Trinity defeated Newington 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-15)
The set began in a rough patch as the boys saw themselves down by five without scoring a point. This was until Samuel Vickery (12WJ) hit the ball with a great deal of power, finding great angles in between the block. Steven Yarad (11Mu) also found his form, ironically with his control of the back court making himself to be the first middle-blocker with defensive potential. Further, Joel Matthei (12La) swung well, hitting high and with a contagious optimism, yet to be matched on the court.
After a strong fightback in the first set, the boys looked to continue their winning form and cement their position in the game. James Kern (12WJ) played with a tenacious omnipresence, picking up anything that came his way. Martin Wong (11Ta), in the process of receiving flight restrictions when jumping, also dominated on the court with some sharp angled swings finding the floor as well as the pickup of his life. Alex Saba (11WJ) also played incredibly well with some positive looking swings from setter, Oscar Van-Hal (12Mu) who was more consistent than the sun rising.
The final set saw the boys look to close out the lead that they had established. With more drop than a pothole, David Gabriel (12Hi) started the set with elite serving, giving Trinity a crucial victory in the early stages. Blake Plavsic (12WH) was also a standout, hitting left and right off and around the opposition blockers. Finally, Edward Feng’s (12Yo) expert tipping was on display, proving too much for the other team and instrumental in the closing out of the set.
Ben Powell (12Ho) | 1sts VI Captain
Trinity 2nd VI defeated Newington 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-13)
Last week, the Trinity 2nd VI played against a tall and athletic Newington side at home, and despite a major injury, we were still able to prevail and come away victorious.
The first set began with Trinity taking a very early lead. This was where Josh Munter (10Hi) showed his all-round volleyball skills, serving several aces, setting up our spikers with many accurate sets, and also contributing defensively with his hustle. Trinity’s offence in the first set was led by Michael Park (11Yo),who stepped up and played with finesse, sometimes hitting over the Newington block, and sometimes wiping off the block to score many points. Trinity’s energy and communication also allowed us to work together as a unit, turning defence into offence, allowing us to take the first set.
The second set had a similar vibe to the first set. Trinity’s defence was on point and was led by libero Keshav Baldeo (11He) who was able to keep the ball in the play, which helped our setter Eric Mihas (11La) set up our spikers to keep Newington under ten points. Jonathan Reissis (10WJ) kept the energy alive with his endless enthusiasm and intense spikes. Tyrone Ponggun (11WH) showed his beach volleyball experience as he remained a reliable and extremely consistent player both on offence and defence.
The third set, in contrast to the other two sets, was a slow start for Trinity. Many unforced errors allowed Newington to take an early lead. However, as the set progressed, Trinity’s middle blockers began dominating on the net. Jim O’Brien (12WJ) managed to put the ball in difficult places for Newington, disrupting their system and letting Trinity capitalise, leading to many points. Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) who had an amazing game, unleashed in the third set, smashing several spikes onto the ground, and also blocking many of Newington’s spikes.
Overall, Trinity had a great game on the weekend. Now we have to prepare for two extremely tough games ahead against Scots, the winners of the State All Schools Cup, and Sydney Boys High, the defending Cas/GPS premiers.
Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain
Trinity defeated by Newington (25-13, 17-25, 12-15)
This weekend the Trinity boys played another very eventful game. The game was played out to the best of our abilities at this time.
In the first set, we started the game so strongly. Sam Thanopoulos (12Hi) woke up the team with his consistent hitting and positive enthusiasm. Farhan Tamboli (11Ar) didn’t get his usual serving streak but did perform really well when it came to receiving and hustling to the ball.
The second set was carried with some great serving and hitting from Tom Geronikos (11Hi) that brought the points coming. We saw Jeremy Chia (11WH) get some well-driven serves in the back, also seeing him chase after the ball wherever it went and setting it to the best of his capabilities.
We saw some great offence in the third set with Matthew De Belle (11Sc) hitting some impressive plays that seemed impossible. We cannot forget Anthony Le (11He) and Andy Lee (12Fo) hitting some crazy hits that were faster than you can blink.
We did lose this weekend, but we also had this time to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses that we can work on within our future training and games.
Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rds VI Captain
Trinity lose to Newington 1-2 (20-25, 22-25, 15-8)
Last weekend the 16As played an offensively strong Newington side that really tested our defensive capabilities.
In the first set, we started by being were overwhelmed with the power of both their serves and their spiking. Down by roughly 10 points, we found our composure and built up our defence. This was largely due to Zach Nguyen’s (10Ta) impeccable blocking. Although we achieved a comeback through high team morale and intensely focused playing, we were unable win the set.
In the second set, we carried over our high team morale from the first set with Max Lusty (10Sc) keeping us engaged and hyped. This gave us a 13-4 lead. However, we were unable to maintain this lead with the pressure from the powerful Newington serves, and lost the set with a tight finish.
In the final set, we continued playing strong despite losing the first two sets. The determination was visible through Shivam Wadhera’s (10Ke) and Gabriel Simoes Peixeiro’s (10Sc) hitting.
We will certainly work hard during this week’s training and focus on perfecting our fundamentals before we face a formidable opponent in Scots next weekend.
Kyle Tran (10WH) | 16As Captain
Trinity beat Newington 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 15-6)
This weekend’s fixture against Newington showed our real strength, with the 16Bs stepping up their game to a whole new level. With no substitutes on the bench, players such as Jet Lin (9We) and Liam Sandilant (10Hi) stepped up into positions that they had not played before, keeping the team together in key moments.
The first set was a strong set for the team, with amazing serving being showcased by the whole team. The key standouts here were Max Lau (9Ar) and Evan Tong (10Fo), who served long streaks of unbroken serving, winning the team the first set comfortably.
The second set saw the team yet again work together very well with strong communication and structure, allowing Jet Lin (9We) to show off his skill as a passer, leading the team into a comfortable win in the second set, securing Trinity the win.
The third and final set was only a half set as we had already won the game. Mitchell Reid-Queeney (9Ar) was able to continue his strong serving and setting, allowing us to take down the third set as well comfortably.
This game was definitely the 16Bs strongest yet, and hopefully we can continue this new winning streak for the rest of the season.
Noah Blomfield (10Fo) | 16Bs Captain
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