Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team is at home this weekend.
Scott Reeves and his club will play host to a Canada West exhibition game on Saturday night (Oct 15). Their opponents will be the MacEwan Griffins.
“We are looking forward to hosting a quality team like MacEwan in our own building,” says Reeves about the contest, which will have a 5 pm tip off on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. “We have been working on fine tuning both our offense and defense and look forward to seeing how those adjustments have been.”
Reeves is hoping to see a 40 minute complete effort from his crew. “We want to push the ball in transition and flow into our offense from that.”
As far as his evaluation of his personnel in practice? Reeves adds: “Everyone has been working hard and the new players to our program have been learning our style of play really well.”
TRU will head to Ottawa next weekend (Oct 21-23) to play in an exhibition tournament. Their Canada West season opener comes up Friday, November 4th when they entertain the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Tipoff that night will be 6 pm.
WolfPack Men’s Basketball to See First Exhibition Action of Season
After scrimmaging and practicing for the last several weeks, Scott Clark will finally get a chance to see the players comprising the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack in action. The WolfPack are heading to Kelowna for two games at an exhibition men’s basketball tournament being put on by the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.
The ‘Pack will face the MacEwan University Griffins of Edmonton on Friday (Oct 14) before facing the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday (Oct 15).
“We need to play some games,” says Clark. “It gives us a chance to evaluate things against two pretty good basketball teams. MacEwan made it to the playoffs and went three with Alberta. They have most of their players back. They are good. Saskatchewan had a good season last year. They had some unfortunate injuries which set them back but they are back healthy. They are a quality team as well. Getting a chance to play two good teams this early in the season is great for us.”
The WolfPack have a number of new players on their roster and they are anxious to get into some ‘real game action’. That makes the TRU coach happy. “If you are any time of competitor you are excited. You want to measure yourself against other players and teams.”
Clark says circumstances will dictate on how much time each of his players will get this weekend. “ Really, the evaluation of things is done during practice so we have already done that. That being said, at some point everybody will get an opportunity. It is up to them to be ready for that.”
The WolfPack open up their 2016-17 Canada West regular season on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday, November 4th when they entertain the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Tipoff will be 8pm.
Both the games this weekend are 4 pm PDT start times
WolfPack Men’s Volleyball Set to Take In Exhibition Tourney In Calgary
t’s off to Calgary for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team. The ‘Pack will be taking in an exhibition tournament at the University of Calgary which begins on Friday (Oct 14).
Mike Hawkins’ crew will play three matches over two games beginning Friday afternoon at 1 pm MDT against the host University of Calgary Dinos.
“We’re looking forward to building off our solid weekend at UBCO at the beginning of October,” says Hawkins. “The Dino Cup will provide us with the final tune up before we begin our regular season against the University of Alberta. It’s nice for us to get a chance to see and play the Golden Bears before we meet up with them in our home opener.”
The WolfPack play their final match of this tournament against Alberta on Saturday (Oct 15). Their other match is against the Queen’s University Gaels on Friday night at 6 pm MDT.
“We are treating this weekend like a regular season weekend,” Hawkins explains. “We are going to travel with the same number of guys that we would during a Canada West weekend, and want to replicate the feeling on the court. We are still looking to roll the lineups with those who travelled, but the roster will be a little tighter than our past exhibition weekends.”
The interim head coach says as far as anyone locking up a starting position that is still to be decided. “We have had a number of guys step up, in particular our middle blockers,” Hawkins states. “I knew this was going to be a strong point to our team but every day, we seem to have a different guy step up and dominate. By no means does that mean the other guys play poorly, they just seem to be taking turns going shot for shot. It’s a great problem to have.”
When asked how his team’s rookies are adjusting to life in the Canada West and at university, Hawkins says: “Our few rookies, especially Jake Hamilton (1st year, setter, Calgary, AB), have used the exhibition season well to get used to the speed and physicality of our league. Jake is a talented setter, but it does take some time getting used to the tempo of the offense and learning how to defend the opposition. He took some great strides in Kelowna, shaking off the nerves and getting the chance to play in front of his dad Chris and former coaches in the Mount Royal University staff.”
The WolfPack open up their 2016-17 Canada West regular season on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday, October 28 th against Alberta. Game time will be 7:45 pm PDT.
WolfPack Women’s Volleyball Set To Play Final Pre-Season Tourney
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team will travel to Langley and Vancouver to play their final exhibition tournament of 2016.
Chad Grimm will take his crew to play in the “West Coast Classic”. They open up against the Trinity Western University Spartans on Thursday (Oct 13) afternoon. The match will be played at 5:30 pm at Trinity Western.
“We are looking forward to playing some quality matches before we start league play in a couple of short weeks,” says Grimm.
The WolfPack are in a pool with Trinity, the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and the University of Alberta Pandas.
“I think we are making some strides in the consistency department and also starting to better understand the level of stability and decision making it is going to take to be successful in our league, “Grimm explains.
As far as the fight for starting spots is concerned? Grimm says: “I think the great thing with our group is that we have several players who could step in and start at any point in the season which has made practices more competitive. I am looking forward to the weekend where the group will further define a starting point for our league opener.”
The WolfPack have a number of new players on their roster. The coach says they have adjusted well so far to life in the Canada West and at TRU. “Overall, I have been happy with the ability of all the first years to bring a consistent effort to practice every day while they adjust to life away from home for the first time. With the exception of Sarah (Dobinson, 1st year, outside hitter, Whitby, ON) being out the past few weeks, they have been able to stay healthy and competitive at practices and seem to be adjusting well to school as well.”
TRU meets Western on Friday (Oct 14) at 1 pm and then closes round robin play on Saturday (Oct 15) at noon against Alberta: the same team the ‘Pack will face in their Canada West season opener on Friday, October 28th at the Tournament Capital Centre.
The consolation semifinals are set for UBC on Saturday afternoon with the placing and medal matches slated for Saturday, October 16th at UBC