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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
17U Chill boys silence the Thunder
by Randy Pascal

It was a given that the introduction of a boys component to the Northern Chill Volleyball Club family this winter was going to prove most challenging to the eldest of the new teams being launched. The reality for the Chill 17U Boys is that the bulk of the teams they are facing have had the benefit of OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) tournament experience, likely from age 14 on up.

Given this landscape, it's hard to fault head coach James Schweyer for expressing a degree of satisfaction as his team moved up ever so slightly, from their pre-tournament seeding (10th) to their post-tournament finish (9th), with the majority of his players tasting OVA competition for the very first time.

There would be no grace period for the newcomers as the Chill dropped their opening match, 15-25, 15-25, to the Maverick Longhorns from Ottawa, the team that would go on to win it all at the 12-squad event.

Undaunted, the Sudbury lads came back to earn a split of their pool games, outlasting the Peterborough Thunder 25-21, 23-25, 15-10. Another three set battle as the Chill fall to Pegasus from Kingston in their cross-over encounter, with a final linescore of 21-25, 25-23, 6-15.

Ironically, this result would loop the northern crew right back to the Thunder, as the locals closed out the day with a 25-23, 25-21 win over Peterborough, securing a share of ninth place. “I thought the team played extremely well for their first OVA tournament,” said coach Schweyer. “We passed the ball reasonably well, ran the middle well, and served hard at times.”

“Some of the players were asked to play positions they had little experience with, and they did a solid job. I'm excited to see how the team develops over the course of the next couple of tournaments.”

The first edition of the Northern Chill 17U boys team encompasses Eric Dissanayake, Ryan Deresti, Jaden Martin, Kepler Salt, Greg Mrochek, David Pigozzo, Laydon Bursey, Logan Nicholls, Jacob Schweyer, Parker Farstad and Miguel Levac.

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