Northern Ontario volleyball pride was alive and well at the recent 18U Girls Provincial Cup – Championship C tournament in Barrie, as a pair of rivals in these parts secured two of the three podium placings.
Seeded second entering the event, the Northern Chill 18U girls earned a morning split, dimming the Orillia Suns – Prominence 25-23, 25-19, but unable to conquer the Reach Matrix from Toronto (18-25, 24-26).
Matched against the second place team in Pool “C”, the Chill pushed aside the Durham Attack – Velocity, 25-22, 25-17, earning a shot at a medal in their first OVA competition of the season.
A berth in the final, however, was not to be, as the Thundercats Blaze from Richmond Hill outlasted the Sudbury girls, 24-26, 25-19, 15-13, consigning the locals to the bronze medal game. There, the Chill would ensure themselves a more pleasant ride home, emerging victorious in a titanic battle, 25-21, 24-26, 15-13 over the Kingston Rock Grey, a result that earned the team third place accolades.
Meanwhile, in the gold medal game, the North Bay Lakers swept aside the Thundercats Blaze, 25-16, 25-21, making it two of three for the north in the medal count in Barrie.
The 18U Northern Chill roster for 2019-2020 features Lauren Jeanneault, Symantha Welsh, Emma Squires, Samia Poulin, Amy Connelly, Erika Brown, Sydney Koehler, Jayme Landry, Brielle Chicoine, Katie Staffen, Sami Dunlop and Amber Jacques.
Head coach Heather Hastie and assistant coach Kristen Sheffield will now prepare the club’s flagship team for their next tournament on the schedule, with the 18U girls crew reconvening on Saturday, December 17th.