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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
Pre-tournament top rankings hold completely true to form
by Randy Pascal

It's not very often that pre-tournament rankings for OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) events hold completely true, right across the podium placements, but that was exactly the case with the Northern Chill 13U Blue girls and their opponents, competing at the Provincial Cup – Trillium G playdowns two weekends ago in Orillia.

Thankfully for head coach Jason Nicholls and company, his team was seeded second only to the Etobicoke Titans Crius entering play that Saturday morning.

The locals cruised through pool play with straight set victories over both the Vision Volleyball Blue (25-18, 25-9) from North Bay, and the Georgian Cubs (25-14, 25-19) from Barrie. Still no taste of defeat in their quarter-final match as the Chill cooled off the Orillia Suns – Heat 25-12, 25-6.

It was on to the final four as the northern reps continued to roll, sweeping past the Barrie Elites Black 25-18, 25-18. In fact, it was only in the gold medal encounter, facing the tournament's #1 seed, that the Chill came up just a little short, beaten 25-22 in back to back games by the Etobicoke Titans Crius (seeded third, the Barrie Elites Black claimed bronze).

“The key to our success was the strong and consistent passing and setting from all players,” noted coach Nicholls. “Mia Lemay-Evans had an amazing tournament, dominating at the net with key blocks and strong attacks. Also showing her hitting prowess was Fannie Gauthier, who always seemed to turn heads when she connected.”

“A newcomer to the team, Shae St-Onge contributed each time she was on the floor with great passing and defensive movement.” The remainder of the 2018-2019 edition of the Northern Chill 13U Blue crew is comprised of Hannah Kirwan, Manon Charbonneau, Abbey Ayotte, Alyssa Nicholls, Jenelle Rancourt, Madison Roy and Marley Tremblay.

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