Kamloops BC: The University of Alberta Golden Bears lived up to their number one ranking in the USport top 10. The Bears sent a large crowd at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops home disappointed. They swept the host Thompson Rivers University WolfPack 3-0 in Canada West men’s volleyball. The scores were 25-23,25-16,25-15.
The WolfPack led 16-14 in the first set but aside from moments in the second set, they trailed the Golden Bears throughout. Alberta was led by Ryan Nickifor (5th year, outside, Sherwood Park,AB) led the way with 14 kills. TRU got seven kills from Tim Edge (3rd year, outside hitter, Langley, BC)
Ryan Nickifor 14 kills in 29 attempts, one assist, five digs, three block assists
Alex McMullin 7 kills in 12 swings, two service aces, two digs, two block assists
Chris Towe six kills in 14 chances one service ace, four digs
Brett Walsh 30 assists, seven digs, three block assists
Tim Edge seven kills in 16 chances one service ace, one dig
Daniel Eikland Rod six kills in 21 swings, one service ace, seven digs
Sam Taylor Parks five digs in nine chances, one service ace, two block assists
Tyler Pomietlarz 19 assists, one solo block and seven digs.
Alberta 1-0 TRU 0-1
TRU interim head coach Mike Hawkins:
On being a team effort getting all positions to contribute if they are to be successful: “I think we knew that our middles would be a strong offensive force. I thought Tim (Edge, 3rd year, outside hitter, Langley, BC) did a good job especially in that last set. He was our only pulse. He does a good job of understanding who he is as a player. He is a guy who has a heavy arm and swings hard against the block. He found success playing to his personality. Some of our other guys had difficulty that way. They either trying to do things that they weren’t comfortable with.”
Alberta Assistant Coach Brock Davidiuk:
Starting the year with a win: “ Anytime a victory is great . Whether it be the first or last game of the year or an exhibition game, you should always be going for the win. I thought we came out a little tentative. We didn’t find our rhythm immediately. Sometimes it’s a long match before, or the first match of the season. That is no excuse. TRU came out and did somethings really well. We were able to edge them out on the first set and get our rhythm back in the second set and build from that.”
Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (Oct 29) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 5 pm. Webcast on Canada West TV will begin around 4:45 pm.
Next weekend (Nov 4-5), the WolfPack will be visiting the Brandon University Bobcats while Alberta has a bye week:
OF NOTE: The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was: Edge.