Posted on: January 6, 2018
If the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team were looking for a character effort, they certainly showed that on Saturday night (Jan 8) on the Kenyon Court at Mount Royal University.
The ‘Pack rallied from a first set deficit to down the host Cougars 3-1. The scores were 19-25,29-27,25-16,25-20.
The two teams split their weekend series. The WolfPack were led offensively for a second straight night by Yevgeniya Nyukhalova with 20 kills. Rachel Windhorst added 15.
Both teams leave with identical 6-8 records.
Yevgeniya Nyukhalova (1st year, outside hitter, Severodontsk, Ukraine) 20 kills in 41 swings, 5 digs, 1 service ace, 1 block assist
Rachel Windhorst (4th year,outside hitter, Surrey, BC) 15 kills in 34 chances, 7 digs, 2 service aces, 2 block assists, 2 assists
Kendra Finch (3rd year outside hitter, North Van, BC) 14 digs, 2 block assists, 2 kills in 9 chances,
Abby Spratt (2nd year, setter, Calgary, AB) 25 assists, 6 digs, 2 block assists
Kaitlin Lomas (5th year, middle, Ponoka, AB) 7 kills in 17 chances,2 service aces, 4 block assists, 3 digs
Hali Drezet (2nd year, libero, Prince George, BC) 6 digs, 2 assists
Cassidy Kitchen: 13 kills in 32 opportunities, 10 digs
Alex Donaghy: 12 kills in 27 swings, 9 digs, 1 service ace
Carly Davies: 12 kills in 27 vchances, 2 digs, 1 service ace
Alisa Dandenault: 38 assists, 2 service aces, 7 digs, 4 block assists
TRU:6-8 Mount Royal: 6-8
TRU head coach Chad Grimm
On match: “It was a much better effort on the defensive side of the ball both on the block and our defense was more disciplined. Our play ‘out of system’ saw us take charge. It was the best we have done taking charge on the court and people supporting out of system plays when it gets scrambly. I thought we did a pretty good job of getting quality swings out of those situations. We served the ball tough and put them in pressure. We received the ball real well. I thought we did well in all those facets. Jane and Rachel had really night offensive nights. Lomas had a strong night. Abby had a good performance and Hali had a strong bounce back game after struggling yesterday. She did a solid job. It was a good team win.”
Thompson Rivers continues their four match road trip when they visit the University of Regina Cougars (Jan 12-13) while the Mount Royal Cougars continue their home stand as they entertain the University of Alberta Pandas.
The WolfPack return home for their first home match of 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 .