I love the way Shohoku's team works together - or doesn't work together, as the case may be. Rukawa and Sakuragi both seem to have some trouble trusting their teammates. It's a good thing I love them so much, or I'd be really frustrated with them right now.
Oh, and every time Sendoh shows up I want to start jumping up and down and sqeaking like a mouse. He's just such a good character. His facial expressions and postures and the stuff he says that nobody else would say...I love him.
And I love Kogure, who unfortunately sat on the sidelines in this volume. Hopefully he'll get more into things in the next one, because I miss him.
I still don't like Mitsui much. I like some of his exchanges with the other members of the team, and I'm trying really hard to keep an open mind about him, but I just can't seem to like the guy. I hope it's just too early and this'll wear off.
And Sakuragi actually scored, and didn't get kicked from the game! Yaaaay!