Calgary, AB: The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack wound up a weekend Canada West women’s volleyball series with the host University of Calgary Dinos with a split. After winning 3-1 on Thursday (Jan 6), the Pack lost 3-1 to the Dinos on Friday night (Jan 6) at the Jack Simpson Gym.
The scores were 23-25,27-25,25-21,28-26.
For the second straight night, TRU was led by USport and Canada West player of the year Iullia Pakhomenko (5th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) with another 31 kills. She had 62 through the two matches. The 31 kills in both sets move Pakhomenko into second place in the Canada West record books for kills in a single match. (The record is held by Genevieve Lamarre who had 34 in a game Feb 7, 2004 between Manitoba and Saskatchewan).
The Dinos were led by Laura McManes with 18 kills.
WolfPack rookie setter Abby Spratt (Calgary, AB) had 55 assists.
The WolfPack fall to 6-6 on the year while the Dinos move to 9-3.
Iullia Pakhomenko 31 kills in 60 chances, 14 digs, 1 service ace , 1 solo block
Rachel Windhorst 14 kills in 43 swings, 6 digs
Mikayla Funk 4 kills in 17 opportunities, 10 digs
Kendra Finch 14 digs, 2 assists
Abby Spratt 55 assists, 3 service aces, 9 digs.
Laura McManes 18 kills in 45 swings, 7 digs, 3 service aces
Kate Pexman 14 kills in 39 chances, 11 digs, 1 solo block, 2 block assists
Jaylynn Moffatt 11 kills in 25 chances, 6 block assists
Leah Shevkenek 42 assists
Brianna Solberg 16 digs
Kennedy Snape 15 digs
TRU 6-6 Calgary 9-3
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
“We had our chances in the second set to go up 2-0. If we did that, things could have been different. I was proud of the way the girls fought tonight. I think lots of times we have had problems coming back after a night where we have had some success and competing on a high level again. We showed we could do that. We did that tonight. We pushed Calgary to the limit and had our chances to extend it to a fifth set. Obviously Iullia had another monster game. It wasn’t the points she scored; to me it was the best match she has had for talking ,energy and bringing that other aspect to the team. Rachel did that as well and had a great weekend. She fought it out. Kendra is starting to develop some great things at libero. She is starting to pick up a lot of free balls and taking control of the back row. Abby with 55 assists-another strong performance by her. At the end of the day, you lose some but I liked the way we competed.
The 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.