Bearcats Sweep Gold! ISM Boys Defeat SAS; ISB Boys Edge ISKL for 3rd; TAS Girls take bronze over SAS.
On February 2-4, International School of Kuala Lumpur hosted the IASAS Tennis Championships. Some matches were be streamed on livestream.com/iskl. You can rewatch all the action on the on-demand archives from ISKL’s main channel, ISKL2 or ISKL3.:
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And here are the team pictures!
We’ll be adding to team photo galleries throughout the weekend. Please visit the photos from:
Jakarta International School
International School of Bangkok
Singapore American School
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Taipei American School
International School of Manila
Championship Saturday: Bearcats Sweep Gold!
It will be sweet memories of the 2012 IASAS Tennis tournament for the champion ISM Bearcats. They sweep the Boys and Girls Gold medals. Behind the strong play of #1 All-Tournament Singles, Jasmin Tan-Ho, the Girl Bearcats rolled to victory over ISB in the finals. In a rematch of the top two #2 singles players, Tan-Ho kept the family history of greatness alive by clinching gold in a victory over ISB’s Nutt Salirathavibhaga. ISB Girls settle for Silver.
With only success to build on, ISM will be hosting the 2013 IASAS Tennis championships, and anyone wanting to displace the champions will have their work cut out for them as this young and very talented team will relish their gold medals and begin dreaming of back-to-back golds when the host the tournament in a years time. Final Girls Standings:
Championship Saturday: ISM Boys Defeat SAS for Gold! ISB edges ISKL for Bronze
The magical run of the ISM Bearcats was like the smell of sweet revenge on Saturday afternoon at the Jalan Duta Tennis Complex in Kuala Lumpur. Just one day previously, SAS knocked off ISM in the round robin to set up a rematch for the finals. In dramatic victories, it was an incredible championship for ISM. Stefan Kingsley started things off with a #3 Singles victory to put SAS up 1-0. Then the #2 Doubles match turned out to be one for the ages. The Bearcats will be remembering the grit and determination of Matthew Sicat & Emmanuel Bengzon as the managed, somehow, someway, to find a way to defeat Spencer Koh & Cillian Leow from SAS. Spencer and Cillian earned All-Tournament honors with an undefeated round robin, and SAS’ 8-4 victory on Friday was decisive in putting the Eagles in the finals. The teams traded breaks throughout the beginning of the match, and entered the end of play tied 6-6 after ISM held serve to tie it. Matthew Sicat & Emmanuel Bengzon managed to break serve and Matt had the chance to serve the match.
What would unfold was a game that Matt summed up as, “I think that was the longest tennis game I’ve ever played.” After falling behind 0-40, Matthew somehow managed to find a way to level it at Deuce by saving 3 break points, any one of which would have sent the game to a tiebreaker. Over the course of the epic game, there were a total of 7 break points that were avoided by ISM. Emmanuel Bengzon, known as Mata, said, “I just kept telling Matt, just believe. Just believe.” Somehow the Bearcats did believe, overcoming 4 double faults in that game alone. They missed two match points before the third was a charm, and when victory FINALLY came, the Bearcat fans erupted in enthusiasm, knowing they had evened the score 1-1 in a game the could not afford to lose.
With undefeated all tournament player, and Junior Davis Cup candidate, Joachim Samson still to play, ISM knew they needed one of the remaining matches. It would come in the next one – as #2 Singles Daniel Um had all he could handle against SAS’ Thierry Bouchard. Neither could break serve until 6-6, when the players somehow managed to break either other to set up a tiebreaker. After getting the first point to go up 1-0, it all fell apart for Bouchard. The next 7 points went to Daniel Um, and an ecstatic ISM team celebrated an 8-7 (7-1) victory to go up 2-1.
Any drama was quickly settled by freshman phenom, Joachim Samson. The Bearcat star took over center court and played against #1 Single, Sasha Kingsley. Sasha managed to hold serve for his first two games to keep it even at 2-2, but the over 100 mph serves by Samson and the 80 mph forehands often left Sasha applauding on his racket, and soon the gap widened. It was an amazing display of tennis and sportsmanship as Samson jumped out to a 5-2 victory before finishing 8-3 and claiming gold for the Bearcats.
