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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.
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. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
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.
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. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
American Overseas School of Rome's Colin Cook tries to hit the ball past the block of Vicenza's Derrick Schaefer during pool play Saturday morning in the 2012 Mediterranean Volleyball Championships at Aviano Air Base, Italy. AOSR stayed unbeaten on the year with a 25-17, 22-25, 15-12 victory and advanced to the championship game.
American Overseas School of Rome's Colin Cook tries to hit the ball past the block of Vicenza's Derrick Schaefer during pool play Saturday morning in the 2012 Mediterranean Volleyball Championships at Aviano Air Base, Italy. AOSR stayed unbeaten on the year with a 25-17, 22-25, 15-12 victory and advanced to the championship game. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
American Overseas School of Rome's Justin Tuimavana tries to get the ball past the Vicenza duo of Nicolo Novek, left, and Anthony Guerra during pool play Saturday morning at the 2012 Mediterranean Volleyball Championships at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
American Overseas School of Rome's Justin Tuimavana tries to get the ball past the Vicenza duo of Nicolo Novek, left, and Anthony Guerra during pool play Saturday morning at the 2012 Mediterranean Volleyball Championships at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Aviano's Matthew O'Brien dinks the ball over the net Saturday in pool play at the 2012 Mediterranean Volleyball Championships. The Saints fell to Ankara 16-25, 29-27, 15-9.
Aviano's Matthew O'Brien dinks the ball over the net Saturday in pool play at the 2012 Mediterranean Volleyball Championships. The Saints fell to Ankara 16-25, 29-27, 15-9. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

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.

All-TournamentAlessandro Elia, Santiago Martinez, Aram Hudson, AOSR; Tamer Long, Incirlik; Ziyad Nour, David De Carle, Giorgio Musilli, Marymount; Zach Erskine, Aviano

All RegionElia, Andrea Masciotta, AOSR; Austin Bain, Naples; De Carle, Nour, Marymount; Erskine, Aviano; Derrick Schaefer, Will Pagan, VicenzaHonorable MentionHudson, Martinez, AOSR; Jeremy Owens, Matthew O’Brien, Aviano; John Abdourahman, Marymount; Samual Murdock, Naples

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