Dealing with change at early season tournament
by Randy Pascal
The only constant was change for the Northern Chill 16U girls, as they opened the OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) 2018-2019
tournament season in Barrie. A new player, players moving positions, and the introduction of a libero to the system would create an environment whereby
coach Sheldon Root was simply looking for each set to be better than the last.
And while that did not necessarily translate to a glut of victories, Root was not the least bit deterred. “”When the girls were able to get momentum,
the result was promising,” he said. “Finishing sets will be a priority moving forward, along with creating some consistency, from rally to rally.”
The need for both traits was evident early in the day as the Chill placed third in pool play, following losses to both the Georgian Cubs – Prime
from Barrie (18-25, 15-25) and the Thundercats – Black from Richmond Hill (22-25, 22-25).
Battling a fellow third place team, the locals still could not get completely untracked, dropping a 22-25, 19-25 decision to the Milton Edge.
Looking to avoid a ninth place finish, the Chill bested E381 – Alisa from Etobicoke (25-18, 25-14), before closing off the day with a 12-25, 20-25
loss at the hands of the Evolution 15U girls from Pickering.
“With so many changes this year, it can take some time to get the team chemistry going,” noted coach Root. “This team is dedicated, not only to the
sport, but to their development. They are players, ready to become competitors.”
The 2018-2019 edition of the Northern Chill 16U squad encompasses Maggy Davidson, Sydney Nicholls, Emily Ayotte, Julianna Toppazzini, Isabelle
Scratch, Kyla-Sky Parsons, Fyscher McQueen, Hannah Nordquist, Faith Charbonneau, Josée Beauchamp and Danielle Stinson, along with head coach
Sheldon Root and assistant coach Stacy Carter.