(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack gave the University of Alberta Pandas some fits in their Canada West Women’s Volleyball match on Friday night (Nov 28). But in the end, the number one team in the CIS downed the upstart ‘Pack 3-0 at the Tournament Capital Centre.
The scores were 25-17, 25-17, 30-28.
The Pandas are now 10 and 23 on the season while the ‘Pack have fallen to 7-8.
“They are playing great and showing a lot of heart,” said Pandas head coach Laurie Eisler about the WolfPack making a match of it. “They did a lot of preparation and they are getting rewarded for it by playing at a high level and making it hard on teams.”
“Until the third set we didn’t have a lot of energy,” said WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm. “Our serve/receive wasn’t good and we didn’t have much flow. We changed it up a little bit in the third and had a lineup that featured more passers. We started to pass it a little bit more and grind it out offensively and made it a little bit closer.”
“I liked our composure,” Eisler responded to the question what she liked about her squad. “We prepared hard and weren’t really sure what line up Chad would play. I thought for the most part, we stayed engaged mentally and tried to predict what was coming at us. I thought we stuck with it pretty well in a third set that could have gone either way.”
Alberta was led by Meg Casault (3rd year, outside hitter, Edmonton, AB) who had 16 kills in 40 chances with four digs and three block assists.
Josephine Doerfler (1 st year, outside hitter, Potsdam, Germany) added nine kills in 25 chances with two service aces, five digs and three block assists. Mariah Walsh (2nd year, setter, Calgary, AB) had 25 assits and 10 digs.
Jessie Niles (4th year, libero, Turner Valley, AB) led in digs with 15 for Alberta.
Grimm felt the match was erratic at times. “We were running around a little bit. It wasn’t a line up we have had on the floor yet this season. Girls were finding their spots. To the credit of the girls on the floor, they were scrapping it out and digging balls the U of A didn’t expect us to get to. Then they were out of position and they weren’t necessarily ready for us to get.”
TRU was led by Alyssa Wolf (4th year, outside hitter, Delta, BC). She had 10 kills in 37 wings with 14 digs.
Iuliia Pakhomenko (3rd year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) had nine kills in 26 chances with a service ace and five digs. She was replaced by Samantha Horth (1st year, outside hitter, Cloverdale, BC).
Katarina Legutky (2nd year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) also had nine kills in 26 chances.
Kara Twomey (3rd year, setter, Winnipeg, MB) had 26 assists.
Tyneille Neufeld (1st year, outside hitter, Winnipeg, MB) was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” player of the match. She had three kills in 10 chances in two sets with eight digs and two block assists. She garnered praise from Coach Grimm along with fellow rookies Horth and Carly Gunter (libero, Courtenay, BC). Gunter had three digs.
“Carly has been in the last couple of weekends and has done a good job for us so she got the start for us,” Grimm stated. ” Samantha got in when Iullia left and did a good job for us which was nice to see. Tyneille was outstanding. She came in after the first set and gave us some great energy. She was scrappy and the rest of the players fed off that”.
The two teams will go at it again Saturday (Nov 29) at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 5 pm.