(ISN) – Edmonton, AB—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team have taken their first ever Canada West match against the MacEwan University Griffins.
Playing Saturday (Jan 10) in Edmonton, the ‘Pack downed the Griffins 3-0. The scores were 25-16,25-15,25-18. Thompson Rivers is now 6-11 in league play as they begin a quest for a playoff position. The Griffins are winless in 16 starts.
TRU was led by Casey Knight (fifth year, outside hitter, Salt Spring Island, BC). He had 13 kills in 15 chances with three digs and a block assist.
CIS Player of the Year Brad Gunter (fourth year, outside hitter, Courtenay, BC) had eight kills in 24 chances with seven digs, a solo block and two block assists.
Daniel Eikeland Rod (third year, middle, Oz, Norway) had five kills in seven swings with a dig and three block assists for TRU who had 12 digs from Matt Krueger (fifth year, libero, Abbotsford, BC).
Graham Stoliker (fourth year, setter, Surrey, BC) had 29 assists.
Says WolfPack coach Pat Hennelly: “We had a solid effort from everyone who hit the floor tonight. Casey Knight continues his offensive production and was solid blocking as well. Stuart Richey and Graham Stoliker both provided stable ball control and leadership. We set the tone early with some good defence and passed the ball well all match. It is a continuation of the solid play we showed at our tournament. “
MacEwan was led by Sean Peister with six kills in 12 chances with an assist, a solo block and a block assist.
Mat Mohler had 20 assists.
The two teams will go again Sunday (Jan 11) starting at 2 pm MDT.
The WolfPack will return home to prepare for a home and home series with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. The two teams will play Thursday (Jan 15) in Kelowna before returning to the Tournament Capital Centre and the Warner Rentals Court on Saturday (Jan 17). Game time for that match will be 6:45 pm.