(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—No matter how you look at it, it is a big week of Canada West play for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team.
Chad Grimm’s crew (7-11 on the season) are playing the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat (14-4) in a pair of games. Not only are the Heat TRU’s closest geographical rivals, but they are also ranked second in the most recent CIS top 10 rankings. The two squads will play Thursday (Jan 15) in Kelowna before returning to the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops for a match on Saturday (Jan 17).
“UBCO is a great team that doesn’t have a lot of holes,” said Grimm. “They are deserved of their number two ranking. It’ll be a great challenge for our team but we are looking forward to it.” The two teams have met before. They played in the preseason (Sept 26) where the WolfPack won 3-1. The scores were 26-24,15-25,25-14,29-27). The Heat have won their last 10 outings while the WolfPack have lost their last three. TRU coming off 3-1 and 3-2 defeats on the road last weekend against MacEwan. Grimm, who played without three starters in the first match and two in the second said they learned a lot about themselves.
“We learned that we need to be able to accept our nerves and move past them in order to perform. We can’t afford to take any points off against any teams in this league if we want to be successful. I think on Sunday we did a much better job of battling and statistically were the better team but allowed some mental errors to affect us down the stretch.” As far as the day off between matches is concerned, Grimm says it doesn’t faze him in the area of preparation for the second night. “ I don’t think it really matters one way or the other. We need to be ready when the whistle blows for the first serve, regardless of what day or time the game happens to be taking place.”
When asked whether or not it would be more advantageous to start at home, Grimm stated; “In these particular circumstances, maybe it would have been better to start at home. Based only on the fact that we are coming off a Saturday/Sunday series on the road which makes it a short week when we have to travel again on Thursday. This being said, I think it’s is good for our group to deal with different circumstances in order to challenge us to perform every day.”
Both matches will be webcast on CanadaWest.TV
Saturday’s match at the TCC gets underway at 5 pm.
SIDE OUTS: Statistically, Iuliia Pakhomenko (third year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) is second in the Canada West in kills (297) and second in kills per set (4.64). Kara Twomey (third year, setter, Winnipeg, MB) is fourth in assists per set (9.04). Kara Towmey On Saturday, the WolfPack men’s team will recognize two of their four fifth year players: Matt Krueger (libero, Abbotsford, BC) and Stuart Richey (outside hitter, Gibson’s, BC). They will be honored before the match.