REGINA, SK– The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack opened up a weekend Canada West women’s volleyball series in Regina on the wrong foot.
Friday night (Jan 12) against the University of Regina Cougars, the ‘Pack were up 2-1 but wound up losing in five sets to the Cougars
The scores were 27-25,20-25,21-25,25-20,15-11. The WolfPack fall to 6-9 on the year while Regina moves to 7-5.
The WolfPack were led by Rachel Windhorst with 26 kills. Mikayla Funk and Yevgeniya Nyukhalova each had 11 kills while Abby Spratt had 54 assists and a team leading seven service aces.
Regina’s top offensive output came out of Ashlee Sandiford with 20 kills.
SCORES BY SETS:
TRU 25 25 25 20 11
Regina 27 20 21 25 15
Rachel Windhorst (4th year,outside hitter, Surrey, BC) 26 kills in 58 chances, 8 digs
Mikayla Funk (2nd year, outside hitter, South Surrey, BC) 11 kills in 26 swings, 15 digs, 2 block assists, 1 service ace
Yevgeniya Nyukhalova (1st year, outside hitter, Severodontsk, Ukraine) 11 kills in 33 chances, 9 digs, 3 block assists
Abby Spratt (2nd year, setter, Calgary, AB) 54 assists, 11 digs, 7 service aces
Kendra Finch (3rd year outside hitter, North Van, BC) 20 digs, 4 assists, 5 kills in 22 chances
Ashlee Sandiford: 20 kills in 54 opportunities, 3 service aces, 15 digs
Jessica Lerminiaux: 15 kills in 37 swings, 8 digs, 3 block assists
Haley Wagar: 11 kills in 30 chances, 2 service aces 3 digs
Satomi Togawa: 42 assists 12 digs
Taylor Ungar: 18 digs 6 assists
TRU: 6-9 REGINA: 7-8
TRU head coach Chad Grimm
On match: “”I thought if we could have got the job done in the first set it would have been a different outcome. We were playing fairly well in the second and third set. Credit to Regina, they picked up their serve/reception as the match went along and made it tough on us. They had more options as their passing picked up and didn’t give us too many free points. Unfortunately, we gave too many free points as the match went into its latter stages. We had stretches when we played well and some stretches where we gave away too many free points on the defensive part of the ball. Hopefully we come out with a better effort tomorrow.”
Thompson Rivers and Regina wind up their weekend series tomorrow (Saturday Jan 13). Match time begins at 5 pm CDT. The WolfPack return home for their first home match of 2018 when they entertain the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time will be 6 pm.