Girls’ U-16 SAIKAC Volleyball Tournament
The second game saw the team pitted against American School of Riyadh, and morale was high after their comeback performance against Yanbu. The improvement continued in this match despite losing to the eventual winners. The JPGS team pushed the American School all the way, eventually losing 25-18, 25-20.
The third game was against AISJ and again the girls lost both sets, but pushed their opponents to the wire and eventually lost 25-23, 25-22. After a number of brave efforts, disappointment was starting to set in; but the girls raised their game and were up for the challenge of playing against BISJ. In the first set everything JPGS did worked and we won the first set 25-20. The team defended, blocked and covered the court as if their life depended on it. So as they went into the 2nd set brimming with confidence. BISJ upped their game in this set coming out on top by a score of 25-16, taking the game into a deciding set. Unfortunately, BISJ won it 15-12. The first day was over but there was still everything to play on day two.
At the start of the day the girls looked and sounded relaxed and ready for the challenge ahead. The first game of the day and the final group game was against the eventual finalists: Kaust. The performance mirrored the first set against BISJ the previous day but JPGS lost both sets 25-22, 25-22. The tournament was not over, it just meant the potential pathway to the final would be harder and the quarter-final game was to be played against Yanbu. The girls were a little nervous before this game due to their loss previous day, but the nerves settle following the first serve and even though the girls lost Yanbu were petrified of the fight and determination JPGS showed. The games finished 25-22 and 25-23, but the girls gave everything. The girls also lost their last game 25-22, 25-22 against BISJ to finish 6th in the tournament.
The girls were a credit to the school, themselves, their parents and their coaches. They showed tremendous guts and determination and should be congratulated on being such great ambassadors for the school.