(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—In what could best described as a major comeback year, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team will put the capper on the 2014-15 Canada West season this weekend.
The WolfPack will pay a visit to Saskatoon to close out the regular campaign with two matches against the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Thompson Rivers sits with a record of 8-14 which is tied for ninth spot in the Canada West. The Huskies are sitting in the basement at 5-17.
Although they will miss the playoffs, Thompson Rivers has made giant steps in head coach Chad Grimm’s rebuild project. Before this season, the women’s volleyball program hadn’t won a Canada West match in 44 league starts.
The WolfPack had the bye last week. Was it a blessing or a curse? “I guess we won’t know until this weekend is over,” says Grimm. “But it is always nice during a long season to have a bit of time to relax and h it the reset button.”
Once TRU was officially eliminated from post season play a couple of weeks ago, Grimm went into experimental mode as he tinkered with his roster with an eye to next year. “Our game plan doesn’t change, we are looking to finish the season strong and improve upon the things we have been working on thus far. I think we’ve made a couple of changes in the past couple of weeks but nothing major until the off season.”
The coach says despite not securing a playoff spot, the WolfPack have tried to keep their spirits high. ” I think it is always tough when you k now you are out of the playoffs but I think we need to take this opportunity to get better realizing that Saskatchewan is in the same position as us and I expect them to play hard.”
Two members of the ‘Pack are among the leaders statistically in the Canada West going into the weekend. Iuliia Pakhomenko (third year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) is second in kills per set (4.59) and second in overall kills (367).
Kara Twomey (third year, setter, Winnipeg, MB) is third in assists per set (9.15).
Looking ahead to the 2015-16 Canada West campaign, The WolfPack have their entire roster eligible to return and have signed one player out of high school: left side Kendra Finch of Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver, BC. She was named as one of “The Province” newspaper’s top 20 recruits.