Calgary, AB- The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack kicked off the 2017 portion of their Canada West men’s volleyball season with a four set loss to the host University of Calgary Dinos. The score on Thursday night (Jan 5) at the Jack Simpson gym were 25-20,26-28,25-23,25-23.
The WolfPack utilized a number of their players in this match including Australian rookie Anton Napolitano (1st year, outside hitter, Victoria, Australia) . They were led by Randy Grundmann (4th year, outside hitter, Winnipeg, MB) who had 18 kills in 33 swings. Tim Edge (3rd year, outside hitter, Langley,BC) added 12 kills in 35 chances.
Calgary’s main weapon was Curtis Stockton with 23 kills in 39 chances.
WolfPack first year setter Jakob Hamilton made his USport/Canada West debut in his hometown and had 43 assists, eight digs, one kill and one block assist.
Randy Grundmann : 18 kills in 22 chances 7 digs, 1 assist
Tim Edge: 12 kills in 35 opportunities, 4 service aces, 6 digs, 1 solo block, 3 block assist
Sam Taylor Parks: 10 kills in 16 swings, 2 assists, 4 digs, 1 solo block, 5 block assists
Anton Napolitano: 9 kills in 17 chances,2 digs, 2 block assists
Jakob Hamilton: 43 assists, 8 digs, 1 block assist, 1 kill
Curtis Stockton: 23 kills in 39 opportunities, 9 digs, 5 block assists, 3 assists
Alex Bader: 11 kills in 32 swings, 4 digs, 2 block assists
Blain Cranston: 35 assists, 5 digs
Alex Cook: 10 assists
TRU: 1-10 Calgary: 4-7
TRU Interim Head Coach Mike Hawkins:
“It was a tough battle between both teams, but they seemed to make the timely play or we would have an untimely error. We expected the Dinos to come out with a lot of fire after a disappointing first semester, and they played like a team determined to win. Overall, I thought we did a lot of things well and I expect an even better effort out of our guys tomorrow night.”
On Play of Anton Napolitano:
“Anton came in and played well. He is an aggressive attacker and that helped wing some momentum for us. He is a positive force for our group which is valuable for a young team like ours.”
On Play of Jakob Hamilton in first Canada West start at home:
“Jake played well and distributed our offense well. It’s not easy to play in front of friends and family as a young player, but he played with confidence and focus and allowed our attackers to hit very efficiently.”
The two teams will play the rubber match of their two game series tomorrow (Friday Jan 6) at the Jack Simpson Memorial Gym. Game time will be 7:30 pm MDT .
The WolfPack will continue their four game road trip as they visit Langley, BC next weekend (Jan 13-14) to face the Trinity Western University Spartans. TRU has the bye the following week (Jan 21-22).
Calgary will visit the MacEwan University Griffins next weekend.
Next home action for the WolfPack will be Friday, January 27th when the University of Regina Cougars pay a visit to the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time will be 7:45 pm.