Incirlik sweeps Ankara Sports Association tournament

The all-tournament teams from last weekend's Ankara Sports Association volleyball tournament. Back row, from left: David Catchings (Incirlik) standing in for brother Jonathan; OASIS’s Nate Frye (OASIS), tournament MVP Tamer Long (Incirlik), Josh Land (OASIS), and Kaan Kandemir (BLIS). Not pictured: Mehmet Kunter Uz (BLIS) and Turan Kerimbay (Ankara). Front row, from left: Jordan Blumberg (OASIS), Bahar Dumlu (BLIS), Ellie Thurston (BLIS), Kayleigh Gerlach (Incirlik), Carmen Colon (Incirlik), Grace Kim (OASIS), and tournament MVP Allyn Anderson (Incirlik).

More  than 100 student-athletes from four schools visited Ankara, Turkey last weekend for the annual Ankara Sports Association volleyball tournament.

The ASA, coordinated by Ankara Elementary/High School, OASIS International School and the Pakistani Embassy International Study Group, has organized volleyball, basketball and soccer tournaments for the last seven years.

Incirlik, a regular invitee to ASA tournaments, took over this one with victories on both the boys and girls sides.

For the girls, the victorious Hodjas defeated second-place Bilkent Laboratory and International School 25-17, 23-25, 25-18 for the title. The Incirlik boys beat second-place OASIS 25-14, 25-19 en route to the championship.

ASA’s next planned event will be its basketball tournament, slated to host up to 20 teams in January or February of 2014.

Ankara and Incirlik play each other Oct. 19 ahead of both teams’ entry into the DODDS-Europe championships starting Oct. 31 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

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