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Friday, Mar. 22, 2019
Bronze medal performance a good measuring stick for locals
2018-12-16
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 contest.

“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 finish.”

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.

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