Posted on: January 6, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team went .500 to open up the second half of the Canada West regular season. After beating the Mount Royal University Cougars 3-1 on Friday (Jan 5), the ‘Pack fell 3-1 to Mount Royal on Saturday (Jan 6).
The scores were 25-13,19-25,25-20,25-14.
After the weekend, both teams have three victories. Both have 22 losses
Tim Dobbert again had the most kills for the WolfPack with 13. Nick Lightfoot led the Cougars for the second straight night with 10.
In the first set, Mount Royal had a early 10 point lead and by the technical timeout, the Cougars pulled ahead of the WolfPack 16-6. The set didn’t last long after the technical timeout. The Cougars took advantage of their momentum over the WolfPack, picking up their attacks, and hitting off the block. The final score of the set was 25-13.
The second set started off as a closer game. The WolfPack was fighting back getting their hands on the Cougars attacks. The WolfPack took a slight lead over the Cougars 11-7 with strong attacks in the front row from Sam Taylor Parks (3rd year, middle, Kelowna, BC) When the WolfPack extended their lead to 14-9 the Cougars called the first timeout of the game At the technical timeout, the WolfPack remained in the lead 16-10
Tied at one set each the third set started out point-for-point. When the Cougars pulled ahead 10-7 the WolfPack called the first timeout of the set. Cougars Gieske served an ace following the timeout. The WolfPacks Napolitano went on a serving streak to tie the game at 12. At the technical timeout, the WolfPack led by one, 16-15.The Cougars were up two sets to one going into the fourth.
Yet again the teams started the set point-for-point. Both teams were switching up their offence mixing in tips and attacks. The WolfPack called the first timeout when the Cougars gained a two-point lead 12-10. The Cougars knew they had to push through the pressure, and they did. They maintained their lead 16-10 at the technical timeout.
Charlie Bringloe (3rd year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON) 7 kills in 23 opportunities, 2 digs, 2 block assists
Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany) 13 kills in 29 chances, 4 digs, 2 block assists
Jordan Foot (5th year, middle, Prince George, BC) 5 kills in 10 swings, 2 service aces, 3 digs, 2 block assists
Anton Napolitano (2nd year, setter, Victoria, Australia) 24 assists 5 digs
Nick Lightfoot: 10 kills in 26 opportunities, 6 digs, 1 block assist
Mitchell Newman: 8 kills in 25 chances, 2 digs, 3 block assists
Tanner Greves: 32 assists 7 digs, 2 solo blocks, 2 block assists
MOUNT ROYAL: 3-11 TRU: 3-11
TRU head coach Pat Hennelly:
On Match: “ We started out really slow but responded quite well in the second set. We had a nice lead midway through the third set. We made some unforced errors and lost some steam. Credit to Mount Royal with defensive intensity. They seemed a lot more energized on their side of the net. The fourth set started out with a couple of big serving runs from Mount Royal. We didn’t have the ability to recover.”
“We went into this game talking about being in playoff intensity. Mount Royal certainly showed that today. We were a little slow to step up to the dance. It cost us in the first and third sets. Hopefully we can make some adjustments for Regina when we have the lead and towards the end of the games we come out with some conviction and get some kills.”
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 19thwhen 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)