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top: The first set of compilation movie highlights is a huge hit, so showings have been extended!! See page 438 for details!!
left: Miyagi Prefecture's Spring High representative playoffs finally head into their final stage!! The curtain opens on this fated 4th set!!
Chapter 166: The Guardian Deity and Moonlight
right: Shiratorizawa took back the 3rd set!!!
Boy: Man, that blew right through Karasuno's libero.
small text: Ouch.
Box: End of the 3rd set
Scoreboard: Karasuno | Shiratorizawa
Box: 20 (Karasuno) - 25 (Shiratorizawa)
Sideburns: I figured Shiratorizawa would be shaken up, given how the 2nd set ended, and yet...
Boy: More like, Karasuno seemed to make a lot of mistakes.
Boy: Guess they got impatient...
Sideburns: I can understand them wanting to finish quickly, though...
(Ukai): It's not just a matter of them forcefully keeping us at bay through points alone.
(Ukai): We're still able to score.
(Ukai): We have to make up for what we lack somehow...
Asahi: You okay, Nishinoya?
white sfx: Shock
Noya: No matter how hard I struggle, it's a fact that tall guys have the advantage in volleyball.
Noya: Right here and now, he's the tallest around.
Noya: But that doesn't matter for liberos.
Noya: I'm the only one who can combat him on equal footing.
Asahi: ...Since the beginning of the game, Nishinoya's now gotten a good feel for Ushiwaka's spikes.
Asahi: I think his body and eyes are definitely getting used to them.
Asahi: The whole "lefty" thing, too.
Asahi: It must be all the more frustrating that he can't quite receive it.
white sfx: Tweet
Box: Court change
Ushi: ...With movements like those,
Ushi: I figured you would also be good at receives and blocks.
Ukai: You can't compete where height's concerned,
Ukai: so what are you doing with such an infantile level of skill?
white sfx: SHOCK!!
Yachi: "Infantile" means something that's immature like a child. Unskilled.
Tendou: Wakatoshi-kun really is serious about that shorty, huh~
Tobio: Oi, quit lagging behind.
(Shou): When it comes to hitting right where it hurts,
Shou: you and Ushiwaka are kinda similar.
Tobio: ? Really?
Tobio: Well, I think I'll eventually be able to hit spikes like that, too.
Shou: That's not what I meant at all!
Ukai: Hey, sit down.
Ukai: Get some rest, even if it's brief!
Ukai: Geeez, enough with the cheering already.
Ukai: By now, you should be used to the atmosphere in the finals and Shiratorizawa's heavy hitter.
Man: I guess it really is impossible for Karasuno...
Aki: Karasuno is just as good when it comes to offensive power.
Aki: All that's left is pulling off a break somehow...
Ukai: I said it before, but there's essentially nothing wrong with what you're doing.
Ukai: Stick with it.
Ukai: Be that as it may, there's no denying that we're at a disadvantage.
Ukai: Alright, let's go into specifics.
Boy: So Shiratorizawa needs one more set to win, huh?
Boy2: Karasuno's sure been backed into a corner...
Scoreboard: Shiratorizawa | Karasuno
Ukai: Other than that... Oi, Hinata,
Ukai/Shou: What about blocking.
Ukai: Frankly, the sheer number of Shiratorizawa's successful spikes goes beyond our expectations.
Ukai: You don't have height on your side, so
Ukai: timing will be more important for you than the others.
Ukai: If you feel like you're even the slightest bit "delayed",
Ukai: immediately switch to soft blocking.
(Daichi): We'll use a "plate"!!!
Shou: That's a "plate"!!
Tendou (Yamagata) | Oohira | Sawamura | Hinata (Nishinoya)
Shirabu | Ushijima | Azumane | Tanaka
Goshiki | Kawanishi | Tsukishima | Kageyama
below box: ※ 4th set starting rotation
Voice: We're gonna end it with this set.
Daichi: unless you guys want to go home and eat a meal soaked in salt again,
Daichi: we absolutely have to win this set!!
Daichi: Karasuno, fight!!
Crowd: Hit'em hard!!
(Goshiki): I am now
Box: Goshiki's serve
(Goshiki): in the zone...
(Goshiki): I'll score in one go...!!
Tanaka: It's out!!
Tendou: Home ruuuun!
Gata: Don't put so much force into it!
Goshiki: Urk. Right!
Scoreboard: Shiratorizawa | Karasuno
Box: Sawamura's serve
white sfx: Tweeet
(Reon): His serve will most likely be aimed toward my spot in the back left again.
(Reon): Will it be forward?
(Reon): Or back?
Voice: Nice receive!!
sfx bubble: Fwip
(Tsuki): C'mon, screw up the toss a bit.
Generally, the standard pattern with Ushiwaka is:
Either he hits the spike down from above us,
slams the spike right through us,
things go well and we get a one-touch,
Tsuki: If Ushiwaka comes up from the righthand side with a quickly-timed attack,
Tsuki: and we're against him as a 2-man block, let's close him out of a cross-court spike
(Tsuki): just a bit more than usual.
(Tsuki): We can't force his spike trajectory as well as we could with 3 blockers,
(Tsuki): while we're closing him out of a cross spike,
(Tsuki): it gives our "guardian deity" a clear view.
(Tsuki/Noya): The only one who can face this guy on equal footing
(Noya): And I absolutely can't
(Noya): keep losing!!!
left: Nishinoya vs. Ushijima!!!