Adding a little extra court time to the mix
by Randy Pascal
The hope, for the Northern Chill 15U – Blue girls, is that a little extra court time against some better than average competition will serve them
well. Taking advantage of a 16U Bugarski Cup tournament being hosted at St Charles College, the locals acquitted themselves quite well, most notably
with a strong performance in the morning.
The team topped their pool standings after sweeping to victory against both the Markham Thunder (25-11, 25-20) and the 16U Northern Chill
(25-17, 25-21), the team that would ultimately claim bronze at the event.
The one bump in the road occurred in the quarter-final as the youngsters were upset by Vision Volleyball 16U from North Bay (17-25, 17-25),
recovering to close the day out in style. Missing out on a top four placement, the 15U Chill still managed to maximize their result, taking down both the
Markham Thunder (25-16, 25-12), as well as the Storm Cyclones from Aurora (26-24, 25-20), securing fifth place in the process.
“Our goal of starting off the day well was accomplished,” noted Chill head coach Joanna Castonguay. “We played consistently well and with energy
throughout the morning. The first afternoon game lacked that energy. However, we were more impressed with how the girls responded for the rest of the day,
remaining positive and sticking together.”
“Mackenzie Selk's defensive energy helped carry us through some tense moments, and Alexa Gordon has improved every time she walks on the
floor. Their ability to change the momentum of the game is something that we have come to rely on.”
Joining Selk and Gordon on the Chill 15U – Blue crew are Sophie Gaffney, Haven Fournier, Brianne Perreault, Emma Coutu, Rory Frantz, Erin Wiseman,
Alexia Lemay-Evans and Grace Perrier.