Calgary, AB—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack took the University of Calgary Dinos to the limit in Canada West men’s volleyball play Saturday (Oct 18).
Playing at the Jack Simpson Gym, the WolfPack lost 3-2 to the Dinos. The scores were 25-17,25-21,23-25,21-25,15-9.
The WolfPack fall to 0 and 4 on the year while Calgary is 3 and 1. Thompson Rivers played without their top two outside hitters in CIS player of the year Brad Gunter (4th year, Courtenay, BC) and Casey Knight (5th year, Salt Spring Island, BC).
“We had a solid performance tonight,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly’ We had 11 of the 13 guys who played hit the floor and at one point, we had four first year players on the court. We fell a little flat in the first part of the fifth set.”
The WolfPack had another strong night from sophomore outside hitter Randy Grundmann of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He had 20 kills in 38 swings. It was his highest offensive performance in his young CIS career. He also had two service aces, five digs and one block assist.
Stuart Richey (5th year, outside hitter, Gibsons, BC) had 10 kills in 27 chances with seven digs.
Matt Krueger (5th year, libero, Abbotsford, BC) had a team high eight digs.
Graham Stoliker (4th year, setter, Surrey, BC) had 37 assists and seven digs.
Douglas Groenendijk (1st year, middle, Westholme, BC) made his CIS debut and had four kills and four blocks.
Calgary was led by Keith West with 22 digs in 42 opportunities. Connor Frehlich had 16 kills in 35 chances with nine digs.
Matthew Saunders led the Dinos with 10 digs while Jackson Maris had 40 assists.
The WolfPack return home to play the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in the home opener at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday October 24 th. Game time is 7:45 pm. As is the tradition for the WolfPack—the home opener will feature the Kamloops Raiden Taiko Drummers.
The team is also hosting its Senior “Howler” boys volleyball tournament .