March 2019 First International Schools Volleyball Tournament

On Tuesday 19th March 2019, Oakley College hosted the first KS4 & 5 volleyball tournament at the University of Las Palmas (Tafira Campus).

Oakley competed against the British, Canterbury & German schools in matches which were up to 25 points.

KS5 put forward a boys team and a girls team and so too did KS4, which is a very good turnout.

Our KS5 boys team, captained by Girish N. took part against British School & Canterbury and were beaten by no more than 4 points in each game, which was admirable considering there was a lack of volleyball experience in the side. Canterbury went on to win at this age group.

Our KS4 girls team won their opening match convincingly against the German School, due to a strong service game from captain Itziar S. and Adriana M. They were then narrowly beaten by the British School & Canterbury in their next two fixtures and unfortunately finished third in their group, with the top two teams going through which were Canterbury & British – Canterbury ran out convincing winners of the tournament in the end.

Oakley College’s KS4 boys team swept aside all before them in the group stages and went through to the final against the German School. Bruno S. was proving powerful at the net and the technique of Ismael A. was proving hard for other teams to compete against. They were eventually beaten by the German School by a score of 25-21 in the final but performed really well throughout the day.

Oakley College’s KS5 girls team came away with medals and a trophy after triumphing over the British School. Each girl performed admirably and were very modest in victory as well as showing respect by shaking hands with those who they had beaten. Silvia M. was superb at the net and the nice touches from the rest of the team worked well with the power of Miriam A.

All in all the tournament was a great success. Our KS3 students came to spectate and made a fantastic atmosphere. Our GCSE and A-Level students officiated the event superbly. And finally the students who took part were a credit to themselves, their families and our school. We look forward to the next event.

Mr Liam

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