Date Tech High (Japanese: 伊達工業 (だてこうぎょう) 高校 (こうこう) Datekōgyō Kōkō) is a high school in the Miyagi Prefecture.

Uniform

Date Tech's volleyball uniform

Date Tech, like most Japanese schools, has a uniform and dress code. The male uniform consists of a white shirt, yellow tie, dark teal blazer, and grey pants.

The boys' volleyball club's uniform consists of a white tracksuit with teal details. The members wear light grey t-shirts and teal shorts during practice matches. During official matches, the majority of players don a white jersey and shorts with teal details. The libero has a contrasting jersey in teal with white details.

Volleyball Club

"Date's Iron Wall"

The Boys' Volleyball Club is well-known for its exceptional defense and tall players; it has the highest blocking rate in the prefecture, thus nicknamed the "Iron Wall". In accordance with that name, the team's banner reads "Date's Iron Wall".

Date Tech's most notable players are Aone, the team's lead blocker, Futakuchi, the team's ace and captain, and later Koganegawa, a very tall first-year setter.

The team's employs bunch shift in their blocking, in which all three blockers gather at the center of the court and form a stance there. The blockers would move together to block opponents' spikes and overwhelm them with sheer numbers. There is a downside to bunch shift as it makes it harder to defend the two sides. However, the Date Tech blockers overcome this weakness through their skilled read blocking . This so called "bunch read" has been noted to be absolutely terrifying when synchronized and rehearsed.[1]

Members

Name Position Year Status
Takurō Oiwake Coach ? Active
Mai Nametsu Manager 2nd Year Active

Current Lineup:

Name Number Position Year Status
Takanobu Aone #1 Middle Blocker 2nd Year Active
Kenji Futakuchi #2 Captain / Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter / Ace 2nd Year Active
Yutaka Obara #3 Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter 2nd Year Active
Kanji Koganegawa #7 Setter 1st Year Active
Tarō Onagawa #8 Wing Spiker / Opposite Hitter 2nd Year Active
Jingo Fukiage #11 Middle Blocker 1st Year Active
Kōsuke Sakunami #13 Libero 1st Year Active

Other Members

Name Number Position Year Status
? ? ? ? Active
? ? ? ? Active
? ? ? ? Active
? ? ? ? Active
? ? Libero ? Active

Former Members

Name Number Position Year
Yasushi Kamasaki #1 Vice Captain / Middle Blocker 3rd Year
Kaname Moniwa #2 Captain / Setter 3rd Year
Takehito Sasaya #3 Wing Spiker / Opposite Hitter 3rd Year

Practice Matches

  • Date Tech High School vs Karasuno High School (4:4 / 25-19, 25-23, ??-??, 23-25, ??-??, ??-??, ??-??, 21-25)

Spring High-Miyagi Prefecture Representative Playoffs (2011)

According to Coach Ukai, Date Tech lost in the 3rd Round to Shiratorizawa and placed in the top 16.

Third Round

  • Date Tech High School vs Shiratorizawa Academy (?:2)

68th Annual Prefectural Athletic Volleyaball Tournament

  • Date Tech High School vs Karasuno High School (2:0 / 25-??, 25-15)

Interhigh Preliminaries (2012)

For the Miyagi Interhigh Preliminaries, Date Tech was registered as team 6, Block A. Their venue was the Sendai City Gymnasium, along with Block B. Because they lost in the second round to Karasuno, they only played two matches on the first day.

First Round

  • Date Tech High School vs Sakurashita High School (2:0 / 25-7, 25-8)

Second Round

Spring High-Miyagi Prefecture Representative Playoffs (2012)

For the first preliminary, Date Tech was registered as team 2, Group 1. Their venue has not been revealed in either the manga or anime. Because they won all three of their matches, they were allowed to move on to the representative playoffs held in October.

First Preliminary

  • Date Tech High School vs Ōu High School (2:? / ??, ??, ??)
  • Date Tech High School vs Senseki Academy (2:? / ??, ??, ??)
  • Date Tech High School vs Tianshan High School (2:0 / ??-??, 25-20)

For the representative playoffs, Date Tech was registered as team 14. They played at the Sendai City Gymnasium over a span of two days (one game on the first day, one on the second) before losing to Aoba Johsai in the quarter-finals. Overall, they placed within the top 8.

First Round

  • Date Tech High School vs Shirato High School (2:0 / 25-22, 25-23)

Quarter Final

Interhigh Preliminaries (2013)

Final

  • Date Tech High School vs Karasuno High School (2:?? / ??)

Interhigh Nationals Tournament (2013)

According to Yachi, Date Tech lost in the third round and placed within the top 16.[2]

Third Round

  • Date Tech High School vs ??? (?:2)

Spring High-Miyagi Prefecture Representative Playoffs (2013)

First Round

  • Date Tech High School vs ??? (?:2)

Spring High-Miyagi Prefecture Representative Playoffs (2014)

Semifinals

  • Date Tech High School vs ? (?:2)

Trivia

  • Date Tech's primary strategy is to start off with a powerful serve, which is aimed to break the opponent's formation, and then to block the return-attack.
  • Date Tech was named after the famous Japanese Historical Figure Date Masamune.
  • It has been noted by several players that whenever they hear Date Tech's cheer "Go, go, let's go, let's go Datekō!!", they find themselves wanting to cheer along.
  • Instead of staying after Inter-High like most third years from other high schools, Date Tech's third years retired and did not go on to play in the Spring High.

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