KAMLOOPS, BC:  Smiles all around at the Tournament Capital Centre as the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack opened up the 2017-18 Canada West men’s volleyball season with a victory.

Pat Hennelly returned to the WolfPack bench after a year away and saw his team beat the visiting MacEwan University Griffins 3-1.  The scores on the Warner Rentals court on Friday (Oct 20) were 25-22,25-15, 23-25.27-25,


The match marked the return of Hennelly to Canada West after taking a sabbatical to pursue his master’s degree.

The WolfPack were led by newcomer Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany). He had 19 kills in 41 swings.  He was also named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” Player of the match.

MacEwan was led by Kai Hesthammer (4th year, Oysterese, Norway) with 10 kills in 22 chances.


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Kal Hesthammer  10 kills in 22 chances, 3 service aces, 7 digs

Jonathan Mohler(2nd year, setter, Edmonton, AB) 13 assists, 3 digs

Caleb Weiss (1st year, setter, Sherwood Park, AB)  15 assists 3 digs


Tim Dobbert 19 kills in 41 swings, 4 service aces, 2 digs, 1 solo block 5 block assist

Johua Mullaney (3rd year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) 11 kills in 28 chances, 1 solo block 1 block assist

Randy Grundmann (5th year, outside, Winnipeg, MB) 10 kills in 17 opportunities,2 service aces,

Alex Cassels (5th year, setter, East St. Paul, MB) 42 assists, 10 digs, 3 block assists

Iaac Smit (4th year, libero, Kelowna, BC) 11 digs


TRU  1-0     MacEwan  0-1




TRU head coach Pat Hennelly:

On Win: ”It is always nice to start with a win that’s for sure. We knew that we would have nerves. There is obviously some residue from last year after not having a good year. You get that feeling of looking over your shoulder when things don’t go your way. I thought the guys did a good job of battling through that stuff. Josh Mullaney and Charlie Bringloe are third year players but it is their first time on the floor. I thought we did a good job of composure and pushing the game. I thought we did a bad job at times of being complacent and waiting. We got some lessons and things we have to work on. Big crowd. The guys battling nerves. I was proud of the way the guys came through and a big play by Isaac Smit at the end.”


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MacEwan coach Brad Poplawski:

On game: : “we had some good things tonight. Some bad. But we couldn’t stop the big German. I liked that we battled back from from 2-0. We had some swings to push it to five. They made two unbelievable plays and showed some resilience. I liked the fact we had four first year players on the floor.”

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