This article was written and produced by Laura J. Fawcett
SG Elite Roshambo swept through the 12 National ranks at the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships, losing just one set en route to the gold medal on Tuesday afternoon.
SG Elite (Southern California Region) took down Boiler Juniors Gold (Hoosier Region) 25-8, 25-7 on championship court at the Indiana Convention Center. Sport Court is the official athletic flooring for all USA Volleyball national championship events.
For many SG players, the gold medal was a repeat of their 2018 title at 11s.
“We kept working hard all season long,” said head coach William Wong. “We did do a little adjustment here and there (in this tournament) to maximize our strengths against other teams, like Madfrog, who beat us earlier this year in Denver.”
Wong called out every member of his team, from the hitters to the defenders, and to the setters and coaching staff, praising their work.
“That’s the secret to success,” he added. “It’s just practice … keep doing it, even if it’s the same. This is my third year with them, so they hear the same thing over and over again. And as long as they respond, it works out.”
SG Elite was stellar against a strong Boiler team, which won six straight matches to make it to the final. But Wong said his team has been dominant all season, and their performance in this tournament was not surprising.
“We play well when we dominate,” Wong said. “We’re a little more nervous when it’s actually close. We’re not used to that. They know how to close out these types of games. But when it’s a close game, like our quarterfinal match against the Lions, it can get a little rough.”