The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack were swept this weekend in Canada West men’s volleyball play.
On Saturday (Feb 11) on the Warner Rentals Court, the Pack fell 3-0 to the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen. The decision came on the night that TRU honored its lone fifth year player: Daniel Eikeland Rod of Oz, Norway.
The Wesmen moved to 11-9 on the year as they got 14 kills from Casey Schouten (4th year, outside, East St. Paul, MB). He had 25 attempts.
TRU’s main offensive weapon was Randy Grundmann (4th year, outside hitter, Winnipeg, MB) who had 13 kills in 28 chances.
Eikeland Rod had 11 kills in 26 opportunities.
Randy Grundmann: 13 kills in 28 attempts, 2 digs, 2 block assists
Daniel Eikeland Rod: 11 kills in 26 opportunities, 7 digs, 1 block assist
Anton Napolitano: 8 kills in 23 chances, 1 service ace, 6 digs, 1 block assist
Jakob Hamilton: 36 assists, 2 digs, 2 block assists
Doug Groenendijk: 4 kills in 8 chances, 2 service aces
Casey Schouten: 24 kills in 25 chances, 1 service ace,9 digs, 4 block assists
Taylor Howe: 8 kills in 14 swings, 8 digs, 3 block assists
Garrett Jones: 6 kills in 11 chances, 2 digs, 6 block assists
Brendan Thielmann 6 kills in 17 attempts, 2 assists, 3 block assists
Mikael Clegg: 34 assists, 4 digs, 1 solo block and 1 block assist
WINNIPEG: TRU: 2-18
TRU interim head coach Mike Hawkins (1st year):
“I think we didn’t have the start we were looking for. Obviously it wasn’t as good as it was last night. Eventhough the scores didn’t show it I thought we did the smaller things much better tonight. I thought Winnipeg played very well…very clean. I thought their middles did a great job. We knew Casey was going to score the points that he does. He is a very talented athlete. I thought their middles complimented him well. They posed some difficulties for us in the middle both offensively and defensively. They shut down our middles really well. That led to the gaps between sets. I thought we passed well and our defense got better in the final set. At the end of the day, you need to play a more complete game to beat most teams in this league. I think Winnipeg is a team which is very much on the rise. There are a lot of teams at the top of the division that don’t want to see them in playoffs. Winnipeg is a team that, if they get hot have the ability to go off.”
Wesmen head coach Larry McKay:
“Solid match performance wise by us. We faced a good team and we rose to the occasion. We had a lot of respect for TRU and came out expecting to pass well. We wound up blocking well as a result. It was a good output for us. Our Middles are a work in progress. The TRU mids were a good match up for them.”
The WolfPack have two more weeks of regular season matches. Theyclose out the home portion of the regular season with a home date on Thursday (Nov 16) against the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. Game time is 7:45 pm.The teams meet again next Saturday( Feb 18) in Kelowna.
The Wesmen entertain the Trinity Western University Spartans.
All of the above will be shown on a pay per view basis on Canada West TV.
OF NOTE: The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was Rod: as is the tradition for graduating players. This wasn’t his final home match tough, but the coaching staff decided to honor him this weekend since his mother, grandmother and aunt flew in from Norway for the weekend.