Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team are into the win column in Canada West regular season play.
The WolfPack improved to 1-2 after downing the visiting MacEwan University Griffins 3-0. The scores on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday(Oct 23) were 25-18, 25-15, 25-20.
The Griffins are 2-1 on the season.
“Overall I thought we were pretty smooth,” said TRU head coach Chad Grimm. “ I don’t think we gave up a ton of runs. We had been preaching not to give away too many free points. I think we did a pretty good job of that.”
“I thought we played really well but TRU exploited our weaknesses,” stated MacEwan head coach Ken Briggs. “ I thought that wasn’t a team I have seen all season. They played really, really well. “
The WolfPack were led by Canada West and CIS all-star Iullia Pakhomenko (4th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine). She had 16 kills in 32 chances with four service aces, 16 digs and a block assist. She was the McDonalds/TRU Bookstore “Leader of the Pack” player of the match.
“They have the best player in the league,” Briggs said in reference to Pakhomenko. “I think we did ok with her. Her hit total was average for her but I didn’t think we could handle her serve.”
Katie Woo (4th year, setter, Surrey, BC) had 31 assists. Alyssa Wolf (5th year, libero, South Surrey, BC) had 11 digs.
“I thought especially early that Krista did a good job and Katie performed well getting her the ball,’ said Grimm. “Obviously with Iullia, she got it to her right away. I thought Katie and Krista provided a great counterbalance on that side of the court. “
Cassidy Kinsella (3rd year, outside hitter, Leduc, AB) led the way for the Griffins with 13 kills in 27 opportunities with seven digs. Claire McLoughlin (3rd year, setter, Campbell River, BC) had 22 assists while Michelle Bodnarek (3rd year, outside hitter, Edmonton, AB) had a team high nine digs.
Briggs says MacEwan is a young team and they were ‘taken to school’ by the WolfPack on this night. “ This was ‘on the job training’. You could see by the end of the first set-beginning of the second set the game was going too fast for two or three of them. But then they steadied the ship. But that was a big hole to stop the bleeding. I was happy with us because this is what we need to progress.
“We have to move past this game and focus on tomorrow (Saturday, Oct 24),” Grimm added. “That’s one of the goals we have is to be better on back to back nights. We need to take that and not be better tomorrow, but be the same for sure.”
The two teams will return to the Warner Rentals court on Saturday at 5 pm. The game will be webcast on CanadaWest.TV.