AOSR wins five-set thriller in boys final
Bahrain's Abraham Kayal spikes the ball past the Marymount defense Saturday during pool play in the 2012 Mediterranean Volleyball Championships at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Bahrain won the match 25-21, 27-25, but Marymount qualified to play in the final.
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy – When it comes to rivalries, there’s nothing like teams that share the same town. Or in this case, the capital of Italy.
American Overseas School of Rome capped a perfect boys volleyball season by winning the Mediterranean Volleyball Championships on Saturday. But its 17-25, 25-23, 26-24, 23-25, 15-13 victory over Marymount International couldn’t have been much closer.
“Both teams stepped it up and it went back-and-forth,” said tournament director Mark Fix, the assistant coach for Aviano.
AOSR went 10-0 during the American Schools in Italy League season and didn’t lose in seven round-robin matches on Friday and Saturday.
Alessandro Elia, Santiago Martinez and Aram Hudson were named to the All-Tournament team, as were Marymount’s Ziyad Nour, David De Carle and Giorgio Musilli.
Incirlik took third in another close match, edging Vicenza 27-25, 25-23. The Hodjas’ finish was “the best showing they’ve ever made,” Fix said.
Alessandro Elia, Santiago Martinez, Aram Hudson, AOSR; Tamer Long, Incirlik; Ziyad Nour, David De Carle, Giorgio Musilli, Marymount; Zach Erskine, Aviano
Elia, Andrea Masciotta, AOSR; Austin Bain, Naples; De Carle, Nour, Marymount; Erskine, Aviano; Derrick Schaefer, Will Pagan, Vicenza
Hudson, Martinez, AOSR; Jeremy Owens, Matthew O’Brien, Aviano; John Abdourahman, Marymount; Samual Murdock, Naples