Bronze medal performance a good measuring stick for locals
by Randy Pascal
Competing in the largest age bracket in the province, some 140 teams strong, the Northern Chill 14U Blue girls looked upon a season opening
Provincial Cup Trillium G tournament in Barrie as a great measuring stick.
Based on the results, head coach Glenn Murray is certainly feeling a sense of optimism as the new year arrives.
Despite being ranked eighth (of nine) entering the competition, the Chill wasted little time making a statement, taking down the second ranked
Georgian Cubs Power 25-16, 23-25, 15-9 early in the morning. Unfortunately, the locals came out flat in their second pool encounter, swept aside
in straight sets by the North Bay Lakers, 14-25, 13-25.
A key quarter-final match-up would propel the Sudbury squad directly into the final four, going the distance opposite the Orillia Suns Strikers,
but rising triumphant in the end by a final count of 25-21, 21-25, 15-5.
The see-saw pattern of the day continued into semi-final play as the Chill matched up against the gold-medal winning Leaside White crew, the
GTA reps looking impressive in stopping the northern girls 25-9, 25-6.
Thankfully, there was no lack of motivation as the Chill looked to rebound in their quest for bronze, with regional bragging rights on the line in a
rematch with the Lakers. A somewhat goofy affair would see coach Murray and company prevail, picking up a pair of close set wins in a 25-23, 4-25, 15-12
Shana Lessard came up big with her serves, and Kayla Bouffard showed us that defense does win games, noted Murray. Danyka
Cholette was a work horse who really came up big in the games that counted. I am very optimistic about our season, and can't wait to see where we
Rounding out the 2018-2019 team roster are Gabrielle Comeau, Emma Harris, Emily Audette, Ava Lamothe, Danika Chenier, Elliana Blackwell, Hannah
Crane, Kaja Beljo and Lindsay Murray.