Quite a roll for 12U Chill at the end of the day
by Randy Pascal
Sure, it was a little bit of the luck of the draw, but the Northern Chill 12U girls were more than a little giddy to head back to Sudbury riding
a six set winning streak at the tail-end of their first ever OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) tournament action earlier this month in Sturgeon
Though they would not know it at the time, the local court crew tackled a schedule that was somewhat front-end loaded, as all eight teams that were
participating got a taste of club play with a random ten-set round robin series of games.
The Chill opened with a split against the Maverick Spurs from Ottawa (25-22, 22-25), but were swept aside in game two by the Georgian Cubs –
Nanuq in Barrie (17-25, 20-25), the team that would top the standings at the end of the day with an impressive record of 9-1.
From there, it was time to make winning a habit for the Sudbury girls, upending the Barrie Elites (26-24, 25-19), Orillia Suns – Galaxy
(25-18, 25-16) and North Bay Lakers (25-15, 25-4). Their final mark of 7-3 ranked the team third overall, behind only both the Georgian Cubs - Nanuq
and Georgian Cubs – Pandas.
“It's incredible to see the amount of improvement in each and every one of the girls in the few short months we have been training,” noted head coach
Liandra Hunt. “The girls are learning the basics of the game at this level, but they still came out and showed that they can compete, that they are
ready to compete.”
Within the context of an outstanding team performance, a pair of players caught the eyes of coaches at tournament #1. “Kayiesha Thomas came out
strong, serving bullets and making it difficult for the other teams to return the ball,” noted Hunt.
“And Kaylee Séguin made sure the ball never hit the floor, doing everything in her power to keep it up.” The remaining members of the youngest
Chill team in the fold include Abby Laurin, Alyssa Banks, Andréa Bernard, Arianna Thibodeau, Cassandra Lapensée, Emma Perreault, Kiersten Goudreau, Myla
Dowe, Sophia Allen and coaches Liandra Hunt and Hailey Chisholm.