By: Yunkei Chow and Jasmine Liu
On the 22nd and 23rd of September, SAS Pudong was proud to host the first Friday Night Lights of the year. On the baseball fields outside, our JV team competed in the annual China Cup, and inside the gym, the volleyball teams played against Dulwich.
Starting at 4:30 with JV Boys and Girls Volleyball, the Activities Council began by announcing the raffle winner of the VIP Couch. Seated comfortably with couches and beanbags, the underclassmen looked content and ready to cheer as the games started.
On the right side of the gym, the JV girls started out strong against Dulwich, going on to win the match. And on the left, the JV boys won their first and second set, in a heated match with multiple deuces and loud cheers and shouts from every SAS student in the gym.
The second hour began with Activities Council announcing the second raffle VIP Couch winner, Tommy Shao. Served with brownies, nachos, pizza and soft drinks, he looked relaxed with his friends, as they prepared themselves to watch the next Varsity games. On the left side of the gym, the boys played a pretty tied game against Dulwich, but later won the set 25-18. They went on to win the second set 25-18 as well.
On the right side of the gym, the girls played a hard-fought game against Dulwich. Although initially falling behind, they went on to win the set 25-14. The second set was much more close at 25-20. Tired and content with their performance, they played a final consolation set against Dulwich, also winning 25-17.
In the side gym, the second JV girls played a strenuous match against Dulwich, narrowly winning the first set, 25-21, but losing the second set 21-25. Hoping to be able to achieve victory in the last set, they however lost 1-15.
Outside on the fields, the baseball team was not doing as well. Losing their first game to HKIS, they also lost the match against SAS Puxi 13-7.
Overall, the success of the volleyball teams made for a successful Friday Night Lights, along with Boosters being there the whole time to sell food to players/students watching. Even with the ongoing sports conflicts causing many to be unavailable to attend, there was still a large turnout of spirited, enthusiastic students.