WolfPack Men’s Volleyball Drop Opener of Weekend Series In Saskatchewan
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack saw their losing skid extend to six as they dropped a straight set match to the Saskatchewan Huskies. The Canada West mens volleyball match was played Friday afternoon (Feb 24) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The scores were 25-23,25-14,25-17.
TRU falls to 2-21 on the year while the Huskies, who are battling for playoff positioning move to 12-11.
The WolfPack were led offensively by Randy Grundmann (4th year, outside, Winnipeg, MB) who had 10 kills in 25 chances. He was the only player in double figures for TRU.
Saskatchewan’s Andrew Nelson was the top offensive player for his team. He had 11 kills in 14 opportunities
Randy Grundmann: 10 kills in 25 opportunities, 2 digs, 1 block assist
Anton Napolitano: 5 kills in 10 swings, 3 assists, 1 service ace, 6 digs, 3 block assists
Douglas Groenendijk: 4 kills in 7 chances, 1 assist, 1 service ace.
Daniel Eikeland Rod: 3 kills in 12 chances, 3 service aces, 1 block assist
Jakob Hamilton: 20 assists, 1 dig
Andrew Nelson: 11 kills in 14 swings, 2 service aces, 2 digs
Colin Fraser: 9 kills in 12 opportunities, 1 assist, 1 service ace,4 digs
Tyler Epp: 7 kills in 14 chances, 2 service aces, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Zak Rempel: 7 kills in 13 attempts, 2 digs
Troy Wiebe: 23 assists, 2 digs.
TRU: 2-21 SASKATCHEWAN: 12-11
TRU Interim Head Coach Mike Hawkins:
“Story of the match was our errors. We put pressure on them from the service line early and attacked very well, but defensively we weren’t able to execute, and when we did, we made errors that killed any of our momentum. ”
“We knew Saskatchewan was going to come out with a lot of fire and energy to push into the playoffs, but we struggled to match their intensity and it cost us”
The WolfPack and Huskies will close out the Canada West regular season Saturday (Feb 18). Game time will be 8:30 pm CDT. The WolfPack are out of the playoff hunt. Saskatchewan is still battling for the final spot. It will be final USport/Canada West career match for TRU’s Daniel Eikeland Rod.
“Off Balance” WolfPack Women’s Volleyball Drop First of Two In Sask
.The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack looked—in their coaches words– a little uninspired as they opened up their final Canada West women’s volleyball regular season weekend in Saskatoon. The WolfPack, playing at the equivalent of 11:30 am Pacific Time, lost 3-1 to the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
TRU arrived at Midnight Pacific Time in Saskatoon and didn’t have the benefit of ‘serve and pass’ before the match.
TRU’s Kaitlin Lomas (4th year, middle, Ponoka, AB) had a career match leading the WolfPack’s attack with 12 kills in 21 chances. She added two digs and a block assist.
Rachel Windhorst (3rd year, outside, Surrey, BC) had 10 kills in 31 swings.
Saskatchewan had three players in double figures led by Taylor Annala with 13 kills.
TRU falling to 13-10 on the year. Saskatchewan raised their record to 7-16.
TRU 23 25 17 23
Saskatchewan 25 23 25 25
Kaitlin Lomas: 12 kills in 21 opportunities 2 digs 12.5 points
Rachel Windhorst: 10 kills in 31 swings, 11 digs, 2 service aces, 1 assist, 11 points
Iuliia Pakhomenko: 7 kills in 21 chances, 6 digs, 4 block assists, 2 service aces: 11 points
Abby Spratt: 26 assists, 5 digs, 1 block assist
Kendra Finch: 11 digs
Taylor Annala: 13 kills in 33 chances, 4 assist, 2 service aces, 5 digs 15.5 points
Marguerite Ferguson: 11 kills in 21 swings, 1 solo block, 4 block assists 14,5 points
Emmalyn Copping: 10 kills in 29 opportunities, 4 service aces, 11 digs, 1 block assist 14 points
Mackenzie Pek: 40 assists, 5 service aces, 9 digs, 3 block assists 9.5 points
TRU 13-10 Saskatchewan: 7-16
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
“We looked uninspired. We tried to grind it out but we couldn’t find our rhythm. Usually when we are flat someone picks us up and others follow. Kaitlin (Lomas) was doing all she could but it is difficult when you are a middle. You are unable to pass. We weren’t there mentally and physically not until the second set.
“She had the hot hand for sure. A career match for her.”
On Disruption in routine:
“We got in late and didn’t have a serve and pass because Sask is hosting basketball. No regular warm up as well. But we have to learn to deal with those distractions and be mentally ready to go all the time.”
The two teams will finish off their weekend series tomorrow (Feb 25) night at 6:30 pm.
WolfPack Battle But Drop Canada West Quarter Final To Dinos
Lessons learned. The youthful Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team were close, they led but eventually they fell victim to the veteran University of Calgary Dinos in Canada West quarter final action on Friday (Feb 24).
The WolfPack dropped a 76-68 decision to the host Dinos at the Jack Simpson Gym. Calgary swept TRU—who had only one fifth year player—in two straight games and advance to host the Canada West Final Four.
The WolfPack had a 22-18 first quarter lead as Mike Rouault (2nd year, guard, Vernon, BC) hit a half court buzzer beater. The teams were tied at 41 at the half. In the third quarter, TRU jumped out with a 6-0 run and had a five point lead at one point before leading by 3 (56-53) going into the final quarter. The teams were tied at 66 with three minutes left in the contest until fouls and turnovers got the best of TRU.
The victory was the fourth straight for Calgary over TRU dating back to the 2015-16 Canada West championship: which was also played at the Jack Simpson Gym.
Vladimir Iegorov (5th year, forward, Donetsk, Ukraine)-playing his final university game—led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds for TRU.
Calgary’s main offensive came from Thomas Cooper who had 26.
The lead changed 16 times in the contest.
Volodymyr Iegorov: 20 points, 11 rebounds (all defense), 3 assists, 2 steals in 38 mins
Derek Rhodes: 11 points, 3 rebounds (2 defense), 4 assists in 33 minutes
Mike Rouault: 10 points, 5 rebounds (3 defense), 1 steal, 1 assist in 19 minutse
Madhu McConnell: 8 points, 2 rebounds (both defense), 1 steal in 32minutes
Luke Morris: 8 points, 5 rebounds (all defense) in 29 minutes
Thomas Cooper: 26 points, 9 rebounds (8 defense), 3 assists in 32 minutes
Mambi Diawara: 15 points, 7 rebounds (all defense), 5 steals, 2 assists in 28 minutes.
Jhony Verrone: 13 points, 11 rebounds (9 defense), 3 assists, 2 steals in 32 minutes
David Kapinga: 11 points, 3 rebounds (2 defense), 2 assists,1 block in 36 minutes.
SCORES BY PERIOD:
Calgary 18 23 12 23 76
TRU 22 19 15 12 68
Calgary 47 TRU 34
Calgary 15 TRU 14
Calgary 9 TRU 5
POINTS IN THE PAINT:
Calgary 32 TRU 26
Calgary 20 TRU j15
WolfPack head coach Scott Clark:
On the Game:
The Dinos now host the Canada West Final Four next weekend.