Cayman International School competed in their first CAISSA tournament as a full member school!
The CIS boys and girls volleyball teams traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to compete in the Season 1 CAISSA tournament hosted by Carol Morgan School last week. 10 boys and 10 girls tested themselves against schools from Venezuela, Trinidad, and the Dominican Republic over the three day tournament.
Our teams performed well throughout. The girls finished third after losing in the semi-final to the International School of Port of Spain (Trinidad). Our girls showed grit in bouncing back from their semi-final loss by defeating Escuela Campo Alegre (Venezuela) in the third place match. This is an improvement from our fourth place showing in last year's tournament. It is clear that the continued development of our program is leading to increased success on the court.
Our boys team, the first boys team ever from CIS, demonstrated tremendous growth over the course of the tournament. Having finished the group stage in fourth place, our boys knocked off the fifth seed before meeting the #1 seed (International School of Port of Spain) in the semi-final. The boys won an epic first set against ISPS, the eventual champions, that ended 27-25. Unfortunately, our boys were unable to stifle the team from Trinidad. They ended the tournament with a loss in the third place match against the host, Carol Morgan School. That being said, the greatest victory for our boys was their being awarded the Sportsmanship Award. This award is voted on by players and coaches and selects the team that shows the best overall sportsmanship and teamwork over the course of the tournament.
In addition to gameplay, our student athletes enjoyed having the opportunity to meet their peers from other schools in the region. They battled on the court but spent time together having fun once the matches finished. All in all, this was a great experience for all of our student-athletes and coaches.