Depth of Sudbury volleyball talent evident with 14U Chill
by Randy Pascal
Creating a second Northern Chill team, at any level, by necessity involves introducing newcomers to the sport, at least at this level of
competition. With a pair of OVA tournaments now behind them, the Chill 14U Blue girls are showing signs of reaping the rewards for all of the work
they have put in to date.
For the second straight event, the locals finished in the top half of the draw, sliding into fourth place at the Challenge Cup – Trillium “E”
showcase last month in Orillia. The Sudbury reps kicked things off with a three set win over the Vision Volleyball 13U girls from North Bay, 12-25,
They earned a split in game two, trading sets with the Georgian Cubs – Koda, 12-25, 25-18, settling for second place in their pool. Quarter-final
play would see the Chill earn a berth in the medal round, sweeping past the Phoenix Flames (13U) from Toronto, 26-24, 25-15.
Unfortunately, coach Denny Chicoine and company would come up short in their final two matches, falling to both the Barrie Elites – Blue
(22-25, 11-25) and the North Bay Lakers (16-25, 15-25). Still, there was no lack of positivity from coach and staff with two tournaments in the
“We’re very fortunate to have two Chill 14U teams this season, with great interest amongst this age group,” stated Chicoine. “The 14U Blue team has
grown in skill, abilities, determination and team successes.”
No surprise then that individual highlights should follow. “Mia Renaud has been a leader, in both practices and games, and Roma Cormier
is calm, cool and collected on the court, and a force at the net with her big blocks.”
“Kaija Grubber has a killer serve and pounded out some hard hits in both tournaments, while Molly Lafantaisie has maintained a positive
attitude, on and off the court, always encouraging her team and never giving up. Another team leader, Elizabeth Hughes has the serve receive down
pat, and Zoe St Jean made some incredible saves and is not afraid to hit the floor.”
Rounding out the Northern Chill 14 Blue team roster are Vanessa Gauthier, Anya Dowe, Emma Vaillancourt, Sydney Jokinen, Megan Merrylees and
Jade Green, as well as coaches Denny Chicoine and Renée Green.