The close matches continued with the #1 Doubles. In another incredible rematch, the James Lunsford & Hanson Cho from SAS fought every point against Lewis (Trey) Flowers & Gonzalo (Gino) Roque IV. SAS managed to emerge victorious in a great 8-7 (8-6) match that had players diving all over the floor and lunching for impossible saves. What a performance in the finals to end the tournament for the Boys!
For the Bronze medal match, ISB and ISKL fought an even match that could have gone either way, but the Panthers from Bangkok defeated the Panthers from Kuala Lumpur 3-2. Midori Fujitani, from ISB, managed to come back from 1-4 against Rayan Heerjee to earn an 8-7 victory. That coupled with the other single performances of Mike Der Hartog over Jayden Alcock (8-2) set up the #1 Singles match to settle it all. This was since ISKL’s Martito Warjanto & Justin Yap dispensed of Phillip Kim & Ryota Nishimaki 8-3 and ISKL’s Arvin Simba & Wilem Boterman saved their best for last with a convincing 8-1 victory over Laurence Neale & Alex Taubert.
It was close, but Jack Melhorn made sure the Panthers would take medals back to Bangkok on their return flight with an 8-6 victory over ISKL’s Dylan Alcock. ISKL just missed out on a place in the finals; now they just miss out on bronze in a hard-fought tournament full of great performances and incredible efforts.
Congratulations to all the players on an exciting and amazing tournament! Here are the final Boys Standings for 2012 IASAS Tennis:
Championship Saturday: TAS Girls edge SAS for Bronze; ISM v ISB in Finals
TAS faced off against SAS in early action before ISM and ISB battled in the nightcap, the final match of the thrilling, but exhausting tournament. With incredible humidity and plenty of heat, it was a demonstration of incredible athletic fitness for the all the tennis competitors. TAS won 4-1 to take the Bronze. One of the highlights of the tournament, though, came from SAS’ amazing #2 Singles, Margaret-Anne Smith. She held true to form, defeating Annie OuYang 8-0. Through 6 matches, her 8-0, 8-0, 8-0, 8-0, 8-1, 8-0, 8-0 scoreline will likely be remembered for ages as one of the great IASAS Tennis performances. In her morning match, she only gave up 2 points throughout the entire match as consistency and fundamentals and hussle were on display for every point. It was truly unbelievable.
But for Eagles fans, it was one of the few bright spots as TAS pulled out some exciting victories to ensure victory. Down 0-5, #2 Doubles, Erica Chen & Pooja Mukund pulled out an amazing comeback to defeat Nattasja Suri & Amy Yuan in the tiebreaker. And in the battle of the Stephanie/y’s Stephany Yang from TAS managed to overcome Stephanie Slaven in a rematch of Friday evening’s epic match. Up two breaks and serving at 5-2, Ms. Yang might have felt deja vu all over again when Ms. Slaven managed a break to get back in the game. But Ms. Yang recovered in an incredible demonstration of hard hitting baseline players slugging it to each other. Ms Yang’s victory helped seal the Bronze for TAS, with #1 Doubles Stephanie Pang & Joyce Yu pulling off an exciting victory over Sonia Parekh & Paola Hoffer.
Saturday Morning: ISB Girls edge TAS; books place in finals v Undefeated ISM
Saturday morning saw lots of exciting action from the Jalan Duta Tennis club for 2012 IASAS Tennis. ISB vs. TAS and ISM vs. SAS meant that for each team it was really a must win to find a place in the finals. ISM had a very close match against SAS. #1 All-tournament winner, Jasmin Tan-Ho routed Stephanie Slaven 8-0, and SAS had an equally lopsided scoreline for #2 girls as Margaret Anne Smith completed a perfect run through round-robin play.
The difference was the closely contested #2 Doubles where ISM’s Sarina Samson & Dili Aeschliman edged SAS’ Nattasja Suri & Amy Yuan in an 8-7 tiebreaker. A 3-2 victory by ISM completed an undefeated run, and they will face ISB in the finals.
ISB’s victory over TAS was equally dramatic, as SAS’ loss opened the possibility of a 3 way tie of 3-2 teams to battle through tiebreaking mathematical models in order to see who could face ISM.
