During our volleyball tournament this year at Rabat American School, both our girls and boys demonstrated great teamwork, spirit, hard work and their love of the sport.
The preparation that took place in the course of these last few months was intense; it required commitment from both the players and the coaches. This also couldn’t have been done without Mr Cronin and his management and constant support. Thank you to Mr Thomas as well, for his leadership and encouragement throughout the entire tournament.
The MASAC tournament brings together 7 teams:
- American Cooperative School of Tunis
- American Academy in Casablanca
- Rabat American School
- Casablanca American School
- American School of Tangier
- George Washington Academy
- American School of Marrakesh
Both our teams displayed serious behavior and discipline. Our boys team dominated the court - they were tenacious, driven, and always focused on accomplishing their goal. I am very proud to see how far they have come as individual players, but as a team as well, managing to bring in the 1st place trophy for the third year in a row.
Every player contributed to this success, however, only four could be awarded the Most Valuable Player award at the tournament. This year, it went to the four pillars: Youssef Ben Saad, Youssef Shehadah, Adam Grossenbacher, and Amine Ladjimi. Other young players should be recognized for their amazing work as well. Paul, for example, was one of the newcomers this year, but his skills developed quickly and he became a crucial part of the team. Our girls weren’t as lucky in terms of ranking, but they still had great technical ability and tried their best. They fought hard and demonstrated grit in every game. The MVP was awarded to one of the seniors, who has been playing exceptionally well in her years on the team: Oyku Sulu. Credits go to Coach Karima and Coach Sonya for their work with the girls - your dedication and hard work is appreciated
Since many members of both teams will no longer be with us next year, we have to look to the future. We encourage every young and talented athlete to join and help us rebuild the teams for years to come. Remember that every great player once started not knowing anything about volleyball, so don’t be afraid to try!