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Gao Hakuba (Japanese: 白馬 (はくば) 芽生 (がお) Hakuba Gao) is a second-year wing spiker at Kamomedai High. As of November 2018, he is a middle-blocker for the Tachibana Red Falcons, a professional volleyball team in Division 1 of Japan's V-League. He is also a member of the Japan Men's National Volleyball team.

AppearanceEdit

Hakuba is a towering figure standing at 203.3 cm (6' 8"), making him one of the tallest characters in the series so far. He has a large build.

PersonalityEdit

He seems to be confident about his height and spiking skills. He enjoys teasing Hoshiumi, and shows reluctance when it comes to compliment him on his setting prowess.

BackgroundEdit

PlotEdit

Tokyo Nationals ArcEdit

StatisticsEdit

Original Statistics
Power
 
4/5
Jumping
 
3/5
Stamina
 
3/5
Game Sense
 
3/5
Technique
 
2/5
Speed
 
3/5

Due to his height, Hakuba has become one of Kamomedai's most well-known players, along with Hoshiumi and Hirugami. However, in terms of overall skills, he is one of the team's least talented members. He is the only starting member unable to perform a jump serve, and his receiving and game sense are below average. He also falls for decoys more easily than the other blockers.

However, despite having only started volleyball in high school, Hakuba's height makes him a formidable player on both offense and defense. His spikes are high and powerful, able to go above blocks and making receives difficult. His blocking is high as well, allowing him to participate in Kamomedai's bunch read blocking even with his inexperience. As of 2021, Hakuba is a professional player and one of only two Middle Blockers on the Japan National Volleyball Team, implying that he has become an incredible player.

SkillsEdit

Bunch Read Blocking: Hakuba is a dangerous blocker thanks to his height, and forms Kamomedai's "iron wall" with Hirugami. He is easier to fool with decoys than his teammates, but his height gives him enough leeway to jump twice before a spike is launched, allowing him to remain a threat even after biting on a decoy. As of 2018, Hakuba has changed from an Opposite Hitter to a Middle Blocker, and he states that his specialty is blocking, implying that his blocks are now a grave threat.

Mental Fortitude: Like the rest of Kamomedai, Hakuba has been conditioned by Coach Aaron Murphy to possess incredible mental toughness. His attitude, and by extension his quality of play, are not affected by the flow of the game, allowing him to perform at his full potential at all times. 

Jumping Reach:

  • Post-Timeskip: 350 cm

RelationshipsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Favorite Food: Teriyaki Pizza
  • Current Concern: He thinks it would be better if his body was more toned.
  • Hakuba is the heaviest and tallest player pre-timeskip.
  • Post-timeskip, he is the third tallest player after Oriver Barnes and Yūdai Hyakuzawa.
  • Nomenclature
    • Gao (芽生) - Bud Sprouts
    • Hakuba (白馬) - White Horse

QuoteEdit

"Those who are bigger are always superior to those smaller than them!"


ReferencesEdit

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