Spiral 18 UA Has Golden Comeback At BJNC
HOUSTON, Texas – In a gold medal match that pitted two of the wackiest teams against one another, Arizona’s Spiral (Arizona Region) overtook Chicago’s Ultimate Team Gold (Great Lakes Region), 21-25, 25-22, 17-15 for a comeback win at the 18 open division of the Boys Junior National Championship.
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The match featured two squads that had run through 18 open pool play with ease, as both teams built a 10-0 record before Tuesday’s gold medal bout. Most importantly, both teams had success and fun while playing, which was quite entertaining to watch.
Spiral jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set, but it would be short-lived, as Ultimate Gold regained the lead and held on to a 25-21 victory.
The mood was subdued for Spiral going into the second set as their players stood silently. On the other end of the court, Ultimate Gold fans clanged their cowbells along to Michael Jackson’s hit “Black or White.” All the while their confident shark-hat-wearing coach looked on, all would seem in hand for Ultimate Gold, but Spiral had other plans.
The Arizona squad came back to take the second set 25-22, to swing the momentum once again. A much happier Spiral team would begin the deciding third set, looking to take a second-straight set from Ultimate Gold, something that had not been done the entire tournament.
Trailing 8-3 in the third set, the mood around the court was that all hope was lost for Spiral, but that was not the mood in the team’s huddle.
“The way we play helps our guys in those situations,” coach Brian Hosfeld said. “We play consistent no matter what. I didn’t tell them a lot in the huddle, because these guys know what to do, they’ve been here before.”
It would seem these jokesters came prepared for a drama-filled match, as they mounted another comeback.
Spiral would storm back to tie the score at nine a piece, turning the pressure on Ultimate Gold. Both teams traded blows until Spiral finally finished the comeback to win the third set 17-15, gaining gold in the process.
With Spiral players rushing the court to celebrate the win, their next move will be rushing to different colleges around the country, and coach Hosfeld couldn’t be happier.
“I am excited to see them go,” a still jubilant Hosfeld said. “I want to see them do well at the next level.”
For us at the BJNC, we are sad to see these two teams go, because they were sure fun to watch.