But it was not to be as ISB managed a 3-2 win. It came down to the final #1 Doubles match, with Yui Saotome & Nana Inayama from ISB holding off one match point and earning an 8-7 (7-3) victory over TAS Stephanie Pang & Joyce Yu.
JIS and ISKL are facing off in a de-facto 5th place game. And the consolation finals later will have TAS vs. SAS. SAS won a dramatic 3-2 victory late Friday night, but it will be game-on as they battle for 3rd. Following that, the 1st place battle between ISB and ISM will crown a champion.
Saturday Morning: SAS, ISM, ISKL all finish 4-1. ISKL loses out on tiebreaker.
The Boys round robin finished early Saturday. All three of the favorites cruised to victories in the morning matches. ISKL routed TAS 5-0, ISM was leading ISB 4-0 with only the #2 Doubles still to report. SAS defeated JIS 4-1 only falling in the #2 Singles. So the tiebreak scenarios from yesterday should hold true, and ISKL will rue the missed opportunity of at least closing the gap in their match against ISM. Their 1-4 loss to ISM should be the difference that keeps them out of a final, as well as the fact that SAS managed to beat ISM late Friday evening. As all the other head-to-head matches of the tied teams were 3-2, it should be ISKL v. ISB for 3rd and SAS & ISM for the championship later Saturday.
Day#2 Ends: SAS upsets ISM in Boys 3-2; Both can clinch rematch for finals; ISKL on outside looking in.
When most of the participants had cleared out after a long, rain-delayed day in the KL Tennis complex, high drama resulted in an SAS upset over previously undefeated ISM. The Bearcats entered the match in great shape, having only lost 1 of 15 previous matches. But they were quickly put on their backs when the Eagles won the #2 and #1 Doubles by identical 8-4 scores. It came down the single matches. When the #3 single match went final with a dramatic 8-6 victory by Stefan Kingsley from SAS, the fate of the Bearcats was sealed. Eagles Spencer Koh & Cillian Leow are undefeated in the #2 Doubles and a victory over JIS tomorrow morning will clinch all-Tournament Honors. James Lunsford & Hanson Cho for the #1 Doubles defeated ISM’s Lewis (Trey) Flowers & Gonzalo (Gino) Roque IV, and now will face JIS’ #2 Doubles for a chance at All-Tournament Honors. With all three pairs at 3-1, tomorrow morning will be crucial.
ISKL will woe the tiebreaker rules if the results remain. ISM, SAS and ISKL all have 3-1 wins with ISKL having defeated SAS, ISM defeating ISKL and SAS knocking off ISM. With 6 match loses between the three tied teams. , ISKL loses out, and ISM and SAS will clinch places in the finals if ISM can defeat 2-2 ISB Saturday morning and SAS can defeat 0-4 JIS. Truly every match matters, and tomorrow will bring more pressure as ISKL will be hoping for an upset on the other side of the draw, while they try to take care of business against 1-3 TAS.
ISB is assured of at least a spot in the consolation finals, and will have a shot at 3rd place against whichever of the three teams does not make the finals.
Saturday morning will also provide some exciting drama for All-Tournament. ISB’s Jack Melhorn and ISM’s Joachim Samson are both undefeated, and tomorrow morning’s draw will result in the incredible IASAS honor of All-Tournament for #1 Singles. It should be a big match between hard hitting servers and strong return players as both hope to bring their best efforts.
In the #2 Singles, Daniel Um from ISM can clinch All-Tournament with a win tomorrow, as he finishes the first two days with a 4-0 record.
For the #3 Singles, it may come down to games lost as Stefan Kingsley from SAS, Jayden Alcock from ISKL, and Mike der Hartog from ISB all have 3-1 records. If all can win their matches against other opponents tomorrow, it looks like Mike der Hartog could take away all-Tournament by the slimmest of margins. In the matches between the three, he has a one game advantage for the tiebreaker over Jayden Alcock of ISKL (15 games won; 10 games lost vs. 14 games won; 10 games lost).
Day#2 Ends: Chaos Reigns on Girls Side; ISM in Lead, but SAS, ISB, TAS all have shots at the finals.
