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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018
A touch of lethargy enough to derail podium finish
by Randy Pascal

Just a touch of post-lunch lethargy was all it would take to derail the Northern Chill 15U Girls hopes for a podium finish in their first tournament of the OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) season.

After finishing first in their pool a couple of weeks back in Lindsay, the Chill came close to taking down rivals Vision Volleyball from North Bay, eventually falling in three sets and settling for fifth place in the field of 12 teams.

First tournament nerves aside, the Chill opened with victories over the Aurora Storm Cyclones 14U crew (25-22, 25-17) and host Kawartha Krushers Vets (25-18, 17-25, 15-9), earning a berth directly into the quarter-finals.

That was where the locals would meet the Vision, staging a back and forth battle that finished 26-24, 13-25, 15-7 in favour of the North Bay girls. Looking to close things off on a high, coach Joanna Castonguay and company did just that, stopping the Georgian Bay Vista from Midland 23-25, 25-14, 15-6.

“We are really excited to have this group of athletes on this team, and we see a ton of potential,” noted Castonguay in her post-event analysis. “Our highlight of the day was without question our serve receive, which is normally a more difficult skill to develop.”

Juliana Toppazzini had a great day and really led our serve receive, while Faith Charbonneau did a great job of putting pressure on our opponents with really tough serving.” The team will enjoy one of their shorter trips of the year for the upcoming Challenge Cup tournament, joining 11 other teams in North Bay this coming weekend.

The balance of the Chill roster is comprised of Maggy Davidson, Emily Ayotte, Kiera Brabant, Josée Beauchamp, Isabelle Scratch, Kyla Parsons, Fyscher McQueen, Bella Martelli, Sydney Nicholls and Danielle Stinson.

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