It might be a bit of a stretch, but the silver lining in this less than ideal close to a season of competitive volleyball, for the Northern Chill 16U Superstacks boys team, might well lie in the fact that the local crew finished on a high.
A silver medal performance at their final tournament of the year began with a round robin sweep of Reach Alpha from Richmond Hill (25-22, 25-16), followed by a much tougher victory over the Storm Inferno from Aurora (27-29, 25-23, 15-6).
With twelve teams attending the McGregor Cup - Trillium B tournament in Uxbridge (versus the more traditional nine team field at most OVA events), the Superstacks could wait for the winner of a pre quarter-final game, eventually disposing of 41SIX Black from Toronto in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16.
The ability to prevail in games that come right down to the wire was evident in the semi-finals, as the Northern Chill lads trimmed the Ottawa Fusion - Black 25-23, 25-23, guaranteeing the team no worse than a second place finish at the late February competition.
With very little left in the tank, the Chill was overwhelmed by an impressive Markham Unity Ice unit, beaten 15-25, 15-25.
The Sudbury Superstacks squad marshaled the talents of Miguel Leclair, Jude Caruso, Noah Squires, Ashten Lachance, Keegan Ryan, Kyle Perreault, Owen Pawluk, Harrison Wilson, Aiden Carlson, Jacob Lamothe, Ashton Eadie-Chartrand and Mikaio Walia, as well as coaches Nathan Squires and Guy Perreault, and team manager Ginette Leclair.