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Seal Beach 16-Black Gold Medal Performance in Denver

Updated: Feb 5

An excerpt from a article.

In 16 USA, Seal Beach 16 Black out of California capped an amazing three-day run with a hard-fought 25-23, 26-24 victory against Mizuno Northern Lights 16-2 of Minnesota in the Gold title match. It was the sixth two-set sweep for Seal Beach, which finished with a perfect 9-0 record. “It’s one thing off the checklist,” said an elated Seal Beach coach Michael Ma. “I’m really happy for the girls. It’s on to the next thing.” Ma said the team next plans to do its “so-called mandatories” and aim for a National bid. “That’s kind of the division I want us to be in, and then go on to a gold medal at the National division.” Ma, however, said Seal Beach will accept the USA bid for the Junior Nationals. He was convinced of it after watching his team dispatch a strong Mizuno Northern Lights 16-2 team, which came in undefeated with a 9-0 record. “We served really, really well,” Ma said. “Our serve-receive was just a little bit better than their serve-receive. We got them out of their system a lot, got a lot of easy balls, able to run our offense.” Ma praised Emily Sparks, Megan Kinney and Alex Brown for outstanding play. Sparks ran the team’s 6-2 offense to perfection, Kinney ran the back row and communicated well, and Brown played consistently on the front and back rows.


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