It was bitter-sweet victories for both sides at the Schools National A Division volleyball finals at Toa Payoh Indoor Sports Hall this morning.
Victoria Junior College (VJC), having achieved their goal of double finals, faced volleyball powerhouses Nanyang Junior College (NYJC) in both the boys' and girls' team finals, which drew a full-house 800 audience.
The VJC girls triumphed 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17) to clinch the school's first Nationals title in at least 15 years. Their boys' team, however, were unable to repeat this feat in the match which followed.
On the other hand, the NYJC boys' team successfully defended their title after a tough 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 16-25, 21-25) fight, but their girls were unable to reclaim the title that Anglo-Chinese Junior College had snatched from them last year.
"Reaching the finals wasn't a 'luxury' for us like it was last year since we had many difficulties and challenges," said NYJC boys' captain Shen Fan Yang, 18. "But we managed to overcome the shadow over us (after losing 2-1 previously to VJC) and pressure to win."