By: A. Mourabet
Bolt from the blue, we only had six players that were able to attend the SPHSL semi-finals in Campinas, due to homework or grade-sheet assessments. At first, many players were frustrated due to the news but, we got over it and started to form strategies in order to reach victory.
It was a rough start, with some adapting to their new positions and others trying to relax. We encouraged ourselves to take risks in the game, generating confidence and, while the opponents started to worry, the first set was ours.
In the second set, the adversaries were strong and our apprehension rose, making the set extremely disputed yet still, they won.
The next two sets were amazing: we erased the last set from our minds and it became a deterrent example for the team, thereby instigating all members.
Personally, I think that having fewer players made us realize that, regardless of who and how many there were, we were able to win this match if we worked together and in sync. Sure enough, we won both sets, taking us to the final against Graded on Thursday.