Calgary, AB—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are leaving the Dino Cup men’s volleyball tournament with a defeat.
Mike Hawkins and his crew wrapped up their Canada West exhibition season with a straight set loss to the University of Alberta Golden Bears. The scores were 25-23,25-20,25-18.
“We came in with great energy and battled Alberta shot for shot throughout the first set,” said Hawkins. “ As the game went on however, I think we started moving away from our style of play and let Alberta dictate the match a little too much. It seemed like each of the last two sets we gave them a five point cushion early and were never able to battle back. We can take confidence knowing there is a lot of things we can do well against the Golden Bears and there are easy adjustments we can make to prepare for our home opener in two weeks.”
The WolfPack play those same Golden Bears in the 2016-17 Canada West season opening weekend on October 28-29th. Those matches will be played on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Friday’s match will have a 7:45 pm start time.
In this match: Daniel Eikland Rod (5th year, outside hitter, Oz, Norway) and Charlie Bringloe (2nd year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON) led the way offensively for Thompson Rivers. Both had eight kills. Rod in 20 attempts with Bringloe having 23 swings. Rod had three digs while Bringloe came away with two digs and two service aces.
Tyler Pomietlarz (3rd year, setter, Kelowna, BC) had 23 assists. Cole Keddie (3rd year, libero, Edmonton, AB) had a team high five digs.
Alberta was led by Ryan Nickifor with nine kills in 17 chances, four digs and two block assists. Chrie Towe and Taylor Arnett both had seven kills. Brett Walsh contributed 29 assists.
The WolfPack had a large contingent of fans in Calgary for the tournament. Says Hawkins: “We had parents from Kelowna, Prince George, Winnipeg and Charlie’s dad from Ontario. We were well represented in the stands with some awesome parents. Like I have been saying all preseason, it is great for everyone to feel involved in this team and this season. The support shown by the parents in the stands was definitely felt on the court.”