Furlani Cup a keeper for 18U Chill
by Randy Pascal
The Furlani Cup is a new offering within the OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) 18U itinerary this year. Based on their success in
Barrie, the Northern Chill 18U girls are likely all in favour of keeping it on the schedule.
The Chill would be tested in pool play, right out of the gate, slipping past the Georgian Cubs White from Barrie, 27-25, 25-19, in their opener,
and losing a tantalizingly close encounter to the North Bay Lakers 17U, 25-19, 13-25, 12-15, in game two.
With second place in Pool B facing second in Pool C in quarter-final play, the Sudbury girls were not about to be beaten, in back to back games, by
an underage crew. The Chill swept aside the Orillia Suns Eclipse (17U) 25-17, 25-16, guaranteeing the team a top four finish.
Pitted against the eventual gold medal winning Orillia Suns Prominence in one semi-final, the locals battled hard, before succumbing 14-25,
24-26. Unfortunately, coach Heather Hastie and company were unable to turn things around in time for the bronze medal match, as the Collingwood
Black Diamonds earned third place thanks to a 25-16, 25-21 victory.
We had some ups and downs throughout the day, but are beginning to play smarter volleyball, which is encouraging moving forward, said Hastie. We dealt
with a lot of adversity (key injuries) near the end of the day and didn't finish as strong as we wanted to, but there were lots of positives to build on.
Jayden Rivers had a strong, consistent offensive day, winning some key points at big moments, and Sydney Koehler came up with some timely
attacks and played good defense throughout the day, Hastie added.
The balance of the Chill 18U roster is comprised of Dara Desrochers, Erin Gaffney, Jaime Schweyer, Kate Dugdale, Mallory Frantz, Ryann Hudson, Taylor
Bailey and assistant coach Kristen Sheffield.