WolfPack drop five setter to Cougars


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.



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.

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