November 16, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN – When you are hunting a Golden Bear, you can’t give them any advantage. That is what the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team learned Saturday (Nov 16) in Canada West play in Edmonton.
The WolfPack had a 2-0 lead on the Golden Bears and led 24-21 in the third set, but let Alberta get back into the match. The Golden Bears won the match 3-2 at the Saville Centre. The scores were 20-25,23-25,26-24,25-20,15-12.
TRU falls to 4 and 4 on the season while Alberta moves to 5 and 3.
“It was a tough loss but I am proud of the way the guys played in the fifth set and we had a second night where we had swings to win the match,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly.
Brad Gunter (3rd year, outside hitter, Courtenay, BC) was again the big offensive threat for TRU with 26 kills in 54 chances. He also had 15 digs.
Casey Knight (4th year, outside hitter, Salt Spring Island, BC) had 14 kills in 39 chances while Stuart Richey (4th year, outside hitter, Gibsons, BC) had 10 kills in 27 chances.
Colin Carson (5th year, setter, Prince George, BC) has 57 assists.
Alberta was led by Ryley Barnes who had 18 kills in 35 chances. Ryan Nickifor wound up with 15 kills in 35 opportunities and Tucker Leinweber had 11 kills in 29 chances Brett Walsh had 44 assists.
As he looks at his team’s .500 weekend, Hennelly said: “we have a couple of tough matches coming up with Saskatchewan but I think this weekend was a real turning point. We played some great volleyball and the chemistry on the court was great.”
TRU returns home to host Saskatchewan next weekend (Nov 22-23). Friday’s match has a 7:45 pm start time at the Tournament Capital Centre.