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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
Bugarski Cup a precursor to provincials
by Randy Pascal

The Northern Chill 18U girls likely enjoyed day one of the recent Bugarski Cup in Barrie much more than day two. Competing in a rare two-day OVA sanctioned tournament, coach Heather Hastie and company found themselves seeded second in Pool “A”, a gathering of five teams (with an equal number in Pool “B”).

That ranking was exactly where the northern crew would finish following four matches of two sets apiece versus each of the remaining entries in their bracket. The Chill were a tad stagnant in their opening encounter, splitting their match with the EVP Eagles (Oakville), 23-25, 25-22, providing their adversary with their only set victory of the day.

From there, the Sudbury girls powered past a pair of Barrie-based clubs, sweeping aside both the Georgian Cubs – White (25-19, 25-18) and the Barrie Elites HP (25-14, 25-23), before facing the top ranked Georgetown Impact.

The Impact looked very much the part of pre-tournament favourites, defeating the Chill 25-17, 25-14 to close out Saturday action with a record of 8-0. With their mark of 5-3, the locals would start day two with a quarter-final tilt opposite the Collingwood Black Diamonds. The Chill came up short, dropping sets by scores of 23-25, 17-25, and now looking to secure a fifth place finish, at best.

That, however, was not meant to be as the Georgian Cubs - White avenged their results from the previous day, besting the Chill 25-20, 25-16. The oldest of the local volleyball club contingent will now prepare for their OVA provincials in Kitchener-Waterloo, their tournament set for the weekend of April 26th to 28th.

The 2018-2019 Northern Chill 18U girls are Jayden Rivers, Sydney Koehler, Dara Desrochers, Erin Gaffney, Jaime Schweyer, Kate Dugdale, Mallory Frantz, Ryann Hudson, Taylor Bailey and assistant coach Kristen Sheffield.

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