Posted on: October 18, 2014
For the first time in over two years, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team has tasted victory in Canada West regular season play.
After going 0-22 the past two seasons and dropping their first two matches of the 2014-15 regular season, the WolfPack downed the hometown University of Calgary Dinos 3-2 at the Jack Simpson Gym. The scores were 25-20,18-25,25-20, 5-25,18-16.
TRU moves to 1 and 2 on the year while Calgary falls to 2 and 1. The last victory for Thompson Rivers in league play was on February 10, 2012 when they downed UBCO Okanagan in five sets.
“We told the girls after that fourth set that we need to compete and they did a great job coming back and getting a lead in the fifth,” said WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm. “The first three sets were pretty even. We got out to a good lead in the first and third sets but Calgary chipped away at us. In the fourth, we had a blank look on our faces and were thinking of the outcome rather than what was happening.”
On this night, TRU was led by import Iuliia Pakhomenko (3rd year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine). She had 19 kills and five blocks. She served the last two points for the WolfPack.
Krista Hogewoning (4th year, outside hitter, Delta, BC) had 11 kills and 15 digs as well for TRU who saw Kara Twomey (3rd year, setter, Winnipeg, MB) notch 37 assists and 11 digs
Morgan Kolasa (2nd year, middle, Calgary, AB) had three service aces and eight block assists for the WolfPack.
Calgary was led by Ali Woolley with 10 kills. Jordhynn Guy added 38 assists while Amber Brown chipped in with 16 digs.
When asked how satisfying the victory was for the coaching staff, Grimm stated: “Winning is always sweet. It is one of the reasons we are out here. We have worked hard to lay the groundwork. I think the coaching staff and the girls both know that the tools are here for some success. But we need to focus for two hours. Most of the matches will go that long. Calgary has had three straight go five sets. Our last two matches have been the same.”
The same two teams will go at it Saturday (Oct 18) in Calgary. Grimm says his squad won’t be overconfident. “ We know that wins will be difficult to come by. The girls know the history of the program. This win was a good lesson. We need to build from this.”
The WolfPack will then return home for their 2014-15 Canada West home opener as they will host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Friday October 24 th. Game time at the Tournament Capital Centre will be 6 pm.