Calgary, AB: The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack kicked off the 2017 portion of their Canada West women’s volleyball season tonight (Thurs) at the Jack Simpson Memorial Gym at the University of Calgary.
The WolfPack got 31 kills from USport and Canada West player of the Year Iullia Pakhomenko (5th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) en route to a 3-1 victory.
TRU rebounded from a first set deficit for the victory as they moved above the .500 mark on the season. The scores were 20-25,26-24,25-19,25-17. Pakhomenko had 31 kills in 62 chances with eight digs.
Abby Spratt (1st year, setter, Calgary, AB) played her first CIS match in her home town and averaged 10 assists per set, winding up with 51 on the night.
Calgary was led by Kate Pexmen with 19 kills in 53 swings.
Thompson Rivers had 65 team digs compared to 52 for Calgary. They had 144 attacks and 63 kills compared to the Dinos 143 attacks with 45 kills. Both teams had 4 blocks.
TRU: 20 26 25 25
CALGARY: 25 24 19 17
Iulla Pakhomenko 31 kills in 62 chances, 2 service aces, 8 digs
Rachel Windhorst 10 kills in 30 swings, 1 assist, 7 digs
Mikayla Funk 9 kills in 23 chances, 17 digs 4 block assists
Morgan Kolasa 5 kills in 14 opportunities, 3 assists, 3 digs
Abby Spratt 51 assists, 11 digs
Kendra Finch 17 digs
Kate Pexman 19 kills in 53 chances, 11 digs, 1 service ace, 1 assist
Brianna Solberg 7 kills in 28 chances, 12 digs, 2 service aces
Laura McManes 6 kills in 23 chances, 6 digs
Leah Shevkenek 37 assists
TRU 6-5 Calgary 8-3
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
“For the most part it was a good start to the second half. We felt we had some good practices and exhibition matches going into this one. We struggled a bit in the first set but we played pretty disciplined the rest of the way. We stuck to what we do well. I thought we received the ball well. Iullia had a monster night and Mikayla added some great support. We did a good job in the middle with our assignments.”
On Abby Spratt playing her first Canada West match in her home town:
“She should play all of her games for us here. She did a great job finding the open hitters and getting them into a god position. When Calgary started to key in on where she was setting the ball, Abby did a great job of distributing it to Mikayla or Rachel. We got good mileage out of the pipe tonight and Abby was a key reason. I thought she had her best defensive game of the year.”
The two teams will battle it out again tomorrow (Fri Jan 6) at the Jack Simpson Memorial Gym. Game time will be 6 pm MDT.
The teams played Thursday because the Calgary basketball teams have a home and home series with arch rival University of Alberta this weekend. The Calgary half of the series is being played Saturday (Jan 7).
After this weekend WolfPack will visit the Trinity Western University Spartans next weekend (Jan 13-14) and have a bye the following weekend. The Dinos will visit MacEwan Griffins next weekend.
Next home action for Thompson Rivers will be Friday, January 27th when the University of Regina Cougars pay a visit to the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.