Within the standard format of a typical OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) tournament, Pool "A" placement can be a double-edged sword. Finish first in your three team grouping and you enjoy the perfect draw for quarter-final play. Slide into second place, and a tougher match awaits you, battling the top team in Pool "C".
The latter was no big deal, apparently, for the Northern Chill 17U Chill Factor boys, competing last month in Barrie. Though the Sudbury lads handled the Georgetown Impact Avengers easily enough in the morning (25-15, 25-15), a setback at the hands of the North Bay Lakers (22-25, 17-25) would make their pathway to the final four somewhat more daunting.
No matter, as the Chill would dig deep, slipping past Reach Nexus of Richmond Hill, 26-24, 16-25, 16-14 to squeeze their way into medal contention. Facing a second straight Richmond Hill adversary, the locals went toe to toe with the Thundercats Legacy, falling just short in a 20-25, 25-18, 11-15 loss.
Time, however, to extract a bit of revenge on a northern foe. With bronze medals on the line, the 17U boys swept past the North Bay Lakers, 25-21, 25-22, and now prepare to host their next tournament, at St Charles College, this Saturday, March 7th.
"Throughout the day, the team received consistent hitting from Noah Perreault and solid blocking from Greg Mrochek," noted head coach James Schweyer. The balance of the 2019-2020 17U Chill Factor roster features Joshua Gascon, Miguel Levac, Cameron Showers, Callum Patterson, Ian Mackey, Jacob Schweyer, Alex Giguere, Mathieu Lemieux, Tyler Roussel and Zak Thompson.