Posted on: November 12, 2014
The resurgence of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team continues.
For the first time in five years, the team has received an honorable mention in the CIS top 10 rankings. As well, for the second straight week—outside hitter Iuliia Pakhomenko was named a Canada West Star of the Week
The WolfPack are 5 and 5 and split with the now number two ranked Brandon Bobcats last weekend. In today (Tuesday’s rankings), Chad Grimm’s club was one of four teams to get the honorable mention tag.
Alberta is the number one ranked women’s volleyball team in the nation followed by Brandon, Montreal, Laval and Toronto.
Other Canada West teams in the top ten and honorable mentions are: UBCO (ranked sixth), UBC (in at number seven), Trinity Western (eighth), Calgary (ninth) and Manitoba (honorable mention).
Says Grimm about the honorable mention: “To me it just means that we are moving in the right direction and that we can compete at this level every time we step on the court.”
Pakhomenko, the Canada West First Star of the Week from last week continued her fine play. She began the weekend with 12 kills in 28 chances, five service aces, eight digs, one solo block and one block assist on the three-set loss to Brandon.
On the following day, Iuliia notched 26 kills in 44 chances in a three-set win over the previously unbeaten Bobcats.
“Iuliia was outstanding again this weekend. She was solid on Friday night, racking up 12 kills and 5 aces, another efficient outing by her. On Saturday, however, she took the responsibility on her shoulders and put together one of the most dominating performances I have witnessed in CIS women’s volleyball. Hitting at the efficiency she did and getting the volume of sets that she had made it a truly great performance, and fittingly it took place on her 23rd birthday,” Grimm said.
Pokamenko and her TRU mates will be home to Winnipeg on November 14-15.
The WolfPack are home this weekend entertaining the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. Game time Friday (Nov 14) at the Tournament Capital Centre is 6 pm.