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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
More ups than downs in season opening tournament
by Randy Pascal

It was an up and down day for the Northern Chill – Black 15U girls as 2018-2019 tournament play opened in Barrie, with the ups providing a solid base of optimism for the coaching staff, moving forward.

Nothing remained true to form in pool play as the Chill earned a split in the morning, outscoring Defensa White 14U (Burlington) 19-25, 25-18, 15-8, but dropping a 15-25, 9-25 decision to the Georgian Cubs - Koda (Barrie), only to see Defensa sweep past the Cubs in straight sets. The net result would leave the Sudbury girls slotted into third place, locked into a pre quarter-final cross-over match with the North Bay Lakers.

With the confidence of a 25-18, 25-11 victory over their northern rivals (Lakers) tucked away in their hip pockets, the Chill gave the eventual silver medal winning Georgian cubs - Kodiaks all they could handle, succumbing 22-25, 19-25 in a contest that featured an eight point service run by Kayla Presley. “The girls had an amazing attitude and drive in that game, never giving up and always pushing forward,” noted head coach Phil Brown.

Unfortunately, the battle left the northern crew emotionally drained, coming up short in their 5/7th match-up, outlasted 13-25, 25-14, 15-10 by the Georgian Cubs – Koda, as the defensive work of Emma Vaillancourt drew rave reviews from the coaching staff.

Attacker Roma Cormier also enjoyed a strong start to her club season, nailing some impressive kills right out of the gate. “We are proud of the girls for showing great attitude throughout the day,” said Brown. “The first tournament is always the most rusty, and we know the girls will continue to improve over the season.”

Rounding out the Northern Chill 15 Black team roster are Anya Dowe, MaKayla Mirka, Molly Lafantaisie, Kaija Grubber, Brielle Depatie, Mia Renaud, Zoe St-Jean, Hayley Bertrand, Megan Merrylees and assistant coach Tess Peterson.

The team is back in action this coming Saturday, taking part in 15U Girls Challenge Cup - Trillium Green C tournament play in Richmond Hill.

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