A one set lapse was pretty much all that was needed to derail the podium hopes of the Northern Chill 14U Ice Storm girls, despite enjoying an otherwise all-around strong showing at the Provincial Cup - Trillium White F tournament in Newmarket last weekend.
Seeded first in the nine-team competition entering play on Saturday morning, the locals reinforced their ranking in pool play, handily disposing of both the Orillia Suns Pulsar (25-14, 25-7) and the Collingwood Black Diamonds (25-16, 25-16).
A 25-18 first set triumph in their quarter-final battle with the North Bay Lakers Blue may have sent a message that a trip to the final four was on cruise control. Unfortunately, their northern rivals turned the tables on the Chill, bouncing back to claim the final two sets, 24-26, 6-15.
Despite the disappointment, the Sudbury crew picked themselves back off the mat, sweeping past the host Storm Fury from Newmarket (25-22, 25-13) and ensuring themselves a fifth place finish.
"The girls really came together and worked as a team," noted head coach Sydney Coles. "They all set smart goals prior to the tournament and they achieved their individual goals throughout the day."
The Northern Chill U14 Ice Storm roster includes Arianna Melanson, Danica Fleming, Shae St-Onge, Mackenzie St Pierre, Marguerite Lefebvre, Mia Robson, Abby Laporte, Adasyn Radey, Emilia Rietze, Lucie Sloan, Sarah Teddy and coaches Sydney Coles and Megan Bell, as well as team manager Melissa St Onge.