KUWAIT CITY, May 17: The ISACK Boys Volleyball season began in ominous fashion with a dust storm forcing school closures and postponing the opening fixtures. For the KES U-19 boys, this meant their season began the following week at local rivals BSK. A rusty, error -ridden performance and some strong defensive play from BSK saw the hosts prevail 2-0. KES finally got their season on track with strong, winning performances at FSIS and NES – last year’s winners.
Home victories against ESF and TEA saw the KES team secure a home semi-final tie against NES. In the semi-final, strong, attacking hitting from Stefan Radulov and David Abi-Hanna and a dominant net performance from Alvin Bertz saw KES to a comfortable 2-0 win and a berth in the final. Incredibly, for the ninth, consecutive year. The KES boys chose the final to put on their best display of the season in completely outplaying BSK. At one stage, specialist setter, Aziz Al Kayat served fifteen consecutive points. But it was once again the net dominance of Stefan Radulov, David Abi-Hanna and Alvin Bertz who saw KES through to a well deserved 2-0 victory.
After the game, team captain Abi-Hanna described the performance as “easily our best ever”! Winning the ISACK Volleyball was a great achievement, against KES’ sporting arch rivals BSK. But this was the culmination of a whole year of sport for these boys, and a whole year of being champions! The Under 19 boys were the champions of Basketball, Football, Table Tennis and finally Volleyball. This is a remarkable achievement, and one that has not happened in the history of ISACK. Wyeth was very, very pleased; “It has been a great year for these boys and the coaches of these teams. We won everything, I cannot ask for more from the players, coaches and support staff of these teams. Amid high competition for places, there were a few boys who played in all four teams as well as swam for the school team at the galas. Not to mention the fact that we won the Under 19 BSME Basketball Tournament back in Term 1. This has been an exceptional year for sport at KES. Thanks to Quinn, Hardy, Barry and Reid for their leadership and all the other members of staff who helped out along the way. It really is a great team of people to work with, not to mention the students who put in the hard yards to achieve these goals. Some of the boys are leaving KES after many years at the school to start the next chapter in their lives. We all wish them the best for the future, academically, in their careers and of course, in their next sporting challenges. It has been a pleasure to be a part of this team.”