(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—With their playoff life hanging precariously, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team gear up for their final set of home matches of the 2014-15 Canada West season.
The WolfPack (7-13) will be hosting the Mount Royal University Cougars (3-15) in a pair of afternoon matches on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game times Friday and Saturday (Jan 23-14) will be 1 pm.
“We have put ourselves in a situation where we have to rely on other teams losing down the stretch so we don’t control our own destiny,” states WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm about the post season. ” For this to happen, UBC (10-8) and Manitoba (9-9) would have to get upset more than once, so although we are not mathematically out, we have not put ourselves in a good situation regarding the playoffs.”
The vastly improved ‘Pack could help themselves out immensely with victories over the Cougars this weekend. Grimm says playoff spot or no playoff spot—the mindset will be the same as it has been all season. “I expect us to approach the last two weekends of league (they play in Saskatchewan Feb 6-7) with the focus being on the improvement as we move forward with this group.”
Grimm says a few of his players have impressed him with their performances of late. “I think Kat (Legutky, second year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) played really well for us on Saturday night, not only offensively but contributed on the defensive side of the ball. I think she showed that being stopped at contact is more important than trying to race into position and getting caught moving.”
He also pointed to Kara Twomey (third year, setter, Winnipeg, MB) and Alyssa Wolf (fourth year, outside hitter/libero, Surrey, BC). Kara did a good job Saturday of making the best of our passing, which struggled at times. Alyssa passed and defended well for us and our middles are starting to find their timing a bit better.”
Grimm believes that Iuliia Pakhomenko (third year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) is starting to return to her form after her knee surgery before Christmas. Pakhomenko is second in the Canada West in both kills (338) and kills per set (4.63).
Twomey stands fifth in assists per set (8.96).
As for their opponent this weekend, Grimm says they are better than their record. ” They aren’t that far removed from a team that made playoffs and they have been on the wrong side of several close matches. I expect them to come out and play us tough this weekend.”
Both matches will be shown on CanadaWest.TV.