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Volleyball Jets wrap up the season with a strong finals run

DIS varsity falls short against KISJ in their last game of the tournament
Aiden Chae
Ethan Rossmeisl (number 5) soars into the air to slam the volleyball. Great placement from Dylan Wang makes it easier for Ethan to take a point for the Jets.

The DIS boys volleyball team flew to Jeju for the Korean International School Activities Conference (KISAC) at St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju (SJAJ) from Nov. 16th to Nov. 18th. Six schools from mainland Korea and Jeju island came together to compete: Fayston Preparatory School (FPS), Busan Foreign School (BFS), North London Collegiate School Jeju (NLCS), St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju (SJAJ), Korean International School Jeju (KISJ), and Daegu International School (DIS). Varsity finished second place with a tough loss in the finals and JV finished in fourth.

The first day proved mediocre for the Jets. The varsity squad underperformed in their first match against SJAJ. Bad passes led to failed attacks and DIS floundered to get into rhythm. Additionally, the absence of outside starter Juan Cortez (number 24) due to an ankle injury left great holes in the defense and offense. The boys lost the game 2-1 due to an under-performance as a whole. 

With little rest, the varsity boys jumped into a duel against NLCS. DIS took the first set with ease. However, their defense held them back again; the shaky serve receives eventually resulted in a second set loss. Nevertheless, they bounced back in the hard-fought third set with a final score of 15-13. 

The varsity squad faced FPS in their third game of the round-robin tournament. They beat the Eagles with ease, 2-0, just as they previously did in the Busan Invitationals.

For the final match of the day, DIS went up against the all-dominant KISJ Dragons. The Dragons crashed the Jets. The back row’s failure to receive properly left DIS unable to fire back at KISJ. The road to win it all seemed more difficult than the varsity boys originally thought. 

Even with the great loss, the boys held their heads high into the second day of the tournament. In fact, they displayed intense motivation to win every single game. With the recovery of their missing ace, Juan Cortez returned, and the Jets looked stronger than ever.

In the last round robin match, the Jets went against the BFS Sharks. Although DIS started off shaky, they quickly got back into rhythm to take the easy win against BFS, 2-0. 

The varsity squad entered the semi-finals as the third seed. They faced the SJAJ Hilltoppers once again, this time with a full roster. DIS dominated SJAJ in the first set. With complete and perfect blocks, the Jets shut down the Hilltoppers’ offense. Along with the blocks, the boys exhibited much more refined receives than the previous day. The Hilltoppers appeared more focused in the second set, but DIS proved too strong and secured a spot in the finals with a 2-0 win.

Next up: the big shebang. Everyone cleared out the center of the gym for the two last standing teams: the DIS Jets and the KISJ Dragons. The Dragons had not lost a single match yet in the tournament and looked undefeatable. However, DIS started aggressively. Ethan Rossmeisl (number 5) showed phenomenal defense as he dug up multiple powerful spikes from the rival ace. The players kept up their energy the entire set as they led by 3 points towards the end. DIS looked to take the first set against the Dragons, but ultimately fell short. Due to bad calls and mistakes, the Jets blew their 3 point lead and lost the first set. 

The Jets shook off the loss and went back into the second set with an improved mindset. KISJ floated powerful serves and led the first half of the match by an overwhelming margin. Setter Dylan Wang (number 1) refused to give up and tied the game from the service line. The Dragons fired harder at the Jets defense. Because of a few defensive mistakes and failed attack opportunities, DIS lost the final set 25-20. 

“I could feel myself getting excited to play in the finals. DIS seemed to be a strong team, which made me even more excited. I can remember that I was enjoying all moments of the game, even when we gave DIS points,”said  KISJ outside hitter and all tournament team medalist, Soomin Seong (number 88). 

In addition to their second place medal, junior outside hitter Ethan Rossmeisl (number 5) and senior setter Dylan Wang (number 1) received all tournament medals. 

“Number 5 had strong hits, probably the best hitter in DIS plus decent defense. He said he’s a Junior so I’m sure that he’ll do great next year, even better than this year. Also the setter was good. His setting form was not smooth but always set the ball where he needed to and made the hitters hit the ball,” said the KISJ ace, Seong. 

Although the boys faltered to KISJ, the Jets showed their best performance of the entire season. Even with a bittersweet loss, the varsity boys returned home proud of what they achieved as a team and thanked coach Bergan for everything he sacrificed for the season. 

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About the Contributors
Ethan Rossmeisl
Ethan Rossmeisl, Sports Editor
From Varsity Basketball star to a Model United Nations delegate, Ethan Rossmeisl committed himself as an active member of the DIS community for a decade. His love of athletics makes him a perfect fit for reporting DIS Sports as a new writer for the Jets Flyover. With his wide range of talents, Ethan dominates all grounds. His leadership positions as Chess club president and all-star medalist in KISAC have taught him invaluable lessons on dedication and he hopes to bring this determination and hard-working attitude to his writing.

Nadia Woo
Nadia Woo, Writer
Nadia Woo, a senior at DIS, decides to wrap up her high school career with a final hoorah. The title of Jets Flyover staff writer adds to her legacy. She derives inspiration from a wide variety of her life experiences and hobbies, from live concerts to cozy video games. She delights in meeting people from diverse perspectives across the world and always surges at the chance to overcome her own ignorance. After years of longing for an outlet to express herself, she finally bursts onto the scene, vowing to leave no leaf unturned in her quest to bring people together exploiting the art of journalism.

Ava Cho
Ava Cho, Photographer / Designer
Ava, a senior at Daegu International School, loved art and design ever since childhood. She moved to DIS in 9th grade because she decided to study art abroad. In her free time, she loves going to galleries and taking pictures of the city and nature. Music is her biggest inspiration for her art. Due to her interest in art and design, she will take her place as an editor for the yearbook. Ava is looking forward to showing her passion as an illustrator for the Jets Flyover.   

Tiffany Lee
Tiffany Lee, Photographer / Designer
Tiffany, an avid illustrator and photographer, returns to journalism for her second year of designing the yearbook. In college, she plans to pursue a major in the STEM field. In her free time, she binge-watches Netflix series and spends quality time with her loved ones. As the president of the Illusion Dance Team, Tiffany leads the squad to perform for the Jets. She hopes to bring this cheer to the Jets Flyover as well.

Aiden Chae
Aiden Chae, Photographer / Designer
Aiden Chae, a senior at DIS, pursues his enthusiasm for photography as a second year member of the Jets Flyover. At fifteen, his interest in business motivated him to create a successful startup that earned him honorable recognition. He wishes to use his skills to demonstrate a range of narratives and publish his photos in the yearbook and newspaper.
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    SolaDec 15, 2023 at 9:59 am

    Let’s go jets!!!!!!! Super proud of you all 🙂

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    TonyDec 14, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    Let’s go jets! It looks so cool!

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    Min KimDec 14, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    After I saw this article, I want to play volleyball now. Also I want to go to SKAC and KISAC right now. Congrats!

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    DanielDec 14, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    Great job! Impressive work everybody!! I wish I had gone to watch the game. The pictures looks very nice!

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    ChristinaDec 14, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    I wish our middle school volleyball team wins like high volleyball team too!

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    Elly Hyuna SongDec 14, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    It looks so fun!! I hope middle school volleyball can win like high school!!

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    HonglimDec 14, 2023 at 6:25 pm

    Great job jets!