Shiratorizawa Academy (Japanese: 白鳥沢 (しらとりざわ) 学園 (がくえん) Shiratorizawa Gakuen) is a high school in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture. Since the entrance exam is extremely difficult, most students get accepted by studying hard or through sports scholarships.

Uniform

Male Uniforms as worn by Shirabu, Ushijima, and Tendō.

The boys' uniform consists of a white jacket, light blue dress shirt, purple tie, purple pants, and brown loafers. The girls wear a white jacket, light blue dress shirt, purple bow tie, purple skirt, and grey sweater.

Shiratorizawa's volleyball uniform

The boys' volleyball club's uniform consists of a white tracksuit with purple accents. The members wear black t-shirts and white shorts with purple detailing during practice matches[1]. During official matches, they wear a white jersey with the sleeves, the bold vertical stripe on their shorts and number on the jersey top in purple.

Volleyball Club

The Boys' Volleyball Club is considered a "powerhouse", ranked among the Top 8 of Japan. It has been noted by the captain, Wakatoshi Ushijima, that Shiratorizawa supposedly never weakens no matter what; in accordance with that, Shiratorizawa had been undefeated and the representative for Miyagi Prefecture for generations, only having lost to Karasuno recently. Additionally, Ushijima is one of the three best aces that the whole country has seen and he is currently one of Japan's under-18 (under-19 in the anime) volleyball representatives for the Youth World Championship.

"Intense Force"

Shiratorizawa, combined with their clean reception and precise sets, is exponentially strengthened with super-ace Ushijima, who tears down the blocks and strategical plays of its adversaries (as seen in the battle against Aoba Johsai in the Interhigh). The team's main strategy is to focus everyone's strength to support Ushijima, hence the reason why it's symbolized by a single eagle; this is unlike Karasuno with its multiple crows as it focuses on teamwork and individual strength.

Shiratorizawa's most notable players are Captain and Ace Ushijima, one of the top 3 aces in the whole nation along with Itachiyama's Sakusa and Mujinazaka's Kiryu, and Blocker Tendo, also known as the "Guess Monster" with Guess Blocks that stops the opponents' spikes no matter where placed.

The team has also defeated Aoba Johsai in the final match of the Miyagi Prefecture Interhigh Preliminaries and advanced to Nationals. The third years of the team had decided against retiring for a chance to compete in the Spring Tournament.

The most well-known generation of Shiratorizawa is the current one, but the most successful one was Ushijima's father's generation. Utsui's generation had a 190 cm ace and had probably won first place in Nationals[2].

Members

Name Position Year Status
Tanji Washijō Coach - Active
Akira Saitō Coach - Active


Name Number Position Year Status
Wakatoshi Ushijima #1 Captain / Wing Spiker / Opposite Hitter / Ace 3rd Year Active
Jin Soekawa #2 Vice Captain 3rd Year Active
Eita Semi #3 Setter / Pinch Server 3rd Year Active
Reon Ōhira #4 Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter / Vice Captain 3rd Year Active
Satori Tendō #5 Middle Blocker 3rd Year Active
Yūshō Sagae #6 Wing Spiker 1st Year Active
Yunohama #7 Pinch Server 2nd Year Active
Tsutomu Goshiki #8 Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter 1st Year Active
Yu Shibata #9 Wing Spiker 1st Year Active
Kenjirō Shirabu #10 Setter 2nd Year Active
? #11 ? ? Active
Taichi Kawanishi #12 Middle Blocker 2nd Year Active
Kai Akakura #13 Libero 1st Year Active
Hayato Yamagata #14 Libero 3rd Year Active
? ? Middle Blocker* ? Active

Later Members

Name Number Position Current Age
Yumeto Nagamatsu ? Middle Blocker 14-15

Former Players

Name Number Position Current Age
Takashi Utsui ? ? 49
? ? Wing Spiker / Ace ?
Lucio Katō ? ? 45

Spring High Miyagi Prefecture Representative Playoffs (2011)

According to Coach Ukai, Date Tech lost to Shiratorizawa in the 3rd round, and Shiratorizawa eventually won 1st place.

Third Round

Final

  • Shiratorizawa Academy vs ??? (3:?)

Interhigh-Preliminaries (2012)

For Interhigh's Miyagi Preliminaries, Shiratorizawa was registered as team 55, Block I. Their venue was the Shiratorizawa Civic Gymnasium, along with Block J. They were exempt from the first round of matches and played over the span of three days (one game on the first day, three on the second, one on the third). They made it to the finals after beating the winner of Block F and the winner of either Block E or Block B (it is not revealed exactly which block Shiratorizawa faced). For the finals, they played against Aoba Johsai at the Sendai City Gymnasium. Because they won, they became Miyagi Prefecture's Representative for the Summer InterHigh National Tournament.

