St. Hilda’s B Division boys are national volleyball champions for the third consecutive year

By | 2013-05-13T16:48:25+00:00 April 16th, 2009|volleyball, Youth in Motion|39 Comments
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Story by REDintern Alethia Tiang. Pictures by Koh Yizhe, Marvin Lowe/Red Sports. Video by Lai Jun Wei.

Xinmin #13 Deepak Rai spikes. (Photo 1 © Koh Yizhe/Red Sports)

Yio Chu Kang Sports Hall, Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - Seven-time champions since 1998, St. Hilda's Secondary School continued their National B Division Volleyball Championship reign for the third running year with their 3-1 (17-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-15) triumph over Xinmin Secondary.

With their C Division boys’ victory the day before, the Xinmin B Division boys were looking to do a double.

St. Hilda's Sng Seng Whye (#11) spiked the ball into Xinmin's court to win their first point but as the game continued, both teams took turns to lead the set. It was Xinmin that eventually won the first set 25-17 to go up 1-0 overall.

A fierce spike by captain Benjamin Choo (#7) of St. Hilda's set off a run of seven consecutive points without reply from Xinmin. St. Hilda’s wrapped up the second set 25-14 to even it at 1-1.

A controversy in the third set over whether the ball spiked by Gilbert of Xinmin was in or out of bounds was eventually ruled in favour of St. Hilda’s. Frustrated, Xinmin lost three consecutive points.

However, Xinmin hauled themselves back from 2-8 to 10-14 but St. Hilda's stopped the rot and a final point scored by Kevin Chua (St. Hilda's, #3), wrapped it up 25-16 for a 2-1 overall lead.

With just one more set to wrap up the championship, St. Hilda's gained more confidence. Benjamin Choo won the first point against Xinmin but he got an immediate reply from Xinmin's Gilbert Toh who spiked past the block set up by St. Hilda's Cheong Hai Jing (#6) and Benjamin Choo. It was a tug-of-war with both teams trading points.

Then a sweaty spot on court proved Xinmin’s undoing. One of their players slipped and missed the ball with the score tied at 9-9. This gave St. Hilda's a 10-9 lead and they pulled further ahead to 15-11. With the momentum firmly in their favour now and they soon wrapped it up 25-15 to secure their third championship title in a row.



  1. vballer April 19, 2009 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    The libero lik very cute.

  2. volleyballer April 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Ya. Its different from the under 16 one. I dont know why. i seen the libero during the under 16 hang around with the team during east zone but without jersey.

  3. vballer April 17, 2009 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    can answer me? St.hilda’s de libero different from the under 16 libero?

  4. maxrooney April 17, 2009 at 12:54 am - Reply

    well,their spikes aren’t as strong as before,but their defence is still good…..good job St. Hilda!!!

  5. vballer April 17, 2009 at 12:29 am - Reply

    st. hilda’s last yr de under 16 use de libero not this rite?

  6. passer April 16, 2009 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    can gif mi his email?=P

  7. ;) April 16, 2009 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    his name is xin horng.

  8. passer April 16, 2009 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    wads the name of xinmin libero?

  9. alethia April 13, 2009 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    please be patient. it’s still being edited. thanks.

  10. Volleyballer April 13, 2009 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Where is the VIDEO???????

    • Les April 13, 2009 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      The video will be put up when it’s done. There is no full-time crew. A volunteer felt like doing it for the fun of it. So just relax.

  11. Hmm April 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Andy is very cute! 😀

  12. XMS April 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm - Reply


  13. yo! April 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    quite true quite true.anw,hiii,u are?

  14. Sarah April 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm - Reply

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  15. hiii April 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    loool. you’re like some despo.

  16. Sarah April 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    How to find? Email me instead then not so awkward? [email protected] pls email me. Thanks alot.

  17. .... April 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    i’m his friend.why dont u go facebook and find him?talking here feels awkward.

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