Calgary, AB- The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack wound up their first weekend Canada West men’s volleyball regular season of 2017 being swept on the road. The WolfPack kicked off a four match road swing losing to the host University of Calgary Dinos Friday night (Jan 6).
TRU lost in straight sets to the Dinos. The scores at the Jack Simpson Gym were 25-23,25-18,30-28.
The WolfPack were close in the first set but again couldn’t finish in that set and the third. Daniel Eikland Rod (5th year, outside hitter, Oz, Norway) led the way offensively for TRU with 11 kills in 18 swings.
Jakob Hamilton (1st year, setter, Calgary, AB) had 27 assists and seven digs.
Calgary was led by Curtis Stockton with 17 kills in 36 chances.
The WolfPack had 94 team attacks compared to 90 for Calgary. They also had 31 team digs to the Dinos 29.
Daniel Eikland Rod :11 kills in 18 chances, 1 assist, 1 dig
Randy Grundmann: 8 kills in 27 swings, 3 digs
Tim Edge: 8 kills in 23 opportunities, 2 service aces, 3 digs, 1 block assist
Jakob Hamilton: 27 assists, 7 digs
Curtis Stockton: 17 kills in 36 swings, 2 assists, 4 digs, 1 service ace, 1 block assist
Alex Bader: 12 kills in 24 chances, 2 service aces, 3 digs, 1 block assist
Alex Cook: 23 assists, 6 digs
TRU: 1-11 Calgary: 5-7
TRU Interim Head Coach Mike Hawkins:
“Tough one tonight. We controlled the entire first set until we hit 22, then we showed our inexperience and got tight instead of having the confidence to close out. We deserved that first set, and after that loss, we had a tough time bouncing back. We fought hard in the third but in the end, couldn’t close out. These are the lessons this group needs to learn, but for us to be a successful program, we need to start applying these lessons to our matches.”
On Play of Daniel Eikland Rod:
“Danny played well coming off the bench. He provided a spark offensively and from the service line”
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.