November 14, 2013, Kamloops, BC (ISN) – With a first victory in their sights, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team heads north for Edmonton this weekend. The WolfPack (0-6) in Canada West play this season will visit the Alberta Pandas (2-4) for matches Friday and Saturday (Nov 15-16).
WolfPack head coach Keith Lundgren says that this could be the weekend that TRU moves into the win column. ” They are rebuilding right now. That is nice for us. It is a good team for us to play. They are going to set their left sides a lot. They can hit the ball. We have to be disciplined in what we are doing. If we can win the serve/pass battle. U of A is a good program and historically and a great program. If we can go in and compete hard and see where it goes.”
“Our main stumbling block seems to be consistency,” Lundgren added about what is lacking on his team. “One match we have our hitting together but our passing and receiving needs work. The next match it is the opposite. It is part of being a younger squad and getting experience. We are still going back on our setters (Tori Taneda (1st year, Kelowna, BC) and Katie Woo (2nd year, Surrey, BC)). Hope we get that ironed out soon.’
Lundgren explains why they are switching up their setters. “The reason I am doing it is that we want to get 10 kills per set. I am trying to find a setter who can give us that. If one setter does that then she keeps going until she doesn’t. We need three sets or five sets or at over 10 kills. That is the magic number. I am waiting for one of them to get there. It is just training and a lot of individuals and seeing which one will get there and be there consistently.”
When he looks at his roster: a couple of players performances has stood out. Lundgren first points to Kaitlin Lomas (1st year, middle, Ponoka,AB) who is seventh in the Canada West in blocks. ” She has really stepped up. She had back to back blocks against Lisa Barkley of UBC last weekend. Lisa is a great player and for Kaitlin to achieve that was fantastic. She is working hard and pushing.”
Lundgren acknowledged Taneda. “Tori is working hard too. She has excelled in the weight room and is willing to learn. I have been happy with those two first years. Bree (Brianne Rauch, 2nd year, outside hitter, Kimberley, BC) has been passing dimes for us and really working on her offense. That is coming. Those three are the ones who are doing well right now.”
The coach is confident his team is getting better each time out.
“On Sunday, we finally got our hitting under control,” Lundgren said about what was positive from two straight set losses to first place UBC last weekend. “We kept our hitting errors down. We hit mid 20s two sets in a row. We aren’t getting as many kills as we want yet—we are getting close. But the efficiency is there. We competed a bit harder and had a couple of league changes with UBC in the second set which was exciting. “
The WolfPack return home next weekend (Nov 22-23) to face the University of Saskatchewan Huskies at the Tournament Capital Centre.