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Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
A much better finish than start for 18U Chill
by Randy Pascal

“We were able to work out some kinks in the morning and finished the day on a high note.”

That post-tournament quote from Northern Chill 18U head coach Heather Hastie pretty much summarized the day as the elder statesmen of the local volleyball club opened OVA action last month in Barrie.

Seeded sixth in a nine team field, the Chill put themselves behind the eight ball with a pair of morning pool losses, falling to both the Peel Selects from Brampton/Caledon (19-25, 25-20, 13-15) and the Titans Oceanus from Etobicoke (17-25, 9-25).

Their third place finish would mean a quarter-final battle with the top seed in Pool “B”, the Oakville Thunder Blue. Just beginning to hit their stride, the locals gave the eventual bronze medal winners a run for their money, beaten 29-27, 25-14.

Looking to avoid a ninth place finish, the Sudbury crew swept aside the Georgian Cubs from Barrie, 25-22, 25-22, earning a second crack at the Peel Selects. This time around, the locals would prevail, recording back to back 25-21 set victories and settling for a fifth place finish when the dust settled in the end.

“We had an all-around consistent day from Samantha McGrath, and some big timely blocks from Sydney Coles and Lexi Johnson in our final game,” noted Hastie. “Overall, I’m happy with the result this weekend.”

The 2017-2018 edition of the Northern 18U Chill roster sees Natasha Gervais, Christina Rorison, Kayla Murray, Becca Hopkins, Alison Labrash, Tasia Lachapelle, Mikeala Richter and Brooke Smith joining McGrath, Coles and Johnson on the roster, with head coach Heather Hastie receiving assistance from Lisa Carruthers.

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