Competition was fierce at the A-grade Inter-school Volleyball Competition at Shek Kip Mei Park Sports Centre on Sunday. After a tough fight, Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School (SKW) beat Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School (CSW) to win the Division One - Kowloon and Hong Kong Island final.
SKW showed their skills early, winning the first set, 25-21. Attackers Chen Jil-rong and Shih Wai-pun, both 17, were big threats to their opponents with their strong, quick attacks. And right-side hitter Chan Shing-hin, 17, delivered some excellent serves that his rivals could not match.
But CSW made it 1-1 by taking the second set 25-19, as Shau Kei Wan's serving and digging became less accurate. Cheung Sha Wan also strengthened their defence and varied their attacking play, with the double quick hit fooling their rival blockers.
The competition reached a climax in the third set, where both teams were tied multiple times. With the score even at 11, SKW captain Chan Tun-ham, 18, stepped up with some solid blocks.
After some powerful spikes, SKW took a narrow 14-11 lead. CSW rallied, scoring two points in a row, but an unforced error on their last spike ended the match, with Shau Kei Wan taking the third and final set, 15-13.
SKW coach Wong Sai-fung told Young Post his side did a good job in serving, blocking, and quick attacks. "Our strategy was to make good serves so our opponent couldn't make strong attacks. We also had a tough defence, with blocking and digging," said Wong. "We had more unforced errors in the second set, so it was important for the players not to get too stressed about the last set."
SKW spiker Wai-pun said their defence was a key part of their victory. "After some successful digs, we were able to attack. We stayed more focused and determined in the third set, and unity helped us overcome all difficulties," he said. "Now we have to prepare for the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Tournament." That event will run from December 27-31 at the Tsing Yi Sports Centre.