The wait is over. The highly anticipated finals of the Nationals Qualifier tournament was here. It’s HaruKana vs The Hype Twins for all the marbles! LET’S GO!
It became clear to Haruka from the get-go that The Hype Twins at full power/when they’re serious, were like a nearly unstoppable force of nature.
At 0-4 Kanata had a plan. Emily sensed it and had Claire smash the ball very close to the edge hoping to catch Kanata off guard but she went for it and it looked like our heroines would score their first point.
However, Claire surprised them with a mighty kick! Emily tried to trick Haruka with a reverse serve but Claire’s spike was too strong, smashing the ball out of bounds. Score was 1-4.
Harukana made a brief comeback targeting Claire as she seemed to be less difficult to outsmart. Score was 3-4. Unfortunately for them she quickly caught on to their strategy.
Throughout the match Akari worried about the outcome of the match but remembered how hard both teams trained to make it this far so she cheered both teams with a familiar special dance.
One scoring montage later and it was 18-19. Kanata surprised Claire with a jump serve and it looked like they would tie the set.
However, Emily surprised them both with a spike of her own. Emily rarely (if ever) smashed the ball up to this point in televised matches.
We got an Emily flashback showing how she too had grown from being behind Claire to standing beside her as an equal. Emily’s rear comforted Claire in more ways than just being super hot. It helped remind her that Emily would always be there to care for her outside and inside the court.
With Emily no longer holding back and them taking the first set it looked like HaruKana were in a deep pickle.
But the second set was as evenly contested as the first one. Not only that but Kanata surprised Emily by countering her Surprise Dump. Claire saw a fire in her eyes that she’d been wanting to see in this match. It was a sign that the old Kanata who beat her in the Junior Tournament had returned.
Can’t it be Friday the 14th already!? This it too good!