Volleyball vs Sydney Boys High School
Trinity was defeated by Sydney Boys High 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-18)
This week marked the toughest game for the Trinity Firsts as their fixture was to be against their toughest opponent of Sydney Boys High. The first set began slowly for our side, however Josh Munter (10Hi) displayed an over-experienced serving performance, pulling out multiple aces throughout the set. Steven Yarad (11Mu) also had a great swing and combined with the great defensive efforts of Oscar Van Hal (12Mu) the boys sought to further their building momentum. Despite the passing exceptionality and high spirits from Joel Matthei (12La) also, the opposition proved too dominant in the first set, taking it comfortably.
With the drive to comeback, the squad looked with eagerness to take out the second set. Serving specialist, Keagan Tran (11WH) vitally pulled out multiple ace serves, building a strong early lead for the team to capitalize on. Blake Plavsic (12WH), unofficially known as Trinity’s 5th setter also got many crucial touches in the block, shutting down the opposition middle, further establishing the boys’ high momentum. Samuel Vickery (12WJ) further built upon this momentum with more swings than a playground, as he hit with dominance throughout the set.
Martin Wong (11Ta) opened the set with a bigger roof than the renewal project, as he blocked the opposition with a rigid force. David Gabriel (12Hi) was also instrumental throughout the game with a life-on-the-line attitude showing no efforts for self-preservation. Edward Feng (12Yo), showing great desire, also blocked with determination, keeping the ball alive and preventing it from touching the ground. Finally, the galloping stallion of Alex Saba (11WJ) blocked and swung with ferocity, giving Trinity a great opportunity to win the set. However, the boys went down putting in a great effort, unlucky not to win a set.
Ben Powell (12Ho) | 1st VI Captain
Trinity 2nd VI defeated by Sydney Boys High 1-3 (25-13, 23-25, 24-26, 23-25)
Last week, the Trinity 2nd VI played an extremely tough game against reigning GPS premiers Sydney Boys High School. This was the penultimate game of the season and the one game that the team has been working towards every single training session. Yet despite all our efforts, the team came up just short of becoming undefeated GPS premiers this season.
The first set began with Trinity taking a very early lead due to excellent setting and serving from Eric Mihas (11La).From then on, Trinity had the momentum and we continued to ride this wave, with Keshav Baldeo (11He) keeping our hopes alive and the ball in play. Jim O’Brien (12WJ) was able to capitalise on the team’s defence and score several points down the middle. Thus, Trinity took the first set with ease.
The start of the second set was relatively even, with both teams scoring back and forth. Unfortunately, due to some unforced errors from the Trinity side and strong offence from Sydney Boys High, we were down by ten points. This point difference was daunting to the team, especially after we had smashed the opposing team in the first set. However, our team was able to keep their cool, with Tyrone Ponggun (11WH) showing his stability and reliability as a player, keeping the ball in play, serving and spiking well. Jonathan Resissis (10WJ) was able to keep the team’s hopes up by spiking the ball hard and being a loud presence on the court. Even though Trinity had some outstanding performances, Sydney Boys High were able to take the second set away from us in a close battle.
The third set began in a similar fashion to the last, with High taking an early lead. Despite this, Trinity was still able to keep their cool as they knew they had come back from worst positions before. David Tsai (11Ho) became a dominant force that could rarely be stopped by the opposing team, as he scored many points in this set. Excellent offence paired with strong defence from Michael Park (11Yo) closed the gap as we went into a deuce towards the end of the set. However, some lucky calls allowed High to take the third set in what was probably the best set the team has ever played.
Finally, in the fourth set, potentially the last set of the game, the team knew we had to step up our game if we were to bring this to a fifth set. The set started strong with Josh Munter (10Hi) serving accurately, causing the opposing team to go out of system and allowing us to score several easy points, giving us the lead. Trinity was able to keep pushing through as we saw Patrick Mansfield (11Ke), playing his best game to date, smash the ball into the court multiple times and also forced many errors from the other team with his intimidating blocking. However, in the last points of the game, Trinity’s stamina was running low, which allowed High to gain momentum and eventually win the set.
