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Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
A day of contrasts for 18U Chill
2018-01-04
by Randy Pascal

The Northern Chill U18 Girls were a team of contrasts, closing out the 2017 OVA tournament season with a 7th place finish, just before Christmas, in Ottawa.

On the one hand, the locals gave the eventual gold medal winning team the only really stiff test they endured before the final, falling 23-25, 18-25 to the Maverick Broncos from the host city in their opening encounter. Conversely, the Sudbury girls also lost several tight matches in which a better outcome was not unrealistic.

“Overall, it was not the result we were hoping to come out with,” noted Chill head coach Heather Hastie. “There were a few hurdles throughout the day, but we came away with some good learning experiences and are working hard to be ready in every aspect of the game for our next tournament, come February.”

The Chill went winless in pool play, adding a 21-25, 25-27 setback at the hands of Evolution Blue from Toronto to their loss to the Broncos. Pitted against the 3rd place team in Pool “C”, the Chill failed to hit the win column in their cross-over game as the Galaxy Stars (Toronto) stopped the northern crew 25-17, 25-19.

Finally, a little more to cheer about as the Sudbury reps outlasted KVC (Kingston Volleyball Club) 25-19, 29-27, earning themselves one more match before hitting the road. And while they would once again keep it close, the Chill would find themselves on the wrong end of a 25-20, 15-25, 15-13 decision in their finale against the Thundercats from Richmond Hill.

“Setter Brooke Smith had a very consistent day, and Mikeala Richter was strong defensively, from our first match to the last,” said Hastie, noting some of the positives upon which she and the team will build now that they are back to practice in town.

Natasha Gervais, Christina Rorison, Samantha McGrath, Kayla Murray, Becca Hopkins, Sydney Coles, Alison Labrash, Tasia Lachapelle and Lexi Johnson constitute the balance of the 2017-2018 lineup for the Northern 18U Chill, with Lisa Carruthers providing a helping hand, on the coaching front, to Hastie.

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