WolfPack women’s volleyball to Mount Royal to begin 2nd Half

  Posted on: January 4, 2018

Yevgeniya Nyukhalova leads the Canada West in kills and kills per set (Andrew Snucins photo)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team will start the 2018 portion of their Canada West season on the road for the first two weeks.

They begin the second half of the year this weekend (Jan 5-6) in Calgary, Alberta as they meet the Mount Royal Cougars.
They meet the Cougars Friday and Saturday before facing the University of Regina Cougars next weekend (Jan 12-13). They aren’t back at the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre until Friday January 19 th when they entertain the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

Game Information:

Date: Friday, January 5/Saturday January 6 Time: 730 pm/5:30 pm MDT
Location: Kenyon Court, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB
TRU Record: 5-7 (tied for 8 th in CW) Last 5 Matches: 2-3 (Pack are 2-4 on the road this season)
Mount Royal Record: 5-7 (tied for 8 th in CW) Last 5 Matches: 1-4 (Cougars are 3-3 at home this season)

Important Game Notes:

For the WolfPack: Yevegeniya Nyukhalova (1st year, outside hitter, Severodontsk, Ukraine) leads the Canada West in kills per set (4.22) and kills (194). Kendra Finch (3rd year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC) is third in the Canada West in digs (189) and fifth in digs per set (4.02).
Mount Royal is led by Alex Donaghy who is fourth in the league in kills per set (3.64) and kills (171). She is also second in service aces per set (0.70).

Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm:

1. Thoughts on the schedule in the second half of the season? We start with two teams that we are currently tied with in the standings on the road so it will be important for us to get out to a good start right off the hop here in January.

2. A lot of your matches are at home in the second half—after these first two weeks, that has to be a positive and how can you work that to your advantage? It is always nice to be at home when we don’t miss school and spend time with travelling and playing in front of family and friends so it will definitely be nice to spend the majority of the last portion of the season at home.

3. At 5-7, is a playoff spot still a possibility? Definitely we are in the hunt for playoffs but we will have to perform against teams that are either even with us or above us in the standings.

4. Facing Mount Royal this week on the road. What are your thoughts on the series? They are a tough team that handled us easily in the preseason so it will be good for us to see how far we have come in that time. They serve the ball really well so we will need to be mentally tough the whole weekend to maintain focus and not give up too many free points.

5. How do you match up against the Cougars? I think with the league this year the team that plays with the most discipline and is able to be stable will be successful.

6. You got a strong first half from a number of players. Who are you expecting to lead you in the second half? I expect to get big contributions from everyone if we want to be successful. This includes players that are not on the floor at any given time contributing what they can for the team so we can perform at an optimal level.

7. What are you expecting out of your graduating players—Rachel Windhorst, Kaitlin Lomas and Samantha Sonnenberg in the next few months? I hope they are able to cherish this time as their university careers wind up and allow themselves to play free and in the moment and I know it can sometimes be a challenge to not think about things that await once post-secondary athletics and university are complete.

If you can’t make the game/match: watch online (pay per view) at www.canadawesttv.ca

Home game/match highlights will be available by logging onto www.gowolfpack.tru.ca


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