an easy task. Judging on their playing performance of the day, we knew there would be some fierce competition. However, this did not intimidate but rather motivated us to play even better. Each of the three sets were filled with high intensity volleyball and plenty of team work. Our hard work and strategy was shown in the results as we won the game against Basel and thus the invitational!
Special shout outs go to Frederika Sommer (’19) for setting up amazing opportunities to all the hitters on the court. Furthermore to Natalie Rombel (’17), for her amazing leadership throughout the tournament and showing the new team members what the team is really about.
Written by Sarah Felicity Black (’18)
Photograph by Sarah Felicity Black (’18)