KAMLOOPS, BC—With their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team opened up a four match Canada West home stand with a loss
The WolfPack dropped the opening set, rallied to win the next two but then fell in five sets to the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies 3-2 on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. The match was played Friday (Jan 19).
The match was the fifth straight five set decision in a row for the Huskies.
The scores were 28-26,16-25,19-25,25-20, 16-14. Saskatchewan moves to 9-8 while TRU falls to 6-11.
This was the second straight five set loss for the WolfPack and their seventh of the season.
The WolfPack jumped out to an early 4-0 lead causing Saskatchewan head coach Mark Dodds to call a time out. The Huskies responded by scoring three straight and later tied the first set at 11 and they reached the technical time out leading 16-14. Saskatchewan won the first set thanks to six kills from Emily Koshinksy (2nd year, outside hitter, Jansen, SK).
The second set saw TRU come out inspired and led 13-8 at one point and led 16-10 going into the technical time out. The WolfPack won the second set by nine led by five kills from Rachel Windhorst (4th year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC).
That set spurred on Thompson Rivers as they jumped out to a five point lead and wound up leading by eight (16-8) at the time out and took the second set 25-19. Windhorst added another six kills in that frame, giving her 15 on the night at that point. Setter Anastasiya Muzyka (1st year, Poltawa, Ukraine) had three service aces in that set. The Huskies were the victims of their own errors heading into the fourth set, accumulating 19 attack errors to TRU’s nine.
The fourth saw Saskatchewan battle back from a deficit to tie things up and take their first lead at 8-7. The Huskies extended their lead to as much as six (22-16). Saskatchewan entered the tech time out up by three (16-13) and wound up winning by five (25-20).
In the race-to-15- final set, The Huskies rallied from a 1-0 deficit and took a 4-2 lead before TRU tied it at 4. The teams fought each other point for point until TRU entered the break leading 8-7. Saskatchewan pulled it out winning the final two points of the match.
They were led by Koshinsky with 18 kills. TRU’s main offensive weapon was Windhorst with 20.
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
On Match: “ It was a tough one. We battled hard. There were runs on both teams where one would jump out a little bit when the other team had a lull. I thought we battled hard and that is the only thing I can expect from the team.”
On who played well: “Both teams struggled at times in service/reception. We struggled in the first set but got it back together in the second and third. In the fourth it went away a little bit. The fifth was back and forth. We had chances to win it at 14-12 but didn’t get it done.
On subbing in Muzyka and Ludvig in the second set:” I thought we needed a change in tempo of our offense. Anna came in and did a good job coming in and running some stuff, running some tempo and getting some other people involved. Obviously they saw a lot of Abby (Spratt) on tape. I thought she came in and did a good job Hali (Drezet, 2nd year, libero, Prince George, BC) was struggling a bit on reception. Katie came in and did a good job stabilizing things and was solid.”