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Sunday, May. 19, 2019
Bugarski Cup action in sight for Northern Chill Blue crew
by Randy Pascal

They may be young, but the Northern Chill 13U – Blue girls have very quickly become quite battle tested.

Competing one category up at a 14U tournament in Barrie, the locals placed first in their pool, bounced the Barrie Elites – Blue in quarter final action (25-13, 25-27, 15-10), lost a tough three set dogfight to the Phoenix Blaze from Toronto (20-25, 25-20, 8-15) in the semis, but took down the Georgian Cubs – Power (25-18, 25-11) for bronze.

That challenge proved helpful just a few weeks later as the 13U Blue crew returned to their own age bracket, this time for McGregor Cup – Championship “B” competition, second only to Premier grouping play in Ontario.

Though the team was not firing completely on all cylinders early, the Sudbury squad did manage to finish top in their pool, once again, sweeping aside both the Georgian Cubs – Nanuq from Barrie (25-11, 25-13) as well as the Storm – Fire from Aurora (25-19, 27-25).

An inevitable hiccup would befall the team in the quarter-finals, bumped into the consolation bracket thanks to a 16-25, 25-19, 10-15 setback at the hands of the Leaside 12U – Red, before ensuring they would remain in the same category with a big 25-23, 25-19 triumph over the Pakmen – Black from Mississauga and the GTA.

Coach Jason Nicholls was thrilled with the continued progress of his troops, demonstrating improvement right across the roster, as he highlighted a handful of key contributors in both events.

“Madison Roy demonstrated her serving ability, serving tough and scoring several consecutive points, including a few aces, while Manon Charbonneau made her presence felt through some extraordinary coverage, keeping balls in play during key rallies,” said Nicholls.

“Alyssa Nicholls maintained a strong presence at the net, making valuable decisions where required, with her experience and talent a key asset to our team. Newcomer Marley Tremblay also played a key role by demonstrating tremendous defensive agility, prolonging rallies.”

“These tournaments have provided a valuable learning experience, and the team can now use the next few weeks to focus on some of our defensive gaps,” Nicholls added. The Chill will close out their pre-Provincial schedule on March 23rd, travelling to Scarborough for the Bugarski Cup – Championship “C” tournament.

Rounding out the 2018-2019 Northern Chill 13U Blue roster are Hannah Kirwan, Mia Lemay-Evans, Abbey Ayotte, Fannie Gauthier, Jenelle Rancourt, Shae St Onge and assistant coach Michelle Ayotte.

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