It was a dramatic day of tennis for the Girls’ side of the bracket with lots of action. About the only thing that is settled after a long Friday was that JIS and ISKL will face off for 5th & 6th place in their morning match.
In a topsy-turvy day, after ISM shocked TAS in morning play, they cruised to victory over ISKL to enter Saturday at 4-0. But thanks to SAS’s dramatic victory over TAS, an ISM loss against SAS tomorrow morning could knock ISM out of the finals thanks to the uncertainty of a tiebreaker. In short:
- ISM Girls at 4-0 can clinch a place in the finals with a victory over 3-1 SAS
with a loss by 3-1 ISB
with a loss AND a win by ISB AND being top 2 in a 3 way tiebreaker of 4-1 teams.
- SAS Girls can clinch a place in the finals with a victory over ISM
with a loss AND a 2-2 TAS win AND by winning a 3 way tiebreaker between 3-2 teams.
- ISB Girls can clinch a place in the finals with a victory over TAS AND a ISM victory over SAS
with a victory over TAS AND a SAS win over ISM AND winning a 3 way tiebreaker between 4-1 teams.
- TAS can clinch a place in the finals with a win AND an ISM win AND winning a 3 way tiebreaker between 3-2 teams.
Confused? You bet! Don’t agree? Add comments at the bottom to help sort out the possibilities! In any regard, it’s going to be intense, exciting day of tennis on Saturday! After the chaos of the morning settles, the afternoon finals will continue to provide lots of intensity, incredible victories and horrible heartbreaks.
In just one example of a host of exciting matches, Stephanie Slaven battled Stephany Yang in a #1 Singles match that can only be described as epic. After starting outdoors, the pair moved inside as a result of the rain. Billed the battle of the Stephanie(y)’s, it was filled with lots of long rallies from the baseline with the two hard-hitting #1 Singles turning a match into a marathon. Battling back from 0-3 and 2-5 deficits, Ms. Slaven managed to earn a hard fought victory in a match that provided lots of cheering from both teams.
Building on that intensity, there will be lots of enthusiasm continuing into Saturday. All-Tournament honors is just one part of the puzzle. In #1 Singles, ISM’s Jasmin Tan-Ho is 4-0 entering tomorrow’s matches. SAS’ Margaret Anne Smith is also undefeated in #2 Singles, and Annie Mao from TAS can clinch all tournament for #3 Singles with a victory. But a loss against 3-1 Tarini Arte will open the door for Tarini and 3-1 Lianne Admopoulos from SAS.
In Doubles, both ISM pairings of Joy Yuen & Stephanie Guest and Sarina Samson & Dili Aeschliman will take their undefeated 4-0 records against SAS Doubles teams.
Lots of excitement in store for Saturday. Be sure to tune in from ISKL’s live broadcasts.
* It should be noted that there is a glitch in the Final Friday Results. #2 Singles Annie OuYang (TAS) defeated Jimmi Terry (JIS), 8-1 but the results are currently not populating correctly. This will only matter if a 3 way tiebreaker is necessary for figuring out 2nd, 3rd and 4th seeds. We will try to update and correct the results for Saturday.
Friday morning: ISM Bearcats in magical run.
Friday morning had the tennis complex abuzz with action and energy as the ISM Bearcats showed some amazing resilience and great tennis as both the girls and boys prevailed over previously undefeated foes. On the girls’ side of the bracket, TAS had not dropped a match in their first 10, but it was a close 2-2 final going into the #1 Doubles match between Joy Yuen & Stephanie Guest (ISM) and Stephanie Pang & Joyce Yu (ISB). Pressure was on both squads as the winner would claim the team victory and would come one step closer to claiming the top seed in the tournament. TAS raced to a 7-3 lead and looked to have the match in control before Joy & Stephanie had a comeback for the ages. Breaking their opponents twice, they came back to tie the score at 7-7 and then dominated in the tiebreaker earning a 8-7 (8-3) victory.
On the Boys side of the bracket, the Bearcats finally dropped their first match, but at 14-1, they are still dominating the tournament. Against previously undefeated ISKL, the Bearcats took the #1 and #2 singles matches, and both double matches were closely contested. With Jayden Alcock defeating Javier Rara in the #3 Singles, it was the only blemish for the Bearcats in a 4-1 victory over the host Panthers.
