WolfPack Men’s Volleyball open 2018 with victory

  Posted on: January 5, 2018

Anton Napolitano (Andrew Snucins photo)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team have kicked off the 2018 calendar year with a victory. Playing Friday night (Jan 5) at Mount Royal University, the ‘Pack downed the hometown Cougars 3-1.

The scores were 25-19,21-25,25-17,29-27 as the WolfPack move to 3-10 on the year. Mount Royal falls to 2-11.

TRU was led by Tim Dobbert with 15 kills. Randy Grundmann chipped in with eight with Sam Taylor Parks contributing 7. Anton Napolitano had 39 assists.

SYNOPSIS

The WolfPack won the first set after jumping out to an 11-6 lead, lost the second when Mount Royal was up 16-13 going into the technical time out. In the third set, TRU trailed until they rattled off two in a row to lead 11-9 and won a marathon fourth set for the victory. This was the first of a two match weekend series between the two squads, who are both battling for their playoff lives to begin the second half of the Canada West season.

Mount Royal was led by Nick Lightfoot with 13 kills. Tyler Schmidt added 12.

WolfPack assistant coach, Cameron Secret said, “ A win is a win and those have been hard to come by for us lately. The break really helped to refresh the players and clear their heads. Going into tomorrow’s match I would like to see a more consistent level of game play and focus. We came out strong in the first and slowly lost it.”

 

KEY STATS:

TRU:

Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany) 15 kills in 34 swings, 5 digs, 2 block assists

Randy Grundmann (5th year, outside hitter, Winnipeg, MB) 8 kills in 19 chances, 10 digs

Sam Taylor Parks (3rd year, middle, Kelowna, BC) 7 kills in11 opportunities, 2 block assists

Anton Napolitano (2nd year, setter, Victoria, Australia) 39 assists, 4 digs, 2 service aces

Landon Currie (1st year, libero, Vernon, BC)11 digs

 

MOUNT ROYAL:

Nick Lightfoot: 13 kills in 29 swings, 6 block assists, 5 digs

Tyler Schmidt: 12 kills in 41 chances, 8 digs, 5 block assists

Scott Gieske: 5 kills in 6 opportunities, 3 service aces, 3 block assists, 2 digs

Tanner Greves: 32 assists, 8 digs

RECORD

TRU 3-10   MOUNT ROYAL 2-11

 

QUOTES:

TRU head coach Pat Hennelly:

On Match: “had a solid match from Anton in the setting position. Jordan Foot (5th year, middle, Prince George, BC) came in and made an immediate impact attacking and blocking. We did a good job from the service line as well again led by Anton with two aces. Randy Grundmann was solid both attacking and blocking with four block assists. Tim Dobbert led the team with 15.5 points.”

UP NEXT:

The WolfPack and Cougars wind up their weekend series tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 6) with a 5:30 pm MDT start time.   TRU will continue their four match road trip next weekend (Jan 12-13) in Regina against the Cougars while Mount Royal will entertain Alberta.

Next home match for Thompson Rivers will be Friday, January 19th when they entertain the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time will be 6 pm.

All of the above matches can we viewed on a pay per view basis on www.canadawesttv.com.

 

(with assistance from Mount Royal Sports Information)

 

 

     

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