A sluggish Saturday not good for Chill provincials
by Randy Pascal
A decent enough start to provincials gave way to a very sluggish Saturday for the Northern Chill 17U Girls, who could not get untracked before
being eliminated early Sunday morning.
Seeded 29th in the Division 2 field of 32 teams, the locals opened play in Pool H, pitted against opponents ranked between #20 and #28. That parity was
evident, as the Chill dropped their opener to the North Bay Lakers (#20), 21-25, 25-16, but rebounded with a three set win over the Barrie Elites
(#21), 22-25, 28-26, 15-11.
While day one would close on a losing note, there was no lack of competitiveness as the Clarington Grizzlies (#28) upended the Sudbury crew,
26-24, 25-20. Unfortunately, that did not appear to carry-over through to Saturday afternoon, with the Chill sliding into Pool GG, mixed in with E3, G4 and
F4, which seemed to offer the potential for some pretty good matchups.
The locals were swept aside by both the Etobicoke Waves (#30), 25-12, 25-22, and the Ottawa Phoenix (#18), 25-14, 25-14, but managed to
grab a set in their Saturday finale. The Venom Vipers (#32) from Richmond Hill prevailed 25-19, 20-25, 15-12, as the locals looked to regroup come
Division 2 Tier 2 playoff action the next morning.
Unfortunately, the weekend came to an abrupt conclusion, as the Chill fell victim to the Wildcats Tigers from Markham, 8-25, 16-25.
The 2017-2018 edition of the Northern Chill 17U team included Dara Desrochers, Jayden Rivers, Ryann Hudson, Taylor Bailey, Jaime Schweyer, Mallory
Frantz, Sydney Koehler, Erin Gaffney, Kate Dugdale and coach Kevin Wiseman.