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(picture not found) This past Sunday marked the close of the OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) Provincial Championships as all 15 of the teams representing the Northern Chill Volleyball Club made their way to the year-end tournaments, the majority, but not all of which were hosted at RIM Park in Kitchener-Waterloo.

And while the accomplishments of the Chill Subzero U16 Girls team have already been noted and celebrated (silver medal winners in Division I - a historic first for the club), they were not the only crew to get more than their money's worth in the third and final day of the all-Ontario playdowns.

Also returning home with OVA medals are the Northern Chill Overchill 15U Boys, who entered Division 1 play ranked 30th in the province and posted a 4-2 record in the first two days, maintaining their #30 slot in a Tier 3 bracket that ranged from #25 to #36 in the province.

The Chill lads went the full three sets in the first three games of the final day, defeating both the LVC (London Volleyball Club) Fire Burn (21-25, 27-25, 15-5) and the Titans Excalibur from Toronto (24-26, 25-22, 15-9) before dropping their semi-final to the Peterborough Thunder (21-25, 21-25).

But with a podium placement still on the line, the Sudbury reps dug deep, again going the distance in an 18-25, 25-16, 15-10 triumph over 41SIX Gold from Toronto.

"The three words that most easily sum up the play of the U15 boys Overchill team are: tenacity, trust and teamwork," noted head coach Cassie MacKinnon. "In the past month, the players have really started to gel on and off the court and the evidence was seen as the points just kept coming."

"After being kept out of the medal rounds during the regular season, it was nice to get back to the podium," she added. "I was very proud of these guys making people take notice of our little northern club."

The 2021-2022 roster for the 15U Overchill boys is as follows: Mackenzie Alisappi, Logyn Bernard, Mathieu Berthiaume, Brayden Bertrand, Nicolas Dalcourt, Cash Duchesne-Milne, Gabriel Larocque, Davis MacKinnon, Owen Perron, Dax Lamoureux, Will Mackey, coach Cassie MacKinnon, trainer Brian MacKinnon and team manager Jennifer Bernard.

Just back of them, the Northern Chill Ice Storm U16 Girls (Division 3 Tier 2) fell to the Lakeside - Shujaas (24-26, 14-25) while the Northern Chill Crushers - 15U Girls (Division 3 Tier 2) also lost their final contest, this one to the Chatham Ballhawks (20-25, 10-25) as both northern squads settled for fourth place in their final brackets.

Some of the local teams started very quickly but had trouble finishing things off when it was do or die time on day two or three, including both of the groups that graduate the bulk of their players from the youth club system this year.

The Northern Chill Norsemen U18 Boys entered Division 2 play seeded 16th and reeled off six straight wins to start their two day event, jumping all the way to the top seed for day two.

Unfortunately, an untimely and exhausting 28-30, 27-25, 12-15 loss to Unity Ice (Markham) would bring that positive streak to a screeching halt.

It was a somewhat similar story for the Northern Chill Black Ice 18U Girls (#10 - in Division 2), who won two of three on day one and swept all three matches on day two to start the elimination day still seeded 10th in their Tier I pool.

Once again, it was Unity of Markham doing the damage, this time by a final score of 16-25, 25-13, 15-8, sending the Chill seniors packing.

The fifth ranked team in Division 2 play entering provincials, the Northern Chill Smashers 15U Girls bumped up one slot after a 3-0 showing on day one, then slid back to #6 after recording just one win in three encounters on day two.

Still, it was disappointing to be sure to fall victim to the 11th seed Storm Tornado from Aurora, beaten 17-25, 23-25 on day three.

Others in that .500 range and out included the Northern Chill Blue Vortex TNS Girls and Northern Chill Frost U17 Boys, both of whom went 3-3 to kick things off but were one and done on day three.

Rounding out the Northern Chill contingent were the Northern Chill Black Vortex TNS Girls (2-4), the Northern Chill Glaciers TNS Boyds (1-5 - but knocked out in three sets in the Tier 3 quarter-finals on day three), the Northern Chill Avalanche 17U Girls (2-4) as well as the 6 v 6 youngsters: Northern Chill Black Cyclones (Division 1), Northern Chill Heat Wave (Division 2) and Northern Chill Blue Cyclones (Division 3).

While a couple of Chill teams will head to nationals (Canadian Championships for club volleyball are not subject to a qualifying process - teams which are interested may participate), the bulk of the squads will officially close out their season at the Northern Chill Evening of Excellence to be hosted on May 27th at the Caruso Club.

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