Even though this loss may have cost us the GPS premiership, it was still the best game the team has ever played. We didn’t give up until the very end and gave the defending premiers a run for their money. Next week, the 2nd VI will look to bounce back from this loss and attempt to take the CAS premiership.
Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain
Trinity was defeated by Sydney Boys (15-25, 23-25, 15-25)
The thirds played away at Sydney Boys High and suffered an interesting loss where we didn’t win, but still had lots of fun and enjoyed ourselves.
The first set started with the opponent killing us with their serving but thankfully Farhan Tamboli (11Ar) who helped fill out as our libero, got the ball up for a clean execution by Tom Geronikos (11Hi) and his wipes off of the blocks.
We did much better in the second set with Jason Wang (10Ar) playing as a sub from the U16s, and we see him delivering some top-notch floaters which kept us on High’s tail. Jeremy Chia (11WH) performed wise actions, picking who gets the ball and working it out, and also swung at some points.
Anthony Le (11He) and his unnatural strength brought many points from his serving and a massive hit from outside. Our middle Matt De Belle (11Sc) got in some massive blocks that we did not see coming and neither did the opponent.
We did come home defeated but the boys gave it everything and came out fairly satisfied with our performance.
Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rds VI Captain
Trinity were defeated by Sydney Boys 3-0 (18-25, 23-25, 7-10)
Last Saturday Trinity faced Sydney Boys, who are renowned for their volleyball ability from their Firsts team all the way to their Year 7 cohort. Naturally, we were determined to win this game.
We started strong playing a remarkable set. Jason Wang (10Ar) had an amazing serving streak that caused the opposition to need a time out. Our defence was outstanding, especially when Shivam Wadhera (10Ke) completely shut down a middle attack with a great block. After this, we had a 7-point lead. However, we were unable to maintain it with the opposition fighting back strong.
The second set, much like the first, began with a serving streak from Gabriel Simoes Peixeiro (10Sc). Consistent setting from Tom Powell (10Ho) followed by impeccable hitting from Zachariah Nguyen (10Ta) gave us the early lead. Again, they caught up and it was tight until the end of the set. Xavier Hatcher (10Ke) played as our defensive anchor, always being there for the cover when we got blocked, and supporting us from the back lines. Unfortunately, again we couldn’t close the set. In the final set, Trinity continued playing strongly but the set was cut short due to the time limit on the game.
This game against High was easily our best game yet. We worked amazingly as a team, played well against a tough opponent and applied everything we practiced at training. Now that we have finished playing the GPS teams, our sights are set on the CAS Premiership.
Kyle Tran (10WH) | U16As Captain
Trinity Lost to Sydney Boys High 2-1 (22-25, 25-23, 12-15)
This Saturday’s game against Sydney Boys was one that the whole team had been extremely excited for all season. Sydney Boys is known as being an outstanding team and this made our team super excited to be playing against them.
The first set was as usual slow to start, but some good communication and leadership effort from Jet Lin (9We) and Liam Sandilant (10Hi) allowed the team to keep spirits high although having quite a large negative point margin, ultimately losing the set.
The second set saw our team really start to step up, deciding that they really wanted to have a chane at winning. Some great serving, passing, and just all-round exception from Max Lau (9Ar) and Matthew Warrilow (10Yo) allowed us keep the set very tight, although the Sydney Boys team was just too strong for us and they took the second set to confirm their win.
With the third and final set being played nonetheless, Trinity decided that they had nothing to lose and decided to give this game their true all, making the match an exciting one to watch, with all players keeping position and playing exceptionally. Special shoutout to Evan Tong (10Fo) for some astonishing passing and hitting, securing the team many points, and finally amazing setting as always from Mitchell Reid Queeney (9Ar) allowed us to take the final set with quite a high margin.
This game was a great game from the team even though it resulted in a loss and made our team realise that when we worked correctly together, we could have a chance at being possibly one of the strongest teams in the comp. Hopefully we can go on to win next week and keep us in the running for the rest of the season.
Noah Blomfield (10Fo) | 16Bs Captain
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