A full team effort leads local girls to gold
by Randy Pascal
But for a minor bump in the road in the morning, the Northern Chill 15U – Blue girls would have to consider their McGregor Cup – Championship
“C” performance in Stouffville as near perfect.
Their reward in winning gold at the nine team event comes in March, as the locals move up to face Select Division competition as a lead-in to
provincials. As it turned out, pool play at their latest event was no walk in the park, the Chill taking their first outing, 25-20, 25-23, over the Storm
Cyclones from Aurora, but losing to Markham Unity North, 13-25, 19-25.
The setback only seemed to motivate the Sudbury girls even more, as the Chill – Blue crew swept aside Vision Volleyball from North Bay 25-18,
25-21, earning their place in the final four.
With the outcome of games coming down to just a few key rallies, the locals rose to the occasion, besting the Storm Tsunami (Aurora) 12-25, 25-23,
17-15 in the semis, and winning it all with a 22-25, 25-19, 15-11 victory over the Durham Attack – Explosion.
“We stuck to our game plan throughout the morning,” noted Chill head coach Joanna Castonguay. “The entire day, especially the afternoon, was a
full team effort. Sophie Gaffney put in tough serves at key points, and her communication got us out of a lot of out of system plays.”
“Rory Frantz' commitment to defence in the playoff games made a huge impact,” added Castonguay. “Her leadership throughout the day was
unparalleled. Moving up to “Select” in March will be a wonderful opportunity to push ourselves to the next level.”
Alexia Lemay-Evans, Alexa Gordon, Brianne Perreault, Emma Coutu, Haven Fournier, Erin Wiseman, Mackenzie Selk and Grace Perrier join
Gaffney and Frantz in forming the Northern Chill 15U – Blue team for 2018-2019.