Chill 15U girls staying put in Championship flight
by Randy Pascal
The Northern Chill 15U girls needed to jump just a slot or two from their pre-tournament ranking (#7) in order to secure their on-going spot in
Championship flight. That was the goal at the Bugarski Cup tournament earlier this month in Barrie, and that's exactly what they did.
The Chill were perhaps not firing on all cylinders in a 9:00 am loss to the Venom Vipers from Richmond Hill (11-25, 18-25), but they
quickly found their energy, earning a second place pool finish with a rock-solid 25-19, 25-11 victory over Barrie Elites 14U Black.
Renewing a great rivalry with Thundercats Black (Richmond Hill) in the quarter-finals, the northern girls fell just short, losing 20-25, 25-21,
13-15. Coach Joanna Castonguay and company, however, were adamant about wanting to hit the road on a winning note. Despite spotting the Markham
14U Unity an 18-10 opening set lead, the Chill roared back, securing a tie for fifth place with a 25-21, 25-17 triumph.
“We have made so much progress throughout the season,” noted Castonguay. “Our middles had a fantastic defensive day, blocking and getting touches on
many attacks, especially Maggy Davidson. The tough serving and tenacious defense by Sydney Nicholls helped us stay in games.”
Anxious to watch this team perform at provincials in April, the staff of Castonguay and assistant coach Claudette Loranger will make the trek to
Kitchener-Waterloo with Emily Ayotte, Kiera Brabant, Julianna Toppazzini, Isabelle Scratch, Kyla Parsons, Fyscher McQueen, Bella Martelli, Faith
Charbonneau, Josée Beauchamp, Danielle Stinson, as well as Davidson and Nicholls, looking to celebrate the accomplishments of their goals.