15U Chill push it right through to the end
by Randy Pascal
This time around, there was no taking their foot off the gas for the members of the Northern Chill 15U Girls team. Still, the final step en route
to a gold medal performance at the Challenge Cup – Trillium “E” tournament in North Bay was a doozy.
After sweeping to the top of their pool with back to back wins in their season opening tournament last month, the locals were looking for more of the
same, and then some, come mid December.
Once again, they were flawless in preliminary round action, knocking off both the North Bay U14 Lakers (25-10, 25-22) and the Georgian Bay
Vista from Midland, 25-6, 25-8. Not a whole lot more push in the quarter-finals as the Chill get the better of the Vision Volleyball 14U crew
from North Bay, 25-19, 25-20.
Semi-final play proved surprisingly easy as the Sudbury girls dominated the Georgina Riptide Rage 25-9, 25-13, earning a berth in the championship
final opposite the West Nipissing Wild. This encounter proved to be anything but a walk in the park, going the distance as coach Joanna
Castonguay and company prevailed 22-25, 25-16, 20-18.
"This win was a complete team effort," stated Castonguay. "The girls are really working hard as a team, it is really encouraging to be a part of." The
enthusiastic coach did take a few moments to highlight a pair of players who helped to lead the way.
"Isabelle Scratch's improvements serving and blocking gave us energy throughout the day, especially in the afternoon," said Castonguay. Kyla
Parsons had a breakout day, serving and playing defence for many key points.
The first place finish means that the Chill, along with the Wild, will jump up one level, taking part in McGregor Cup – Championship “C” play
come Saturday, January 27th, in Barrie. Remaining members of the Northern Chill 15U group are Maggy Davidson, Emily Ayotte, Kiera Brabant, Josée Beauchamp,
Julianna Toppazzini, Fyscher McQueen, Bella Martelli, Faith Charbonneau, Sydney Nicholls and Danielle Stinson.