LANGLEY, BC—The 2017-18 Canada West season has come to an end for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team.
The WolfPack have been eliminated in two straight games by the Canada West regular season champion Trinity Western University Spartans.
Similar to Thursday’s match, this one was a 3-1 decision.
Again in this match, Thompson Rivers was in the contest but fell 25-14,29-31,25-13, 25-23.
The Spartans move into the Canada West final four. For the WolfPack, there were lessons learned as they now shift focus to prepare for next season.
In this match, Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany) led their offensive attack with 16 kills. Jordan Foot (5th year, middle, Prince George, BC) had seven kills with Sam Taylor Parks (3rd year, middle, Kelowna, BC) contributing six kills.
Trinity Western was led by Jesse Elser with 18 kills. Eric Loeppky added 14 kills while Jacob Kern contributed seven kills.
The Spartans had 13 team blocks to TRU’s four. Both teams had 17 service errors.
In the first set, the Spartans had a pair of 4-0 runs (11-7 to 14-7) and (21-11 to 24-11). Elser had five kills in 16 chances to lead Trinity Western while Dobbert had three kills in eight swings.
The second set saw the WolfPack up 4-2 early. Trinity went on a 5-0 run to take the lead (7-4) which forced Thompson Rivers head coach Pat Hennelly to call a time out. The WolfPack though, were first to the tech time out in this set (16-12). Dobbert had seven kills in this set for Thompson Rivers. Elser had four kills for Trinity Western.
Trinity jumped to an early 6-3 lead in the third and later led 12-9. They went on a 9-0 lead to salt the set away (15-12 to 24-12).
Scores by sets:
Trinity Western: 25 29 25 25 –3
Thompson Rivers: 14 31 13 23 –1
Tim Dobbert: 16 kills in 38 chances, 2 service aces, 2 block assists
Jordan Foot: 7 kills in 10 swings, 3 block assists
Sam Taylor Parks: 6 kills in 12 opportunities, 2 service aces, 1 block assist
Joshua Mullaney (3rd year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) 4 kills in 6 attempts, 1 block assist
Anton Napolitano (2nd year, setter, Victoria, Australia) 4 kils in 9 chances, 31 assists, 2 service aces
Jesse Elser: 18 kills in 26 opportunities, 3 service aces, 4 block assists
Eric Loeppky: 14 kills in 24 chances, 4 service aces, 3 block assists
Jacob Kern: 7 kills in 15 swings
Adam Schriemer: 44 assists, 2 service aces, 2 block assists
TRU head coach Pat Hennelly:
On Match: “ It was another great night and a positive experience in the playoffs. We were able to battle one of the top teams in the country. Trinity Western is always a tough place to play. They are the defending national champs. The guys did a good job of competing all weekend. Both middles—Sam and Jordan Foot were good. Obviously, Tim Dobbert had another great night offensively for us. We struggled in two of the sets. We lost a little focus and Trinity piled on the score. We had two very competitive sets and quite frankly could have been in a fifth set with a couple of plays down the stretch. Overall, a good learning experience for the guys. A good first time playoff for many of these guys. We set the table for next year to be a little more solid throughout the season and hopefully secure a home playoff date for these guys. Really looking forward to the future. We laid a solid foundation in the second half and really proud of the guys on how they handled the first round of the playoffs. Really looking forward to the off season and next year. 2018 has been very solid for the WolfPack.”