The competition might have believed they were saved by the bell, but when the volleyball resumed in earnest, the Northern Chill 13U Smashers had achieved their goal in their first tournament of the 2019-2020 season.
The opening match of the day was an eventful one for the locals in Barrie last weekend. Tied at 28-28 in the second set with Vision Volleyball from North Bay, the Chill would see the contest delayed due to a fire alarm, returning a short while later, but falling in three sets, 25-20, 28-30, 6-15.
Time to re-focus as the Sudbury squad secured second place in Pool “B” with a 25-12, 25-16 victory over the Georgian Cubs - Hurricanes from Barrie. The team was not about to slow down in the quarter-finals, guaranteeing themselves a top four finish with a 25-21, 25-20 triumph over the Barrie Elites Strikers.
Thanks, in part, to hard serves courtesy of Abby Laurin, and the exceptional defence of Olivia Nicholls, the Chill were ready to test themselves against the top team at the Provincial Cup - Trillium E tournament.
Despite suffering a 13-25, 25-21, 6-15 setback to the powerful Titans Hyperion from Toronto, the talented team under the guidance of coaches Guy Perreault and Cindy Seguin earned the distinction of being the only team to take a set from the eventual gold medal winners.
That knowledge would spur the Smashers to victory in their final outing, sweeping past the North Bay Lakers 25-22, 25-19, and returning home as bronze medalists. Celebrating her 12th birthday, Reece Crane noted that this was the best present that she could have asked for, one that she could share with her entire team.
The remainder of the U13 Chill - Smashers roster this year features Kaylee Seguin, Alyssa Banks, Andrea Bernard, Anna Houle, Kahlan Bellaire, Payton Vendetti and Emma Perreault. The Northern Chill Smashers will now compete in the Championship bracket in their next tournament.