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Hinata, Kageyama, and Tanaka vs. Tsukishima, Yamaguchi, and Sawamura
Hinata Kageyama vs Tsukishima Tadashi
Type Practice Match
Winner Hinata, Kageyama, and Tanaka
Score 2:0 / 25-23, 25-21
Teams
Hinata, Kageyama, and Tanaka Tsukishima, Yamaguchi, and Sawamura
Players
Ryūnosuke Tanaka
Tobio Kageyama
Shōyō Hinata
Daichi Sawamura
Kei Tsukishima
Tadashi Yamaguchi
Duration
Manga Chapters 5-9
Anime Episodes 4-5

Hinata, Kageyama, and Tanaka vs Tsukishima, Yamaguchi, and Sawamura was a practice match among Karasuno High's first and third years. This match resulted in Kageyama and Hinata being allowed to join the team, and discovering the "freak quick".

Practice MatchEdit

The match starts and Tanaka easily blasts through Tsukishima’s block. Hinata jumps and spikes, surprising everyone with the height he can reach, but he gets blocked effortlessly by Tsukishima. This continues, giving Tsukishima's team the lead. He mocks Hinata’s lack of height and then brings up Kageyama’s “King’s toss” and the impact it had on his ex-teammates. Kageyama coolly tells Tsukishima to shut up before walking away.

The match continues and Kageyama serves confidently. However, to his and Hinata’s surprise, it’s received successfully by Daichi. Daichi tells Kageyama that he doesn’t have the talent Kageyama does, but he has more experience. It won’t be that easy to get points off of him. Hinata’s impressed by this while Kageyama’s unnerved. Tsukishima brings up Kageyama’s past again and Hinata angrily asks him about it. Tsukishima asks Hinata if he knows why Kageyama’s called King. Hinata replies that it’s because Kageyama’s skilled and intimidates his opponents. However, Tsukishima corrects him, explaining that his nickname actually came from his own teammates due to his egocentric personality. This behavior led to Kageyama getting benched during one of his last matches in junior high.

Kageyama then speaks up, stating that tossing only to find no one there frightens him. Hinata interrupts and reminds Kageyama that happened in junior high. He feels that Kageyama now tosses just fine, surprising the setter. Hinata continues that right now, what matter are defeating Tsukishima and becoming official members, not Kageyama’s past.

Tsukishima serves to Tanaka who sends the ball to Kageyama. The setter doesn’t think Hinata can beat Tsukishima one-on-one so he decides to give the ball to Tanaka. However, Hinata quickly gets behind the setter, exclaiming that he’s here now. Even though his spike went out, Hinata isn’t discouraged. He tells Kageyama that he’ll take any toss, hit any ball, and jump anywhere so Kageyama has to toss to him.

Tanaka approaches the two excitedly, asking them if they know how to do quicks due to their previous attack. Hinata doesn’t know what those are since he just hits whatever he wants. Kageyama replies that a quick is impossible for them anyway since they’re not coordinated. Hinata gets insulted and yells at him, only to garner another taunt from Tsukishima. The blocker tells him that just being reckless won’t help since some people just aren’t cut out for some things, spiking for instance. Hinata agrees with him, saying that during junior high, he would always get blocked. His jumping power couldn’t fight against the blockers’ height, but the Small Giant was different. Despite his small stature, he easily blasted through blockers twice his size; Hinata wants to be like that so he doesn’t care if he’s cut out for being a spiker or not. With this body, he’ll aim to win as much as he can. Kageyama looks at him, reminded of his own feelings during junior high. Tsukishima rebukes Hinata, but Kageyama steps up to his defense, exclaiming that clearing the path for the spiker is the setter’s job.

He then pulls Hinata away and announces that he’s going to try quicks with Hinata. Tanaka’s skeptical but the duo is adamant on their decision. Kageyama tosses to Hinata but he can’t get the hang of it initially, which annoys Kageyama. As the setter's yelling at Hinata, Sugawara intervenes, stating that he’s acting like he did in junior high. Sugawara remarks that Hinata’s not skilled but has speed and agility. Kageyama should try to match his tosses to Hinata’s style instead of having the spiker move to him. Sugawara sadly adds that Kageyama has skill, good concentration, and everything Sugawara doesn't have so watching his match during junior high made the third year feel inferior.

Shocked, Kageyama announces that he will adhere to Hinata’s style. He tells the latter to move at his quickest speed and jump at his highest height. Hinata agrees and the match resumes. Taking into account his surroundings, Kageyama tosses the ball to Hinata at the perfect moment and Hinata scores before anyone can react.

As Hinata lands, Daichi points out in shock that Hinata had his eyes closed, surprising everyone. Hinata replies that he closed his eyes because Kageyama told him to not watch the ball. The latter’s perplexed at Hinata’s complete trust in his tosses but realizes that he can now utilize all of Hinata’s skills to his advantage.

The next few quicks fail but this time, Kageyama’s blaming himself instead of his teammate and admitting that despite the failures, he’s actually having fun. Hinata’s feels the same way, noting to himself that the feeling of the ball hitting his hand is really the best.

The next move, Hinata runs to Kageyama to spike and Tsukishima falls for it, yelling at Yamaguchi to move closer to him so they could block Hinata. However, at the last minute, Hinata switches gears and runs towards the opposite direction. He thinks to himself that he has to stay ahead, even if it’s only a second faster. As long as he can out-run his opponents, he will be able to win. As he spikes, he thinks to himself that this is the highest point he can reach. He was never able to see the other side of the wall by himself but now, he has Kageyama.

Kageyama thinks to himself to be aware of the ball, blockers, and spikers. He can’t overlook any details. With the perfect timing and angle, Kageyama tosses to Hinata. The spike successfully hits Yamaguchi, who fails to receive it, giving Kageyama and Hinata’s team the point. On the side, Sugawara and Kinoshita are awed by the spikes and Kageyama’s true ability as a setter. Sugawara comments that Hinata was the one who was able to bring this out.

As Kageyama's sets start hitting Hinata's hands every time, Tsukishima is forced to change his tactics at blocking, and starts to block Hinata. This frees Tanaka up on the other side, and the team of Kageyama, Hinata, and Tanaka wins the first round with 25-23.

Kageyama and Hinata's team continues to score in the second round, and this causes Tsukishima to play more seriously (as seen when he takes off his sweater). The accurate tosses are starting to take their toll on the first-year duo, as Ennoshita, Sugawara, and Kinoshita note, but the third year can tell that despite the fatigue, Kageyama and Hinata are truly having fun. The team then wins against Tsukishima, Yamaguchi, and Daichi with the score of 25-21.


TriviaEdit

  • This is the match where Hinata and Kageyama's "freak quick" was discovered.

ReferencesEdit

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