One last set of provincials for 18U Chill
by Randy Pascal
The Northern Chill 18U Girls will have to take solace in the fact that they posted a better than .500 mark in their final appearance at
provincials as a youth team. Despite winning four of their seven matches, the locals were one and out come the Sunday morning playoff round late last month
The Chill posted an unbeaten mark on day one of the competition, registering Friday afternoon victories over both the Etobicoke Waves – Blue
(25-23, 23-25, 15-9) and the Simcoe Extreme (20-25, 25-18, 15-5).
Day two proved to be more challenging, early on, as the Sudbury girls were beaten by both Mustang Volleyball from London (22-25, 11-25) and
Hamilton Smash – Teal (23-25, 13-25), before righting the ship in the evening.
The locals would get back on the winning track opposite the Brampton Selects, sweeping their Southern Ontario adversaries 25-11, 25-20, before
closing Saturday on a winning note with a 25-10, 25-19 triumph over the Peterborough Thunder.
Sliding into Tier I of Division 2 for the final round of provincial playdowns, the Chill met their demise at the hands of the Hamilton Smash – Purple,
falling 19-25, 18-25. With only eight players on the roster, the Northern Ontario crew would face some adversity, scrambling to overcome a bout of stomach
flu and a knee injury.
Thankfully, Marissa Beeson, younger sister to one of the team regulars, was on hand and pressed into action with the older team. “We had some
great rallies and some good defense,” noted head coach Heather Walker.
“Hailey Mauro had a solid weekend and controlled the defense very well. Taylor (Wilkinson) was great again, setting up the offense, and
had some great service runs, especially when we were behind.”
The remainder of the 2016-2017 Northern Chill 18U roster included Mykayla Beeson, Tasia Lachapelle, Brooke Whittaker, Teri Patrick, Teagan Langis,
Emilie Laberge, as well as assistant coach Kristin Sheffield.