Provincial experience a good one for youngest of the Chill teams
by Randy Pascal
Adding the 12U division to the provincial championships was all about the experience for the Ontario Volleyball Association, and there is
absolutely no doubt that the Northern Chill crew that represented Sudbury in late April garnered full benefit from that.
The team opened the condensed two day event with back to back losses to the 4th ranked Etobicoke Titans – Helios (11-25, 12-25) and the Phoenix
Rise from Toronto (16-25, 12-25). “It was really hard for this young team, initially, to understand that sometimes you play your best and it’s not good
enough to win,” noted head coach Glenn Murray.
Thankfully, there was something to build on to close out the day as the Chill hit the win column, outlasting the Kitchener-Waterloo Predators –
Firefly 26-24, 25-18. The victory allowed the locals to slide into the Division I Tier 3 bracket for the Sunday playoff round.
Looking to improve from their pre-tournament ranking of 29th in Ontario, the 12U girls bested the Kitchener-Waterloo Predators – Purple in three
sets, 25-12, 21-25, 15-8. “That was a big game for us,” noted Murray. “If we win, we reach our goal and move up in the rankings.”
A 15-25, 12-25 setback at the hands of the Waterloo Tigers did little to dampen the spirits of the northern team, eliminated in quarter-final
play and settling for a #23 ranking in the province.
The 2016-2017 edition of the Northern Chill 12U squad included Gabrielle Comeau, Lindsay Murray, Emma Harris, Shanna Lessard, Kameryn Van Wallegham,
Kayla Bouffard, Alexie Chicoine, Abby Ayotte, Ashley Ruddick, Alyssa Nicholls, Emily Audette and Annie Simon.