18U consistency, from start to finish
by Randy Pascal
It would be hard for the Northern Chill 18U Girls to ask a whole lot more from their performance at the recent McGregor Cup - Trillium "C" tournament in
The Chill would reel off ten straight set victories, emerging with gold medals and building some momentum with provincial championships roughly two months away.
The streak was kick-started early, as the locals upended the Georgian Bay Vista, 25-13, 25-15, before closing out pool play with a sweep of the Black Diamonds (Collingwood), 25-10,
A medal matchup was guaranteed after the Sudbury crew downed the Barrie Elites 17U girls, 25-14, 26-24, propelling coach Heather Hastie and company through
to the semi-finals.
The Chill then disposed of their North Bay rivals, also in straight sets, outscoring the Lakers 25-22, 25-16, before capping off a near perfect day with a 25-21,
25-21 triumph over the Barrie Elites 18U in the championship affair.
"It was a pretty consistent day for the team," noted Hastie. "We executed some things that we've been working on in practice, and had confidence in our system throughout
the day, never losing a set."
"Alison Labrash had a strong and consistent day overall and was a pillar on serve receive," Hastie added. Christina Rorison made great decisions
throughout the day running the offense, moving the ball around and executing our system."
Rounding out the 2017-2018 edition of the Northern Chill 18U squad are Brooke Smith, Mikeala Richter, Natasha Gervais, Samantha McGrath, Kayla Murray, Becca Hopkins,
Sydney Coles, Tasia Lachapelle and Lexi Johnson.