Al’s Team: Yr 9/10 Boys
Todays first game was our last pool A game. We got off to a flying start with a combination of great, tough, tactical, serving and beautiful passing in backcourt. We took the first set 25-11, second set 25-17 and the third 25-11.With great intensity and pressure it put us in a unique position to rest our number one setter and have bit of fun in a short fourth set before the hooter went off. This victory secured our place in pool M and the top 8.
Our second game was our first in our top 8 pool, pool M. Coming up against a solid team from a reputable school in Brighton(SA), the boys went into their shells and mentally took themselves out of the game before the game began, losing the first two sets 25-17,25-15. With the pressure of winning off their shoulders the boys lightened up and took it to the opposition with our trademark tough serving and great scramble defense to win the set, it was highlighted with 6 aces. Thus restoring belief in the boys that any team is beatable.
The outcome of the week is still in our control going into two tough games on Wednesday against quality opposition.
The behavior and attitude of the boys on and off the court has been nothing short of exemplary with the only hiccup being one lost room key.
One highlight from today was in the third set of our first game this morning, when big Jeffery got a big six-pack(ball to the face of the opposition) to win a point.
Our first set of our first game got off to a good start with good tough serving, then eased out the rest of the set to win 25-16. Second set our nerves kicked in and errors found their way into the game but we fought hard for 23-25 loss. The third set started slowly for us and we ended up being down 9-11, before a spirited come back through, once again, tough serving and ended up taking the third set 15-13.
In our second game we won our first set through more good serving and pressure at the net. The second set was much the same with excellent scramble defense! The 3rd set however was less inspirational as we knew we had one and intensity dropped, resulting in us losing this set. A good lesson learnt early in the week. – Coach Al