With afternoon action still to come – and lots of action on the final day (Saturday), tennis will continue to be a big part of the talk.
Day #1 Ends: ISM Boys Class of Tournament; Face Undefeated ISKL next.
Thursday came to a close at the end of Day #1 with ISM Boy Bearcats cruising to an undefeated start in all areas of the tournament. In the first ten matches, ISM Boys are undefeated, and only two opponents have gotten more than 4 games in the first to 8 single set matches. With a perfect 80 games won, opponents are only averaging 3.2 games against the might Bearcats. Having dispensed with JIS and TAS, next up is are the undefeated hosts. ISKL matches ISM’s 2-0 record in the first day, but it was close 3-2 victories against both ISB and SAS. It has been the magic of the two pairings for the host Panthers as the #1 Doubles, Arvin Simba & Wilem Boterman won both their matches, and the #2 Single player, Rayan Heerjee is also undefeated, as he seeks to best his brother’s record of being all tournament as both a junior and senior. Rayan, only a sophomore, has his work cut out for him as Friday morning he will face off against Daniel Um, ISM’s #2 in what will likely give the victor the All-Tournament honors for the #2 Singles.
The Singles will tip off on Friday morning at 8:30 between the undefeated rivals, with the Doubles happening simultaneously on the outdoor court.
Finishing off the bracket after Day #1, ISB holds the #3 position with a narrow 3-2 victory over SAS who falls in 4th. TAS & JIS are both winless, with only 22 ten-thousands of a place separating their win-loss ratio. But they will settle that battle on the court when they face off. Both will be looking to score an upset to get back into medal contention.
Day #1 Ends: TAS Girls dominating; ISM keeps pace and is next.
At the end of the first Day, TAS had a perfect record with undefeated ISM lurking next. Taipei rolled to a perfect 10-0 record as they dismantled JIS and then ISKL. ISM had a slightly tougher time, but is also undefeated. The Bearcat girls edged ISB 3-2 before defeating JIS 5-0. Friday morning will bring lots of action from the indoor stadium as these two titans will battle for an inside track at the top seed. Though there is a lot more tournament action to come, it is clear that Friday morning’s showdown could be a precursor of the finals.
ISB edged SAS 3-2 to currently hold the third seed, but there is a lot more tennis to be played. And trying to scrape their way into the medal round will be the host Panthers and JIS. Neither have been able to win a match. If neither the Dragons nor the Panthers are able to break through on Friday, their Saturday morning matches will be a de-facto playoff for 5th place.
A busy day comes to a close with lots of action still to come.
Thursday Afternoon: ISKL Boys, ISM Boys Undefeated.
Thursday was a big day for the host ISKL Panthers and the ISM Boys, both of whom earned hard-fought victories in their Thursday matches. As of 5 pm, The Bearcats of ISM are the class of the tournament on the Boys side. With a 5-0 victory over JIS in the morning, and a 4-0 lead over TAS in the afternoon, ISM is looking very strong on the first day of play. Matthew Sicat & Emmanuel Bengzon, playing in the #2 Doubles won 8-3 in their morning match and 8-4 against TAS in the afternoon. In the singles draws, #2 Daniel Um and #3 Javier Rara are on their way to try and achieve all-tournament status with wins in their first two matches. With 9 matches under the belt, the Bearcats have yet to feel defeat.
After a tough morning victory over ISB (see update below), the ISKL Panthers again eeked out a 3-2 victory, this time over SAS. The Panthers proved a bit more than the Eagles could handle. With a 3-2 victory, ISKL will have a showdown with ISM Friday morning as the victor will hold the inside path for gold, or at least a place in the finals. But with less than half the matches finished, it will be a tough finish. Please click on the Results above to get the latest scores. Also tune into www.livestream.com/iskl for live broadcast and highlights.
Thursday Afternoon: TAS, ISM, SAS Girls Start Strong on Day #1.
With lots of Girls’ action still to take place, TAS, ISM and SAS were off to good start on Day #1. After sweeping JIS in morning action (see below), the Annies of #2 and #3 singles, Annie OuYang and Annie Mao swept their ISKL opponents. Between the two Annies, they’ve only dropped one game out of 4 total matches. It’s still possible ISKL could rally down 0-2 against Taipei, but given the convincing start for the day, it is not likely.
