Edmonton, AB- The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack were dealt a ‘lump of coal’ in their final Canada West men’s volleyball match before Christmas. The ‘Pack were defeated by the host MacEwan University Griffins 3-2 on Saturday night (Nov 26). The scores were 22-25,20-25,25-23,25-22,15-12.
The WolfPack were swept this weekend.
The WolfPack won the first two sets before falling to MacEwan. The weekend sweep greatly effects the post season fortunes of TRU. They were led offensively for the second straight night by Randy Grundmann (4th year, outside hitter, Winnipeg, MB). He had 18 kills in 34 chances. Daniel Eikeland Rod (5th year, outside hitter, Oz, Norway) had 11 kills. MacEwan’s main offensive threat was Shane Kerrison with 18 kills.
Randy Grundmann: 18 kills in 34 opportunities, 1 assist, 3 digs, 5 block assists
Daniel Eikland Rod: 11 kills in 39 chances, 2 service aces, 7 digs
Tyler Pomietlarz: 35 assists, 9 digs
Jakob Hamilton: 16 assists, 3 digs
Tim Edge: 8 kills in 29 chances, 3 service aces, 13 digs, 1 block assist
Sam Taylor Parks: 8 kills in 16 opportunities, 1 assist, 1 solo block, 5 block assists
Cole Keddie: 15 digs.
Shane Kerrison 18 kills in 41 swings, 1 assist, 6 digs, 3 block assists
Kai Hesthammer: 13 kills in 32 chances, 2 assists, 11 digs, 1 block assist
Matthew Mohler: 41 assist, 11 digs
Andre Arsenault: 10 digs
TRU: 1-9 MacEwan: 2-8
TRU Interim Head Coach Mike Hawkins:
“It’s disappointing to go into our Christmas break with two tough losses. We played well enough to earn a victory the first two sets and executed what we wanted to. Unfortunately it takes 3 sets of that type of effort to win, and MacEwan did what they needed to stay alive. You have to hand it to them, they battled back hard and had a few guys step up the last few sets. Jordan Peters, an athlete I’ve coached the past two summers with Team AB came in and played with poise and maturity of a veteran despite only being a first year.”
Randy (Grundmann, 4th year, outside hitter, Winnipeg, MB) played really well for us again on the offensive side, putting up good numbers and playing efficiently. Once we got the ball to STP (Sam Taylor Parks, 2nd year, middle, Kelowna, BC) in good situations, he showed off his caliber as an attacker and was a force in the middle.”
MacEwan will be heading to Kamloops during the Christmas Holidays (Dec 29-31) to play in an exhibition tourney with the WolfPack and Montreal.
TRU has the bye next week (Dec 2-3). MacEwan will host UBC.
The WolfPack will return to Canada West league play with back to back road trips to Calgary (Jan 5-6) and Trinity Western (Jan 13-14).