Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team are into the win column for the first time this young Canada West season.
Playing before over 1,600 people on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday night (Oct 23), the ‘Pack raised their record to 1-2 with a four set victory over the visiting MacEwan University Griffins.
The scores were 25-21,23-25,25-19,25-9,25-20. The Griffins are winless in three starts.
“I thought we struggled a little bit early,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly. “We had a bit of a lull in the second set. I am grateful we had some guys who came off the bench and responded.”
Hennelly pointed to third year setter Tyler Pomietlarz (Kelowna, BC), Charlie Bringloe (1st year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON) and Sam Taylor Parks (1st year, middle, Kelowna, BC). “Tyler did a great job coming in and running the offense. Charlie added some energy and Sam was steady.”
Pomietlarz had 27 assists in four sets with a service ace and two digs. Bringloe was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” player of the match. He had eight kills in 12 swings with a service ace, three digs and two block assists. Taylor Parks had three kills in five swings with a service ace, two digs and a block assist.
TRU was led offensively by Brad Gunter (5th year, outside hitter, Courtenay, BC). The Canada West third star of the week had 19 kills in 33 opportunities with a service ace, three digs and two block assists.
Graham Stoliker (5th year, setter, Surrey, BC) had 25 assists.
Daniel Eikland Rod (4th year, outside hitter, Oz, Norway) had 13 kills in 31 chances.
MacEwan was led by Max Vriend (1st year, middle, Barrhead,AB) with 10 kills in 17 chances with two service aces and four block assists. Matt Mohler (4th year, setter, Edmonton, AB) had 28 assists for the Griffins.
Hennelly said he has a lot of confidence in his younger players and that is why he went to his bench early. “I think that when you train full time like we do and people are struggling, you deserve a shot. We did it in the preseason. It helps in the training environment and with the guys. It certainly helps when we get guys coming in to make blocks or run plays.”
The two teams will go at it again Saturday (Oct 24) night at 6:45 pm at the Tournament Capital Centre. The match will be webcast on Canadawest.TV.