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Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018
Five straight wins on the heels of six straight losses
by Randy Pascal

The Northern Chill 16U Girls are extremely thankful that Provincial Championship weekend finished far better than it started. After waiting until their sixth match of the tournament to finally hit the win column, the Chill started a streak of their own in the opposite direction.

Four victories on Sunday would spell gold medals for coach Joanna Castonguay and company, who must have sensed day one would not go well, after being awaken at their hotel for several hours overnight thanks to recurring alarms.

The bleary-eyed crew struggled on Friday, losing to the Niagara Rapids Black (15-25, 13-25), the York Venom Vipers (16-25, 21-25) and the Windsor Bandits – Black (25-19, 21-25, 15-17).

Saturday “Power Pool” play would see the Chill fall to both the Burlington Dynamo Corinthians (15-25, 20-25) and Oakville Thunder – Blue (25-18, 12-25, 13-15), before earning the right to celebrate at the expense of the Forest City VC – Blue (London) by a final count of 23-25, 25-19, 16-14.

The carry-over to Sunday was noticeable, as the northern girls kicked things off with a sweep of the Peterborough Thunder (25-20, 27-25), before eliminating the Forest City VC – Green 25-22, 25-15.

No slowing down the Chill express in the semis, as Sudbury sweeps past the Cambridge Scorpions Fusion 25-15, 25-20, earning their gold medals in Division 2 Tier 2 play against the Aurora Storm Fury, 26-24, 24-26, 15-12.

“Although our tournament didn’t start off as we hoped, we progressively got better every game,” noted coach Castonguay. “Sunday was a real team effort. We were tough to beat the end of the game, with a back row full of serving and defensive specialists.”

The 2016-2017 16U Chill roster included Isabella Adams, Ryann Hudson, Isabelle Moreau, Jaime Schweyer, Mallory Frantz, Milenna Gigliotti, Erin Gaffney, Sydney Koehler, Dara Desrochers, Jayden Rivers, Geneviève Gauthier, Kate Dugdale and coaches Joanna Castonguay and Claudette Loranger.

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