In this team’s first 5-set match, the 1st VI were unable to secure the victory against the Scots College at their home court. By far the toughest team Trinity has come against yet, the score went back and forth throughout the entirety of the match. A combination of strong serves and a low ceiling led to many lost points as our passes were too high and hit the roof. This contributed to the increasing nerves of the players as this strange environment was filled with the opposing team’s supporters, cheering at the masses.
The only way to keep the Trinity momentum within this game was by winning points convincingly. Patrick Mansfield (12Ke) carried the match through the middle, swinging his hardest to secure as many points as possible. This lifted the team’s weakened morale, allowing other players to step up and to be confident in their attacks.
Another morale booster in this long match was Martin Wong (12Ta). Although dealing with recurring shoulder issues, Martin remained a team player and provided the Trinity offensive with the support it needed.
Despite losing the first set, the 1sts came back strongly to take the next two sets. This showed the team’s resilience and hunger to fight for a win. However, this momentum was lost in the fourth set and the 1sts found themselves trying to catch up in points.
Our hitters were only able to swing hard because of our setting capabilities. Josh Munter (11Hi) and Keagan Tran (12WH) worked tirelessly to ensure that every hitter had the option to place a ball confidently on the other side of the court.
Even though the Trinity 1sts were unable to obtain the victory against the Scots College, we are in a good position to win our next match, at home, against Sydney Boys High. Winning this next match would allow us to remain in contention for GPS Premiers, an achievement that not every Trinity team is able to have.
Steven Yarad (12Mu) | 1sts VI Captain