Maybe the Northern Chill Whiteout U18 Boys were pushing their luck, just a little.
After sweeping four straight sets from the Peterborough Thunderbolts in their last tournament in December in Waterloo, the Chill would run into the very same opponent in a key quarter-final battle, once again, last month in Oshawa.
Though fortunes were not on their side this time around, the locals came back swinging, capturing their final two matches of the day and settling for a fifth place finish in a field of eight teams at the McGregor Cup - Championship C tournament hosted at Maxwell Heights.
Morning pool play only served to display just how tightly grouped the competing teams were, the Sudbury crew earning a split with the Kingston Rock Grey (20-25, 25-21) and the Barrie Elites Galaxy (25-12, 23-25), with a two set loss to Ottawa Fusion Red (24-26, 16-25) squeezed in between.
The third matchup of the year versus Peterborough would see the Bolts earn a little revenge, upending the Chill Whiteout 25-19, 25-19. From there, consolation play would find the northern reps vanquishing both the Markham Unity East (25-14, 25-18) and the Barrie Elites Galaxy (25-17, 25-18), as the team prepares for Furlani Cup - Championship A playdown action in Hamilton this weekend.
Despite missing a few players to injury and dressing just seven for this particular tournament, coach Dale Beausoleil was pleased with the effort. "I thought the boys played extremely well, just had a bit of a letdown against Peterborough," he said. "The team is improving."
In just their second year with the Northern Chill Volleyball Club, the 18U boys team encompasses Eric Dissanayake, Ryan Deresti, Jaden Martin, David Pigozzo, Laydon Bursey, Logan Nicholls, Parker Farstad, Mathieu Beauchamp and Jason Diotte.