St Hilda’s overcome Shuqun to win National B Division Volleyball Championship

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Story and Pictures by Red Crew volunteer Ng Cheng Cong

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This is what the win meant to them. (Photo 1 © Ng Cheng Cong/Red Sports)

Toa Payoh Sports Hall, Friday, April 11, 2008 – St Hilda's Secondary claimed the championship title once again after beating Shuqun Secondary 3-1 in the National B Division Boys Volleyball Championship Final.

Toa Payoh Sports hall was filled to the brim as volleyball fanatics gathered to cheer on their favourite team in the final. The atmosphere was just great! The last time these two teams met, Shuqun had beaten St. Hilda’s in a National Championship quarter-final encounter. St. Hilda’s in turn had beaten Shuqun in the 2007 National U-16 Volleyball Championship final and so there was little to separate the two teams. St. Hilda’s had to beat group X champions Catholic High in the semi-final to set up this match against Shuqun.

Shuqun and St Hilda's both started the first set strongly with both not wanting to lose any advantage in the game. However Shuqun looked more composed and made less unforced errors to take home the first set.

The second set was an intense affair as both teams kept it close. Late into the second match, the two teams were tied 28-28, moving together to 30-30. Finally, with the thunderous spikes from St Hilda's, they finally broke through to take the second set 32-30 to even the score up at 1-1.

Shuqun looked disappointed as they gathered for their team talk. Into the third set, St Hilda's seemed to have one more extra player on the court as their school supporters cheered at the top of their lungs. The players performed particularly well, sending down shock waves of attacks that shook Shuqun’s defense. It was no surprise that St Hilda’s wrapped up the third set 25-16 to move 2-1 ahead.

The fourth set was make or break time for both teams. If St Hilda's were to win this set, they would take home the championship title for the second year running. If Shuqun were to make a comeback to win the set and level the score at 2-2, the game would go into a dramatic rubber set. The score was neck and neck until Shuqun made a couple of unforced errors. This allowed St Hilda's to take a crucial lead at 24-23 and move to championship point.

They put in their utmost concentration to defend every attack coming in from Shuqun and finally got a chance to finish the game by winning the set 25-23.

Final score
St. Hilda’s 3 Shuqun 1

Set 1: 25-27
Set 2: 32-30
Set 3: 25-16
Set 4: 25-23

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Discussion28 Comments

  1. ST HILDAS VBALL ALWAYS ROCK IM JUS A SEC1 JUNIOR AND I WILL WORK HARD TO BCOME LIKE U GUYS OR MAYB…THIS MY BIGGEST GOAL TO BE BETTA THAN U GUYS I NOE ITS HARD BUT I WILL ROK HARD

  2. goodie good good!

    not a big fans of volleyball though.. but sure goodie good job to both the school! =D btw, i do agree with cong.. (dunno u.. ) but.. really..sum1? sportmanship please? thx..
    but i really wish to say sqss u guys did a good job.. i wish i could too.. but noway i’l ever be.. haha.. hope i get to have a chance to “shine” too.. haha.. represent sch? hope so.. haha… and shss.. good job too.. we may not be the champion but i’m sure sqss had a good time playing against a strong sch like u guys and had once again.. a good experience to be better next time.. good luck to both school for ur next fight again.. haha…

  3. Andrew(Ex shss volleyball player)

    Can anyone tell me is the coach still miss teo? I can still remember how fierce she is, the way she shouts at people. Im the worst hit during my time lol

  4. Andrew(Ex shss volleyball player)

    Congrats! shu qun sure is a hard team to beat but u guys did it! Good job!

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