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Friday, Mar. 22, 2019
Chill not feeling at all Blue about silver medal performance
2018-12-22
by Randy Pascal

Four straight wins, including a pair against two teams representing one of their northern rivals propelled the Northern Chill 15U Blue girls to a silver medal performance as the locals enjoyed a rare chance to perform at home.

Competing at St Benedict Catholic Secondary School in the 16U Provincial Cup – Trillium White H tournament, the Chill produced a workmanlike effort in the morning, sweeping all four games against the West Nipissing Wild (25-20, 25-19) and the Barrie Elites HP (25-14, 25-21).

The first test of true adversity would come in their cross-over encounter as the Chill spotted the Vision Volleyball 15U girls an 18-25 opening set loss, showing their true colours in the final two sets, posting victories of 25-13 and 15-8.

With one North Bay squad taken care of, it was on to the Vision Volleyball 16U crew and quarter-final action. Trailing 18-10 in the opening set, the Sudbury reps rallied to deadlock the contest at 23-23, drawing first blood with a 25-23 win.

No surprise that the fellow northerners had some fight in them, taking the second set 25-17, before the Chill closed out a back and forth deciding set with a 16-14 triumph over the Vision. Meeting the Barrie Elites Black in the final, the locals were adament that they could push the #1 seed to at least a 20-point game, something no other team had done the entire day.

While the Northern Chill Blue 15U squad might have been forced to settle for silver, they did so with their heads held high, battling the Barrie bombers in back to back set defeats of 23-25 and 16-25. “Our team just wouldn't give up on anything,” noted head coach Joanna Castonguay. “It was really inspiring to see them work so hard, so well as a team.”

Alexa Gordon has shown considerable improvement defensively,” added Castonguay. “She kept the ball off the floor in many key moments.” The long-time Chill coach has also noted the growth in the defensive part of the game with Brianne Perreault.

“She is tracking and reading the ball better, which is giving her more time to be in the proper position,” said Castonguay. With the medal winning performance clearly encompassing a complete team effort, the bench boss would be remiss not to also mention Alexia Lemay-Evans, Emma Coutu, Erin Wiseman, Grace Perrier, Haven Fournier, Mackenzie Selk, Rory Frantz and Sophie Gaffney.

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