Winnipeg, MB: The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have a tough task this weekend—for the third time this season facing a #1 ranked USport team in men’s volleyball.
After meeting Alberta and Trinity earlier this year, the WolfPack are facing number one ranked Manitoba. On Friday night (Feb 3), the Pack lost in straight sets to the host Bisons at the University of Manitoba.
The scores were25-15,25-16,25-17.
The WolfPack took an inexperienced crew to Manitoba this weekend due to injuries and illnesses. They were led by Anton Napolitano (1st year, outside hitter, Victoria, Australia) who had 11 kills in 29 swings.
Manitoba had 13 kills from Devren Deer and 10 kills from Adam DeJonckheere.
Anton Napolitano: 11 kills in 29 chances, 1 service ace, 3 block assist
Kyle Behiels: 5 kills in 8 swings, 2 block assists
Sam Taylor Parks: 3 kills in 10 opportunities, 1 assist, 3 digs
Jakob Hamilton: 22 assists
Devren Dear: 13 kills in 21 swings, 5 digs, 1 block assist
Adam DeJonckheere: 10 kills in 22 opportunities, 2 assists, 3 digs
Luke Herr: 4 kills in 9 attempts, 22 assists, 2 service aces
Dustin Spiring, 2 kills in 4 opportunities, 2 assists, 1 service ace, 8 digs.
MANITOBA 18-1 TRU-2-15
TRU Interim Head Coach Mike Hawkins:
“We are dealing with a bunch of injuries and illnesses to key guys, which meant opportunities were going to be given to different guys in different situations than they’re used to. I thought we served well and put pressure on their serve receive all three sets, but needed to do a better job picking up balls on defense. They’re an aggressive attacking team that I thought we blocked fairly well, but our back row defense needs to be sharper tomorrow.”
“Our middles are a strong point of our team and we need to continue using them more and more. STP and Bird were efficient when given the opportunity. ”
The WolfPack and Bisons close out their weekend series tomorrow (Saturday Feb 4) in Manitoba
Next home action for the WolfPack will be Friday, February 10th when the University of Winnipeg Wesmen pay a visit to the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time will be 7:45 pm.