thompson Rivers University WolfPack womens volleyball

Vancouver, BC—It’s the little things that can cost you. That is what the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team found out on Friday (Feb 5).

The WolfPack went into the University of British Columbia War Memorial Gym and lost in straight sets to the host Thunderbirds.  The scores were 25-18, 25-22, 25-21.

TRU falls to 11-10 on the season. UBC stands at 13-6.

“We started well and had the early lead,” said WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm. “But they found their rhytym and were able to hit off our block.  Overall, we missed a few assignments and that resulted in us giving up points. Although UBC isn’t the same squad that won six straight national championships, they are a good team.  Against good teams, you can do the big things well but it’s the little errors that could cost you the match. That was the case tonight.”

Grimm says it’s a good lesson to learn for his squad as they gear up for a possible playoff position. “Our last three matches (TRU hosts CIS #1 Trinity Western at home next weekend) are all going to have playoff atmosphere. The quicker we can adjust the better.”

Grimm praised Iuliia Pakhomenko (4th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine).  “She was great and wanted to fight from the opening serve. She had the attitude that she ‘wanted’ to win rather than just ‘hope to win’. We need more girls to have that same attitude.”

Pakhomenko had a match high 16 kills in 35 swings with two service aces, 12 digs and a block assist.  Brianne Rauch (4th year, outside hitter, Kimberley, BC) had seven kills in 16 chances with four digs and a block assist.  Katie Woo (4th year, setter, Surrey, BC) had 34 assists and five digs.

UBC had 14 kills in 28 opportunities from Danielle Brisbrois. She added seven digs, two block assists and two service aces. Juliana Kaufmanis had nine kills in 27 chances with three digs and a block assist. Samantha Patko had 10 digs while Alessandra Gentile notched 38 assists and seven digs.

The same two teams battle again Saturday (Feb 6) at UBC.