Edmonton, AB—The only thing hot about Edmonton, Alberta this weekend was the play of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team.
The ‘Pack heated up the City Centre Gymnasium at MacEwan University by sweeping both Canada West matches with the Griffins. It was the first time the two schools had played against each other at the CIS level.
After winning in three sets on Saturday (Jan 10), Pat Hennelly and his ‘Pack beat MacEwan in four on Sunday (Jan 11). The scores were 25-12, 25-14, 22-25,25-18. The victory gave TRU a record of 7-11 while MacEwan is winless in 16 starts.
Solid blocking from the outset allowed the ‘Pack to romp through the opening set while posting 14 blocks in the statistical column. Brandon Hewwing (fourth year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) let the block party with five, propelling his team to a 25-15 opening set victory. Hewwing wound up with seven kills in ten chances with two digs, two solo blocks and seven block assists.
“The guys played very well in the first two sets,” said Hennelly. Graham (Stoliker, fourth year, setter, Surrey, BC) was setting a smart offense and all the guys played well. We started a few different players in the third set and gave up a few easy points. MacEwan played very well at the end of the third and fourth sets.”
Hennelly added that Stuart Richey (fifth year, outside hitter, Gibson’s, BC) had a nice serving run after the 16 time out to seal the victory. “We were very efficient and played solid block and defence.”
TRU was led by Casey Knight for the second straight match. The fifth year outside hitter from Salt Spring Island, BC had 15 kills in 31 chances with an assist, five digs and five block assists.
CIS Player of the Year Brad Gunter (fourth year, outside hitter, Courtenay, BC) had 12 kills in 21 opportunities. He had an assist, seven digs and a block assist.
Stoliker had 37 assists and 11 digs with one block assist.
MacEwan was led by Damon Holman with 11 kills in 33 chances with seven digs and a block assist.
The WolfPack return to face the UBCO Heat in a home and home series. The teams play Thursday (Jan 15) in Kelowna before returning to the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday (Jan 17). Game time is 6:45 pm.
Both matches will be shown on CanadaWest.TV.