Volleyball vs Saint Aloysius’
Trinity defeated Saint Aloysius’ 3-0 (25-15, 25-5, 25-16)
The first game back after a long holiday saw the nine-man team get back to their usual form, with some great moments from Steven Yarad (11Mu) – who looks as if he has never left – displaying his quality in hitting over blocks with sharp downward angles. An arm-sleeved, head-banded David Gabriel (12Hi), also displayed his competence stringing together multiple aces consistently all game. Joel Matthei (12La), also hit extremely well, finding the floor through impossible angles.
The second set saw Trinity truly stamp their dominance, with many serving streaks from an energetic superstar in Martin Wong (11Ta). Will Blanchfield (12Ho) also kept the boys alive with a consistent cover of the block and 3-point passes to our setters. The set also saw Alex Saba (11WJ) make his 2021 debut in some strong hitting down the line and off the block.
The Third set also saw Trinity cement their winning streak with Edward Feng (12Yo) and Oscar Van-Hal (12Mu) finding the most perfect connection, leaving the opposition blockers bamboozled and in awe of what had just happened. James Kern (12WJ) also starred, with his energetic hydration strategies inspired from his newly-found subject of PDHPE.
Overall, the boys played their strong system-based volleyball, which showed again the prowess of Mr Simos, whom we are all hoping and praying can make a very speedy return to the program.
Benjamin Powell (12Ho) | 1st VI Captain
Trinity 2nd VI defeated St Aloysius’ 3-0 (25-4, 25-10, 25-6)
Last Saturday was the commencement of the summer season for Trinity Volleyball, and the 2nd VI were eager to get on the court to play a proper match again after a long holiday mostly spent indoors. Yet, despite our break from volleyball, the Trinity 2nd VI showed no signs of rustiness in their skills.
The first set began with Trinity creating a large point gap, due to Josh Munter’s (10Hi) unyielding and relentless serves, increasing the team morale. From there, Trinity was able to further increase the gap thanks to impenetrable blocking from Patrick Mansfield (11Ke). Furthermore, the team’s solid defence allowed us to keep the ball in play and win the first set.
The second set began in a sluggish manner, with communication and team morale down, allowing the St Aloysius’ side to score some points off their serves. However, after an incredibly hard and accurate spike from Michael Park (11Yo), the team was hyped up and started to take over St Aloysius’. Our offensive power was assisted by Eric Mihas (11La) who provided perfect sets leading to many powerful spikes. Tyrone Ponggun (11WH) also displayed his solid passing skills which led to Trinity taking the second set with a comfortable lead.
In the last set, the Trinity side played the best it had all game. The defence, led by Keshav Baldeo (11He), made it hard for St Aloysius’ to make any easy points. Blake Plavsic (12WH) was a dominant hitter on the net, nailing countless balls onto the other side of the court, and David Tsai (11Ho) hit a massive spike from the backcourt. Thus, through our combined efforts and seamless teamwork, Trinity won the third set and the game.
All in all, Trinity played really well despite not having played a game over the holidays. This is mainly due to our co-operation and ability to persevere after making mistakes, which will be a strong trait of this team throughout the remainder of this season.
Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain
Trinity Defeated St Aloysius’ (25-12, 25-13, 25-15)
The thirds had an amazing start to the year with an excellent game, winning all sets with few mistakes. The best set was the first set, with the 3rds dominating with dependable spikes and serves from Sam Thanopoulos (12Hi) and Jeremy Chia (11WH), who won a majority of the points. Matthew Warrilow (10Yo) also got good serves even though he was injured. Farhan Tamboli (11Ar) hustled and got to the ball which encouraged everyone to play more seriously and win faster.
The second and third sets were only a few points off the first set with everyone playing their hardest. Serving played a big role in winning the game in general. We had some good rallies with our team winning most of them because our libero Oscar Shen (10Yo) took charge and screamed to get the ball up.
I am really happy with the outcome of this weekend and if this our first game is any indication, then the rest of the season will be great fun and I look forward to seeing everyone improve more.
Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rd VI Captain
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