When Sawamura Daichi, Sugawara Koushi, and Azumane Asahi inherited the Karasuno Boys’ Volleyball club, it had reached it’s lowest point. Five years after Coach Ukai and The Little Giant took the team to the National Stage, the team was a shadow of it’s former self. Coach Ukai had retired, and the upperclassmen had become deeply disillusioned and unmotivated.
But that wasn’t enough to stop Daichi. As a first year student, Daichi knew he wanted them to make it back to that National stage, and he strongly believed that with enough hard work and practice they could make it there again. He made it his own goal even when most of the upperclassmen shook their heads at him. He began doing the extra practice himself, and inspired Suga and Asahi to follow him. (Source)
Only their captain at the time supported their endeavor, but it was enough to keep them going in the following years.
They trained hard even without a coach. And when Coach Ukai came back for a short time during their second year they made the most of it and trained even harder. A couple of the first years at the time followed suit, in part because they saw how passionate those three were.
They left such a strong impression on Takeda Ittetsu, the Literature teacher with no volleyball knowledge who had just become their advisor, that he was inspired to do everything in his power to give them as many opportunities as possible to play.
Daichi, Suga, and Asahi spent two whole years building the club and the team that would one day welcome stars like Kageyama, Hinata, and Tsukishima, and know how to help them reach their full potential for the sake of the team and for themselves.
Daichi grew into the captain that could make tough calls like kicking Kageyama and Hinata out when they refused to work together despite their obvious skill and potential, because he understood that the team came before individual skill. Suga grew into the setter and vice captain that could teach a prodigy like Kageyama what it really meant to be a setter. And Asahi grew into the ace that would eventually be able to reassure his team in the middle of an incredibly tense game.
The three of them took on the risk of declaring Nationals their goal even when no one else believed them, so that the younger generations could have something to look forward to. They created a team so hungry for change and opportunities that when the right players and the right chances presented themselves, they grew at an explosive rate.
The Karasuno Boys’ Volleyball team that made it to Nationals in 2013 was built on the sweat and tears of Sawamura Daichi, Sugawara Koushi, and Azumane Asahi. That team and that club owes it’s strength and both it’s coaches to their tenacity and the hard work they put in. Even though none of them continued playing after graduation, their efforts live on in the so called “monster generation”, and in every generation of the team that comes after them.