Battle tested crew wins bronze in Richmond Hill
by Randy Pascal
The Northern Chill 15U – Black girls were battle tested, right out of the gate, at their most recent tournament in Richmond Hill. Thankfully,
that experience came in handy as the locals walked away from the Challenge Cup – Trillium Green “C” event with bronze medals in hand.
A back and forth affair in the ice-breaker would eventually go the way of the Sudbury crew, outlasting Leaside White – 14U 23-25, 25-16, 16-14,
and then securing first place in Pool B with a 25-23, 25-20 sweep of the Georgian Cubs – Koda from Barrie. “Starting the day off with a win really
set the tone for the rest of the day,” noted head coach Phil Brown.
A quarter-final match-up against the Waves – Blue from Etobicoke, a high energy team who enjoy being extremely vocal on the court, proved more
difficult than initially anticipated, though the Chill would prevail, 19-25, 25-16, 15-10.
“This game was one for the books,” said coach Brown. “The Waves came out strong, throwing the girls off, but we quickly rose to the challenge.” Now
through to the final four, the Chill would throw everything they had at the gold medal winning team, taking the Markham Revolution – Fury to three
sets before falling 25-17, 22-25, 7-15.
Though feeling the effects of four highly intense matches, the northern reps drew upon their reserves, securing a third place finish with a 25-20, 25-16
triumph over the Markham Revolution – Fire. The Chill showcased their versatility throughout the day, with Anya Dowe pushing the offense with
some well-placed short serves and Hayley Bertrand recording no less than four monster kills against the Cubs.
Defensively, both Kaija Grubber and Makyala Mirka excelled, with both young women really taking to heart the old volleyball adage that
“nothing hits the floor”. “This was a great way to end off the year, heading into the holidays,” stated assistant coach Tess Peterson. “Hopefully,
the girls can get some good R & R and come back in January, ready to keep moving forward.”
The 2018-2019 edition of the Northern Chill 15U – Black team is comprised of Kayla Presley, Molly Lafantaisie, Anya Dowe, Hayley Bertrand, Roma
Cormier, Brielle Depatie, Mia Renaud, Zoe St-Jean, Makayla Mirka, Kaija Grubber, Emma Vaillancourt and Megan Merrylees.