WolfPack WVB bested in four by host Cougars

  Posted on: January 5, 2018

Anastasiya Muzyka back sets (Michelle Pottle photo)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have dropped their first match of the 2018 portion of their Canada West women’s volleyball season.

Playing Friday (Jan 5) at the Kenyan Court at Mount Royal University, the Cougars took Thompson Rivers 3-1. The scores were 25-19,25-21,16-25,25-17.

TRU’s record drops to 5-8 while Mount Royal moves to 6-7 on the season.



The WolfPack’s only set win was the third where the lead changed three times. Mount Royal had 12.5 team blocks to TRU’s eight. Yevgeniya Nyukhalova led the way offensively for Thompson Rivers with 17 kills. Rachel Windhorst added 15.

The Cougars main offensive weapon was Alex Donaghy with 15 kills.

The first set saw the WolfPack rally from an 8-5 deficit to tie it at 10 before losing. In the second set, TRU was down 8-4 before calling a time out. They clawed their way back to a 2 point deficit (19-17) before falling short. The WolfPack won the third set after leading 16-10 going into the technical time out. The fourth set saw TRU down 19-14 at one point but couldn’t recover.

Thompson Rivers Abby Spratt, a Calgary native said, “I thought we played aggressively but in the end, things just didn’t go our way. I’m really hoping tomorrow we can come out and pull off a win.”





Yevgeniya Nyukhalova (1st year, outside hitter, Severodontsk, Ukraine) 17 kills in 44 swings, 9 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist

Rachel Windhorst (4th year,outside hitter, Surrey, BC) 15 kills in 40 chances, 11 digs, 2 service aces, 3 block assists

Abby Spratt (2nd year, setter, Calgary, AB) 23 assists, 5 digs

Anastasiya Muzyka (1st year, Poltawa, Ukraine) 10 assists, 1 dig


Mount Royal:

Alex Donaghy: 15 kills in 32 opportunities, 11 digs, four block assists, 3 service aces

Chantal Park: 10 kills in 29 chances, 13 digs, 5 block assists, 1 service ace

Cassidy Kitchen: 6 kills in 26 swings, 12 digs, 4 block assists

Alisa Dandenault: 36 assists, 8 digs


TRU:5-8   Mount Royal: 6-7



TRU head coach Chad Grimm

On match: “ I thought we were still on vacation in the first two sets when it came defensive intensity. We gave up too many free points which was the underlying story of this match for both teams. When we were successful, Mount Royal was giving up too many of those points. We did the same when they were rolling. Looking ahead to Saturday, we need to cut down reception and attack errors. We need to be more disciplined and have to make better choices on our ‘out of system’ play and attack selection.”


The WolfPack and Cougars conclude their weekend series tomorrow (Jan 27). It begins at 6 pm MDT.

Next home match for Thompson Rivers will be Friday, January 19, 2018 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 be seen on a pay-per-view basis on www.CanadaWesttv.com.

(with assistance from Mount Royal Sports Information)






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