(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will search for their first victories of the young
Canada West men’s volleyball season this weekend in Calgary.
The WolfPack (0-2) will meet up with the host University of Calgary Dinos (1-1) at the Jack Simpson Gym
on Friday and Saturday (Oct 17-18).
Thompson Rivers is coming off being swept last weekend by the Trinity Western University Spartans.
“ We struggled a bit staying consistent ,”said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly about those matches.
“We have had to play with a few different line ups due to injuries to Casey Knight (5th
hitter, Salt Spring Island, BC) and Matt Krueger (5th
year, libero, Abbotsford, BC).”
The WolfPack will have to do that again this weekend. CIS Player of the Year Brad Gunter (4th
outside hitter, Courtenay, BC) suffered a dislocated finger last Saturday (Oct 11). He will be out of action
Gunter is second in the Canada West in kills per set (4.71) and third in kills overall (33).
“In a way it will be good to see other players step up and take some more swings for our offense,”
Hennelly states. “We had a solid performance from Randy Grundmann (2nd
Winnipeg, MB) last weekend.” Grundman has moved into fifth place in the Canada West in hitting
The two teams have met twice before this season. Both were five set matches at a tournament at
Mount Royal University last month. Calgary won both times. “ In the final of the tourney we played
with a similar line up –without Casey or Brad. We will have to do that again this weekend.”
Hennelly has a lot of respect for the Dinos. “Calgary is well coached and plays very good defensively. I
expect it to be a tough weekend on the road.”
The WolfPack worked on blocking and defensive play heading into the weekend. “We are still searching
for a line up which provides consistency.’
Thompson Rivers will have its home opener on Friday October 24 th at the Tournament Capital Centre
when they entertain the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Game time is 7:45 pm. The home
opener will feature the Kamloops Raiden Taiko Drummers in attendance.
year, outside hitter,
SIDE OUTS: WolfPack setter Graham Stoliker (4th
week in assists (9.29 per set).
year, Surrey, BC) stands fourth in the Canada West this