by Mitsuba Takanashi, 181 pages
Nobara's volleyball club is official! But how is she going to afford equipment and room and board on her tiny "dorm mother" stipend without doing the unthinkable and asking her mother for help? On top of that, they've finally scheduled their first practice game, but Nobara's loyalties are tested when her little sister, who's been filling in for her back at the inn, calls her for help with a scary patron just as she's leaving for the game. Plus, Nobara's dealing with some previously unfamiliar emotions. What's a loving sister / passionate team player / growing teenager to do?
Oh, poor girl. Luckily, her housemates are warming up to her and supporting her as far as they can. Too bad for her that she's fallen for kind, bluntly-honest Yushin, who turns out to have a girlfriend already. He and his potential competition, the reserved Haibuki--who's only admitted to having once had a crush on her in elementary school--are silent about their current thoughts on the matter, though the reader sees them watching her, which is nice and helps build some realistic dramatic suspense there. On the other hand, I really dislike Nobara's mom, whose character is mostly there to be a source of conflict and isn't very developed at this point.