This match marked the very first Friday night game for the 1st VI, an experience these students will never forget as this team played against a strong opponent and a loud crowd. Although the Trinity side came away with the win, the Knox side came very close to etching their own name onto the CAS Volleyball Shield.
The Trinity side managed to take the first and second set quite convincingly through stable gameplay. However, the third set saw the Knox crowd raise their intensity for their chants, throwing off the Trinity side. The Knox side managed to seal a large lead over Trinity at the beginning of the set, and this determined the outcome of the set. The Trinity side, not willing to lose the set, managed to fight back in the closing points of the third set, forcing the Knox side to use their timeouts to slow Trinity down. This fight for the set unfortunately didn’t play out as Knox maintained their lead, taking the set.
The outcome of the third set didn’t bring down team morale as the set only showed that we can fight back after an entire set of being held down. As the fourth set began, the Knox side came out swinging. Their intensity showed their ‘do or die’ attitude to winning the game and was something that the Trinity side hadn’t seen in the CAS competition before. Unfortunately, the fourth set began like the third, with Knox securing a large lead. At one point, Trinity was down by six points, during the second half of the set. However, this moment saw the attacking side of the first VI kicking up the intensity. The attacking line up, led by middle blocker Patrick Mansfield (12Ke) continually provided pressure to the Knox defence. Additionally, Martin Wong (12Ta) was a reliable hitting opportunity for the entirety of the match and remained so during the last points of the fourth set. As the fourth set was closing, the Trinity side found its way on top, with Knox trailing behind. The Trinity lead in the fourth set was secured to win the match when an overpass was drilled into the back right of the Knox side by Patrick.
After being down by six points half way through the fourth set, the Trinity 1sts won by five points, a great comeback. Knox was a formidable opponent in this match, displaying their best team, forcing the Trinity side to push harder in moments of stress and anxiety. With just one game to go until the end of the season for the 1st VI, the Trinity side will have to beat Cranbrook next Saturday in order to take the CAS Shield and be named Undefeated CAS Premiers.