Second Round

Final

Spring High-Miyagi Prefecture Representative Playoffs (2012)

Shiratorizawa was exempt from the first preliminary after placing within the top four during Interhigh.

For the representative playoffs, Shiratorizawa was registered as team 1. They played at the Sendai City Gymnasium over a span of three days (one game on the first day, two on the second, one on the third). Because they lost in the finals to Karasuno, they became Miyagi Prefecture's Playoffs runner-up.

Main Preliminary

First Round

  • Shiratorizawa Academy vs Araigawa High School (2:0 / 25-15, 25-12)

Quarter Final

  • Shiratorizawa Academy vs Hakusuikan High School (2:0 / 25-17, 25-19)

Semifinal

  • Shiratorizawa Academy vs Kesenike West High School (2:0 / 25-20, 25-21)

Final

  • Shiratorizawa Academy vs Karasuno High School (2:3 / 25-16, 29-31, 25-20, 27-29, 19-21)
    • Set 3's score was changed to (25-18) in the anime.


Spring High-Miyagi Prefecture Representative Playoffs (2013)

Semifinals

  • Shiratorizawa Academy vs ??? (??:2 / ??)

Spring High-Miyagi Prefecture Representative Playoffs (2014)

Final

  • Shiratorizawa Academy vs Karasuno High School (??:3 / ??)

Shiratorizawa Academy Junior High

Shiratorizawa Academy Junior High (Japanese: 白鳥沢 (しらとりざわ) 学園 (がくえん) 中等部 (ちゅうがくぶ) Shiratorizawa Gakuen Chūtō-bu) is the middle school division of Shiratorizawa Academy.

Boys' Volleyball Club

Just like its high school counterpart, the junior high Boys' Volleyball Club is considered the strongest team in Miyagi Prefecture. They frequently take first place in tournaments.

One of the team's most prominent players was Wakatoshi Ushijima, who was nicknamed 'Young Giant'.

The boys' volleyball club's uniform consists of a white tracksuit with purple accents. During official matches, members wear purple shorts with a vertical stripe down each side, and a white jersey top with purple accents and a purple number in the center[3].

Members

Name Number Position Year Status
Yura Shouta ? Setter 3rd Year Active

Former Players

Name Number Position Current Age
Wakatoshi Ushijima #1 Captain / Wing Spiker / Opposite Hitter 17
? #2 ? ?
? #7 ? ?
  • Shiratorizawa Academy Junior High vs Kitagawa Daiichi Junior High School (2:0 / ??-??, ??-??)
  • Shiratorizawa Academy Junior High vs Kitagawa Daiichi Junior High School (2:1 / ??-??, 27-29, 25-21)


All Japan Middle School Athletics Tournament

Practice Matches

  • Shiratorizawa Academy vs Karasuno High School (Past) (2:1 / ??, ??, 28-26)
  • Shiratorizawa 3rd Years vs Rookie Training Camp 1st Years (?:? / ??, 25-14, ??, ??)
  • Shiratorizawa + Alumni vs Rookie Training Camp 1st Years (25-21)

Trivia

  • The 'Shiratori' in 'Shiratorizawa' means 'swan', but since it's composed of two kanji characters that literally read 'white bird', Ushijima has been symbolized as a mighty white eagle.
  • Many famous athletes have graduated from the school.
  • Ukai described Shiratorizawa as a spear that only uses brute strength to destroy.
  • No more high schools in the Miyagi prefecture can challenge Shiratorizawa so they have to practice with schools outside of the prefecture or college students
  • There is a horseback riding club in the school and an entire field for it[4], plus a baseball field, golf practice area, and tennis courts.
  • The volleyball club has its own bus and a cheering squad (cheerleaders and drummers). During the finals against Karasuno in the Spring High, many students from Shiratorizawa wore their school uniforms and joined the cheering squad. In addition, they also sing the school anthem where Sendai Castle is overlooking the city of Sendai.
  • Sendai has the most universities relative to its population.
  • The lineup first shown in Chapter 108 is composed of Ushijima, Reon, Shirabu and five unknown members. In the anime[5], it's shown with Goshiki, Tendō, and Yamagata replacing the five members.
  • Shiratorizawa provides dorms for its students.[6]
  • Shiratorizawa Academy is based on Touhoku High School in Miyagi prefecture.[7]
  • Although Soekawa has been established as the vice captain, in the Viz translation Reon is said to be the vice captain.
  • #11, Toast Townsperson B was given their name after the Haikyuu VolleyCamp community discovered he had no name.
  • During the Rookie Training camp, an unknown player wearing the number 6 is seen playing in the practice matches against the 1st Years. It's most likely he's a middle blocker.[8]

Gallery

References

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