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Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Fatigue sets in with local club volleyball team
2017-11-08
by Randy Pascal

The toll of decreased numbers that is almost inevitably part and parcel of the 17U age bracket and older was felt in the season opening tournament as the Northern Chill arrived in Barrie with just eight athletes (veteran Jaime Schweyer was competing at OFSAA cross-country).

The Sudbury group more than handled their own in the early going, as the Chill secured first place in pool play with victories over both the ACTS Elites from Orangeville (25-11, 25-20) and the Georgian Cubs from Barrie (26-24, 25-10).

Still no issue in quarter-final play as coach Kevin Wiseman and company secured a final four berth with a 25-23, 24-26, 15-7 triumph over the Orillia Suns. With fatigue setting in, the Chill battled for every point in their semi-final outing, eventually falling 15-25, 17-25 to the Storm Ice from Aurora.

Even the extra motivation that accompanies every single matchup with their northern rivals could not overcome the tough serving and great start of the North Bay Vision, the Chill just missing out on a bronze medal performance by a final score of 16-25, 13-25.

“For the short amount of time we have been together, it was a solid start to the season,” said coach Wiseman. “Mallory Frantz has taken on the role of libero, brand new to her, and stepped in with confidence, taking control of the back court for the Chill.”

Wiseman also highlighted the strong attacking and service play from right side Sydney Koehler, as he and the team prepares for Challenge Cup action on December 2nd. The balance of the 2017-2018 17U Chill roster includes Erin Gaffney, Dara Desrochers, Jayden Rivers, Ryann Hudson, Taylor Bailey and Kate Dugdale.

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