Proficient pool play needs momentum to medal matchups
by Randy Pascal
For a third straight tournament, the Northern Chill 18U Girls emerged at the top of their pool following round robin play. And for a third
straight tournament, that momentum was not enough to propel the Sudbury squad into a medal game later in the day.
Competing in a four team pool at the Bugarski Cup in Barrie late last month, the Chill swept aside both the Galaxy Vortex 17U Toronto crew
(25-14, 25-16) and Evolution Volleyball Club from Pickering (29-27, 26-24), squeezing a split with the Georgian Cubs from Barrie (22-25,
25-18) in between.
Crossing over against the second place team in pool “A”, the Chill dropped a close 24-26, 23-25 decision to the Selects ‘00 from Brampton,
relegated to a battle to determine 5th and 7th place. The locals returned to their winning ways in the final encounter of the day, downing the ACTS
Elites from Orangeville, 25-17, 25-21.
Mykayla Beeson celebrated her birthday in style on the day of the tournament, running a string of seven straight scoring serves, while Tasia
Lachapelle showcased her on-going improvement over the course of the season, and Brooke Whittaker chipped in with some outstanding blocks.
The balance of the Northern Chill 18U roster that will close out their season at OVA provincials on April 21st and 22nd encompasses Teri Patrick,
Teagan Langis, Emilie Laberge, Taylor Wilkinson and Hailey Mauro, as well as coaches Heather Walker and Kristin Sheffield.