WolfPack Drop Three Set Decision to MacEwan In Exhibition Women’s Volleyball
Vancouver, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team had a tough Saturday at the “West Coast Classic” in Vancouver, BC.
TRU lost their final round robin game 3-0 to Alberta and then dropped a three straight decision to the MacEwan University Griffins of Edmonton, Alberta in their playoff match. The scores were 26-24,25-16,25-21.
“We are experiencing some growing pains,” said WolfPack assistant coach Nathan Bennett who handled the head coaching duties in this match. “We learned some valuable lessons against a team that always ready to compete. Our compete level isn’t there right now. We have the bodies and the skill. We just need to play more cohesively.”
Offensively, Thompson Rivers was led by Rachel Windhorst (3rd year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC) had 12 kills. Kendra Finch (2nd year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC) had five kills. Morgan Kolasa (4th year, middle, Calgary, AB) blocked two.
Bennett utilized both of his setters in this match—first year Abby Spratt (Calgary, AB) and Savannah Guttman (2nd year, Dauphin, MB). Both had 13 assists.
The WolfPack close out the tournament on Sunday (Oct 16) with a 10 am match against the hosts of the CIS championships this year: the Ryerson Rams of Toronto, Ontario.
TRU returns home to prepare for their 2016-17 Canada West regular season opener which is Friday, October 28 th at the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. The opposition that night will be the University of Alberta Pandas. Game time will be 6 pm.
WolfPack Women’s Volleyball End Round With Loss To Alberta
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team finished the round robin portion of the “West Coast Classic” with a defeat.
The WolfPack fell in straight sets to the University of Alberta Pandas. The scores on Saturday (Oct 15) were 25-18,25-21,25-17. TRU finishes the round robin with a record of one win and two defeats.
Head coach Chad Grimm says there were a lot of positives: “I was able to put five first year players on the floor at the same time. There were a lot of good things and at times we were consistent. But we gave up too many runs. The girls did a good job and it was a good experience for them.”
Grimm noted that Sarah Dobinson (1st year, outside hitter, Whitby, ON) got to see her first court time in almost a month after recovering from sickness.
The WolfPack are set to take on MacEwan Univerity Griffins in a positioning match at 5:30 pm Saturday (Oct 15) at UBC.
TRU opens their 2016-17 Canada West regular season on Friday, October 28 th on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Their opponents will be the Alberta Pandas. Game time is 6 pm.
WolfPack Blank Trinity Western In Men’s Soccer
Make it three in a row. The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team have won three straight matches—all by shutouts.
On Saturday (Oct 15), the WolfPack knocked off the first place team in the Canada West Pacific Division 2-0 at Hillside Stadium. The Spartans are also ranked fourth in the CIS top 10 rankings this week.
For the first time in their history, the WolfPack beat the Spartans. Ryan Glanville (4th year, forward, Williams Lake, BC) scored both goals for TRU giving him nine on the season. Clay Harsany (2nd year, High River, AB) notched his fourth shutout of the year (fourth career) and third in a row. TRU moves to .500 on the season.
- 38:39 – TRU- Ryan Glanville (4th year, forward, Williams Lake, BC) assisted by Mitchell Popadynetz (3rd year, forward Nelson, BC). Glanville’s 8 th goal of the season. Popadynetz got a pass from Colton Walker (4th year, midfield, Sicamous, BC) and scores on Trinity Western keeper Andrew Hicks (5th year, Surrey, BC) to right side of the net. TRU 1 TWU 0 at the half.
- 76:54 – TRU- Ryan Glanville assisted by Colton Walker. Walker with headman pass to Glanville who beat Hicks to the left side of the net. TRU 2 TWU 0
Corner Kicks: Trinity Western 10 (seven in second half) TRU 9 (six in second half)
Saves: TRU 4 (three in second half) Trinity Western 3 (two in second half)
Shots by Period: Trinity Western 11 (nine in second half) TRU 11 (seven in second half)
TRU 6-6-1 Trinity Western 9-4-2
TRU head coach John Antulov
On Win: “It continues to show growth and the confidence in the players. How they are playing. It was a real professional effort out there today. We were playing against the fourth ranked team in Canada. The guys came out hard and played smart. That is what is what I really liked. They were organized. Communication was excellent and the balance was outstanding.”
TRU forward Ryan Glanville
On importance of the victory for the team this year and as a franchise: “ As soon as we got back from our road trip in Alberta, we knew every game counted. Points are really hard to come by in this division. We have been able to string together three wins now. We have three games left and hopefully we can keep this momentum going. Everything is going well across the team.”
TRU Midfielder Colton Walker
On it being like a boxing match: “Honestly I thought we dominated the first half. But the second half was more back and forth. They had a lot of chances at the end but our keeper (Harsany) came up big and performed well for us.”
Spartans head coach Mark Shearon
On Loss: “It is a pivotal time this year. Every point counts in Canada West. Every game counts. That is what we are trying to get into our players. To be honest, I was disappointed in my group today. I thought it was an OK game and TRU deserved the points today.”
The WolfPack will close out the home portion of their Canada West regular season tomorrow when they entertain the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. Kickoff is 1 pm. Trinity Western will move into Kelowna for a Sunday tilt with the University of British Columbia Okanagan.
Kailum Nicholson (1st year, defender, Kamloops, BC) was inserted replacing Adam Swanson (2nd year, defender, North Vancouver, BC) and made his first career Canada West start. He was named the “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack player of the match”. Swanson was sitting out a one game suspension for yellow cards.
He got praise from Antulov afterwards: “I really liked Kailum’s steadiness at the back. Smart. He played simple. He won his battles. Won his challenges. Really, with Adam not being there Kailum stepped in there and it was seemless.”