ISM also started strong with a close victory over ISB. ISM won both double matches behind #2 Doubles, Sarina Samson & Dili Aeschliman and #1 Doubles, Joy Yuen & Stephanie Guest, but dropped the #2 and #3 Single matches as ISB’s Nancy Pakdivong defeated Regina Rovira 8-5 and ISB’s Tarini Arte defeated Laetitia Herold 8-3. But all doubt was swept away when the Bearcats #1 Single, Jasmin Tan-Ho, won a convincing 8-1 victory.
Leaping to a 2-0 lead against JIS behind the victories of Sarina Samson & Dili Aeschliman (#2 Doubles) and Laetitia Herold (#3 Singles), ISM is well on its way to entering the second day of action undefeated.
We’ll continue to provide updates as the action progresses.
Thursday Morning: SAS Girls, TAS Girls roll in early action.
In early action SAS routed ISKL in the girls part of the draw while TAS rolled over Jakarta. Singapore Eagles came to play as Stephanie Slaven and Margaret Anne Smith dominated in identical 8-0 victories in #1 and #2 singles. The 5-0 sweep was closely contested in the #2 Doubles match when Nattasja Suri & Amy Yuan defeated ISKL’s Riho Yuura & Alara Saygi in a dramatic 8-7 match that was only settled in the tiebreaker. In the other two matches, #3 singles, Lianne Admopoulos from SAS defeated ISKL’s Anne Chua 8-3.
Taipei also won in convincing fashion against JIS. The #1 Doubles, #2 and #3 single players all won by 8-1 or 8-0 score lines. The closest thing to drama was in the #2 Doubles as TAS’ Erica Chen & Pooja Mukund defeated Anchal Vasandani & Allegia Wirjawan 8-6. As of this post, the #1 singles match had not completed, but Taipei secured a victory with victories in the first 4 matches.
ISM and ISB were more evenly matched with ISB winning the two singles matches and ISM taking the doubles with two matches still to play. The girls will move indoors for most of their afternoon matches. Follow all the action on ISKL’s broadcast channel.
Thursday Morning: ISKL Boys edge ISB Boys, SAS takes down TAS to start the tournament.
Thursday morning, the host ISKL Panthers got off to a great start in Boys’ Tennis. ISKL edged ISB 3-2 in Boys action with the doubles teams taking the lead by winning both matches 8-4. In the #1 doubles match, Arvin Simba & Wilem Boterman jumped up two breaks against Laurence Neale & Alex Taubert from ISB. Laurence and Alex fought back a break and had triple break point in a chance to even the match. Somehow Arvin managed 5 straight points to escape that hole, and the Panthers never looked back, winning 8-4.
ISKL’s Martito Warjanto & Justin Yap also pulled away to an 8-4 victory over Phillip Kim & Ryota Nishimaki. Tito and Justin dominated on the serve, never even facing a break point. ISB’s #2 doubles struggled time and time again to hold serve, and were broken twice in what was the difference in the match. Simultaneously, on court #B, ISKL’s Jayden Alcock lost a heartbreaker to Mike der Hartog as each held serve until Jayden needed a game to force a tiebreaker at 6-7. Mike was able to break serve and earn a 8-6 victory.
In the #2 Singles, Rayan Heerjee coasted to a 8-2 victory as his brother cheered him on from Georgia, who watched the livestream broadcast.
SAS also managed some dramatic wins against TAS in later action. Both Doubles teams pulled away at the end, with the #1 pair of James Lunsford & Hanson Cho getting a late break to seal the deal against a heartbroken Dennis Chang & Darren Hou. Both teams held serve until the final 3 games, when three breaks settled the match.
In the marathon match of the morning, the #3 singles was a roller coaster of emotions and long rallies as neither opponent wanted to make a mistake. Stefan Kingsley won a 8-7 (7-4) victory. After giving up a 5-2 lead, he fought off four match points and two must-win games to force a tiebreaker. He then rolled from down 3-4 to the final 5 points over a hard-working Rohan Sinha.