Former Karasuno members appear to cheer on the new team and are impressed by the growth of their old teammates as well as the abilites of the first years. Kageyama, in particular, is attracting a great deal of attention for his superior technique and sharp game sense. Meanwhile, Atsumu Miya observes the match and finds Kageyama a completely different player. He also takes an interest in Hinata.
Tsubakihara persevere and enters into a long rally with neither team willing to give up. Just when Tsubakihara seems to have broken through Karasuno's defenses, Hinata manages to keep the ball in play by receiving it with his chest, and Asahi follows up with a spike to even the score 18-18. Hinata is still having trouble finding the right position to receive, but his improvements are becoming noticeable to his teammates. Moreover, it's not just Hinata, the whole team has grown immensely.
Tsubakihara's Himekawa is switched in as a pinch server at a crucial moment for Tsubakihara. Under pressure, Himekawa accidentally serves the ball into Teradomari's head. This gives Karasuno the last point needed to win the set. The second set begins and eventually ends with Karasuno in the lead 15-14. Himekawa is switched in once again, but this time he successfully pulls off a ceiling serve, which sends the ball high into the ceiling by using a underhand serve. Daichi completely misses the ball because of the gymnasium lights, allowing Tsubakihara to regain some momentum.
Karasuno initially struggles with the serve, but they soon adapt and halt Tsubakihara's momentum. Karasuno refuses to be left behind as they gradually make their comeback. The game continues in a intense rally with both teams scoring back and forth. With the score at 23-23, Karasuno makes a miscoordination but Daichi saves it just in time to put his team at match point. For the last play, Sugawara joins the match as the pinch server, aiming to cause a disarray in their opponents formation. Both teams are refusing to give in, keeping up a good rally. Maruyama spikes the ball and it ricochets off the blockers but Sugawara covers it. The match ends with a finishing blow from Karasuno's ace, Asahi! Karasuno moves on to the second round!