My practice

My practice

Araceli Faudoa, Writer

When I arrived at the Karasuno gym I wouldn’t receive every time I did it would go on the side of me oh barely go up or forward, now that I have worked with Sugawara a lot so I can learn how to receive and emergency set. Emergency set is when a ball is kinda out of control and a setter cant set the ball so someone bumps it for someone will be able to spike it to the opponent’s side. I learned “tempos” you have third tempo which is a more slower approach to spiking a ball, second tempo is a faster version of third tempo and first tempo and a fast running approach. Kagegama and I made a new tempo called “minus tempo” with Kayegamas amazing setting skills and my speed its greater than we could have ever imagined, We tried it with Fukurodani high. Bokuto taught how to dump which is where you don’t just smash the ball into the floor but you can fake it and make it a really soft dunk which isn’t something that expected, making it harder for the other team to receive.

After winning against Shiratorizawa and qualifying for nationals, the all Japan youth camp offered Kageyama to train with them and Tsukishima got invited to Shiratorizawa Academy to train with some other volleyball players. I followed Tsukishima there and was a “ball boy” while I was there since I wasn’t supposed to be there. I just kind of observed the other train and would get the balls, refill water bottles, mop the floor. I learned a lot of little tricks some players do to help them play, like step forward when someones serving, serve at the whistle and some don’t run a whole lot at the beginning to save energy for the end, when the team is worn out. We came back and had to tally our heights, jump, positions, for nationals we had the next week.  

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