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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
A rare U.S.-based opponent for Northern Chill
by Randy Pascal

The uniqueness of competing against a whole slew of unfamiliar faces will have to constitute the best takeaway of the weekend that was the 18U Girls McGregor Cup – Trillium C tournament for members of the senior crew of the Northern Chill Volleyball Club.

The locals earned a split in pool play, stopping the Seaway Smash out of St Lawrence County in upstate New York by identical scores of 25-19, 25-19. Seeded top in their pool, the Chill faltered at the tail end of their match-up with Evolution from Pickering, beaten 23-25, 25-23, 7-15.

The Chill suffered a second straight setback, swept aside by scores of 18-25, 19-25 by the Clarington Grizzlies in quarter-final play. Vying to secure fifth place and settle in the middle of the nine team field, the Chill came close but fell short, dropping a 25-22, 25-27, 9-15 decision to the Seaway Smash in a do-over of their first game of the day in Pembroke.

“This was definitely not the outcome we were hoping for this weekend, but we came away with some positives, as a whole,” noted head coach Heather Hastie. “Moving forward, hopefully we can use this as a learning experience, moving forward, to help us focus and get into the right mindset as we move further into the season.”

Among the positive takeaways was the serve receive work of Chill veteran Mallory Frantz, who “set a nice tone throughout the day, putting our attack in good position to score,” in the words of coach Hastie.

Rounding out the 2018-2019 edition of the Northern Chill U18 Girls squad are Dara Desrochers, Taylor Bailey, Erin Gaffney, Sydney Koehler, Jaime Schweyer, Ryann Hudson, Jayden Rivers, Kate Dugdale and assistant coach Kristen Sheffield.

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