(ISN) – Saskatoon, SK—Iuliia Pakhomenko has certainly made a name for herself in her first year in Canada West women’s volleyball.
The third year middle from Donetsk, Ukraine has missed a few weeks of the year with injuries but has had some big performances. None bigger than what she executed Friday night (Feb 6) at the University of Saskatchewan.
Pakhomenko established new Canada West single game records for points scored and serving aces as her Thompson Rivers University WolfPack downed the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies 3-2. The scores were25-21,29-27,17-25,18-25,16-14.
Thompson Rivers ups their record to 9-14 on the year while Saskatchewan falls to 5-18.
Pakhomenko had 38 scoring points and she had 13 service aces. Those are two new Canada West records. The old records were 31 held by Lisa Barclay of UBC (Feb 7, 2014) and 10 aces set by Lies Verhoeff of Trinity Western (Nov 30, 2002).
“She was unstoppable,” said WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm. ” She was tough and consistent at the service line. She missed only two serves all night.”
Pakhomenko had 24 kills on 50 swings with two assists, 13 service aces, 12 digs and two block assists.
‘We got off to a good start but lost some focus and our reception went downhill,” said Grimm. “We did come back which was a positive.”
Grimm praised third year setter Katie Woo (Surrey, BC). “Katie set the whole match. She did a good job in practice and earned the start. She was competitive the entire match.” Woo had 41 assists.
He also gave credit to Tori Taneda (third year, Kelowna, BC). “Torry came in as a service sub and came up with some nice digs. In the fifth set, with us down 14-13 she had a service ace and two more good points as she really focused.”
Katarina Legutky (second year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) had eight kills on 25 chances with a service ace and five digs.
Alyssa Wolf (fourth year, outside hitter/libero, South Surrey, BC) added 13 digs.
Saskatchewan was led offensively by Emmalyn Copping with 16 kills on 40 opportunities with 15 digs and a solo block. Jenelle Sokoloski had 14 kills in 33 chances. Jina Barker had 43 assists and 11 digs.
The teams will close the regular season on Saturday (Feb 7) in Saskatoon.