Vancouver, BC :   The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have dropped the opener of their best of three Canada West women’s volleyball quarter final.  The ‘Pack lost in straight sets to the host University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Friday night (Mar 3).



The WolfPack fell by scores of 25-16, 25-23, 26-24 in the best of three series, which will resume Saturday night (Mar 4) in Vancouver.   TRU was led by Iuliia Pakhomenko (5th year, outside, Donetsk, Ukraine). She had 11 kills in 28 chances and eight digs.

UBC was led offensively by Juliana Kaufmanis with 13 kills in 28 swings and 3 digs



Iullia Pakhomenko: 13 kills in 28 opportunities, 8 digs, 2 service aces

Rachel Windhorst: 11 kills in 22 attempts, 2 service aces, 2 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist

Kendra Finch: 7 digs

Abby Spratt: 12 assists, 2 digs


Juliana Kaufmanis: 13 kills in 28 chances, 3 digs

Danielle Brisebois:  11 kills in 24 swings, 8 digs, 2 assists, 1 solo block

Alessandra Gentile: 23 assists, 4 digs


TRU head coach Chad Grimm:

On the match

“We came out a little bit nervous and got away from our game plan. We started to speed up the game a little too much and couldn’t find our rhythm.  We also didn’t communicate and some indecision cost us the first set and a half. We found a way to turn it around and ground it out in the second set. UBC gave up some runs and struggled from the service line which allowed us to hang around in the second. In the third, we had the lead and let it go at the end unfortunately. We had some lessons learned. The girls are ready for tomorrow knowing that we didn’t play our best game. We need to play a little bit better.  UBC didn’t play above our level. We need to play our game and we’ll do better tomorrow..


Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (March 4, 2017)  at UBC.  Game time is 5 pm.  Webcast on Canada West TV will begin around 4:45 pm.

If a third and deciding match is needed: it will be played Sunday (March 5, 2017) at 2 pm.  The winner of the series moves to the Canada West final four the following weekend in Edmonton, Alberta. It is being hosted by the University of Alberta Pandas.