Kamloops BC: The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are into the win column for the first time in Canada West men’s volleyball. Playing before their home crowd on the Warner Rentals Court, they swept the visiting Mount Royal Cougars 3-0 on Friday night (Nov 11).
The scores were 25-23,25-21,25-21. The WolfPack improve to 1-4 on the year while Mount Royal falls to 1-2. TRU was led by Randy Grundmann (4th year, outside hitter, Winnipeg, MB) who had 15 kills in 28 chances with three digs, a solo block and a block assist. Tyler Schmidt ( (3rd year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) had 15 kills in 34 opportunities with two digs and two block assists.
Randy Grundmann :15 kills in 28 swings, 3 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Charlie Bringloe: 4 kills in 12 chances 2 service aces, 3 digs, 3 block assists
Jordan Foot: 4 kills in 7 opportunities, 1 service ace, two solo blocks, 1 block assist
Jakob Hamilton 21 assists, five digs
Cole Keddie: 7 digs 1 assist
Tyler Schmidt: 15 kills in 34 chances two digs, 1 assist, two block assists
Josh Kirkham: 7 kills in 18 chances, 1 solo block, 4 block assists.
Samuel Brisbane 17 assists, 4 digs, 1 block assist
Tanner Greves 16 assists, three digs, 1 block assist
Mount Royal 1-2 TRU 1-4
TRU Interim head coach Mike Hawkins:
On winning his first USports match as a head coach: “Feels good. I was trying to control my emotions especially when we got a bigger lead in the 20’s. The guys behind me were jacked up. I was trying to be the calm voice of reason. But inside I was jumping around.”
On Team effort: “Definitely. Every guy who came in did an exceptional job of just doing their job. That is what we talked about before. We talked about being a ‘champion of your role’: whether you were a serving sub or a big scorer or a setter: know your role and excel in it. We had a ton of guys—Tyler, Tim Edge and Isaac Smit—all did a tremendous job on impacting this game.”
Having his first Canada West head coaching win against his alma mater: “This was big time sweet. I have a pretty special relationship with coach Skye and two of his assistants: Chris Webb and Jason Richards. This one feels pretty good. Likely even better than against any other team..”
WolfPack outside hitter Randy Grundmann:
On match: “I think everyone was working well. We were talking through the entire game. This is the first match that we all came together and worked as a team.
Cougars head coach Shawn Sky:
On match: “I thought TRU played fantastic. They’ve had a tough schedule to start the year. They came out and played gritty volleyball. We have a group of guys but it was simple: TRU was the better team. They were the cleaner team and so they won. We didn’t have a quality performance but a lot of that was TRU putting the pressure on us.’
Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (November 12th) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 6:45 pm. Webcast on Canada West TV will begin around 6:30 pm. “I think they are going to come out harder and we have to do the same thing,” stated Grundmann about Saturday’s match.
Next weekend (Nov 18-19, the WolfPack will be entertaining the UBC Thunderbirds on the Warner Rentals Court while Mount Royal will be home to the UBCO Heat.
OF NOTE: The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was: rookie setter Jakob Hamilton (Calgary, AB) he had 21 assists, one service ace and five digs. “ He was good,” said Hawkins. “He did a real good job of just understanding what their defense was giving us and then exploiting it. He and I worked pretty well during the match on communicating what they were doing. To their credit, the guys on the floor did a good job of letting him know of whether their blockers respected them. I think Jake did a pretty good job of delivering balls which led us to success.”