Now that the Beach Volleyball club finished their training, spring is finally here. With the qualifier rounds in the Valerie Competition nears, how will they fare?
As Haruka and Kanata continue their practice session, they eventually noticed that Akari is missing. Apparently, Akari becomes upset over the possibility that there won’t be two positions as they hope. Only one pairing can advance to the finals. That means that Claire and Emily ultimately have to face Haruka and Kanata.
Since they are her best friends, Akari is upset that they might tear each other apart. She eventually calls Ayasa for advice. Ayasa suggests Akari to talk it over and do something special to express how she felt. Akari eventually talks it over and gives them a special scrunchies. Claire calms her down and they agreed to have a beach party once qualifiers are over.
With that, the qualifiers begin and Emily and Claire ace theirs. Haruka and Kanata manages to make it pass the first round without problems. During the intermission, Aragaki twins, Kanna and Youna wants a revenge match against Emily and Claire. First, they have to defeat Haruka and Kanata. While they trained since then, Haruka and Kanata manage to win their first set. The second set became tricky as they started to use a topspin shot to make it difficult for Haruka to block. While Kanna and Youna manages to score a few points, they are still behind Haruka and Kanata managed to combine their strengths to win the match.
It’s understandable how Akari feels about Claire and Emily facing Haruka and Kanata. Sure, it’s a shame that they can’t participate in finals together as they hoped. While they would have to face each other either way, it’s obvious that she doesn’t want to see them tear each other apart just to participate in finals.
Even so, I still don’t think Claire and Emily nor Haruka and Kanata are like that. They are supportive of each other, especially since Kanata became friends with them during her childhood. Still, it’s nice to see them be reassuring to Akari that they will accept the pairing who will make it to the finals. Still, it’s nice for Akari to give them special hibiscus flower crunchies a bit earlier than expected.
At the qualifiers, while Claire gives Kanata that butt slap, I never expect to see Mai and Ai at the competition. This time, they are not participating, but helping out instead. Still, it’s nice to see them together even if they are now in college. Hopefully one day, they will receive a rematch against Haruka and Kanata.
While one expects to see Haruka and Kanata breeze through the first round, it’s nice to see their match during the second round. Kanna and Youna makes their appearance whom are seeking a rematch against Emily and Claire. It’s funny to see them declare a challenge after training three years.
I find it funny how they realized that Haruka and Kanata now plays just like Claire and Emily and they are still having trouble scoring a point. Yes, Haruka and Kanata learned well from Marissa. Even Kanna’s and Youna’s topspin shots that are meant to make it harder to block didn’t quite work out as they hoped. I have to admit that those topspin shots are clever, but it’s not going to be enough to win the match. Thanks to Haruka’s and Kanata’s team work and empathy, they manage to pull through to the final round of the qualifiers. It should be interesting who will move on to the next round. Will it be Claire and Emily or Haruka or Kanata? We’ll find out next time. ¶