Posted on: January 13, 2018
The temperature outside could very well be interpreted as the same way the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack played on Saturday night (Jan 13) in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The WolfPack couldn’t find their groove and wound up dropping a 3-1 decision to the University of Regina Cougars.
The scores were 25-21,16-25,25-22,25-16 as TRU fell to 6-10 on the year and were swept by the Cougars this weekend.
The WolfPack were led offensively by Yevgeniya Nyukhalova with 21 kills. Mikayla Funk added 10 kills while Abby Spratt had 38 assists.
Regina, who are now 8-8 on the campaign had 11 from Brooklyn Reynolds.
Yevgeniya Nyukhalova (1st year, outside hitter, Severodontsk, Ukraine) 21 kills in 39 chances, 3 digs, 1 service ace
Mikayla Funk (2nd year, outside hitter, South Surrey, BC) 10 kills in 21 swings, 6 digs, 3 service aces
Rachel Windhorst (4th year,outside hitter, Surrey, BC) 8 kill sin 38 opportunities, 16 digs
Kendra Finch (3rd year outside hitter, North Van, BC) 17 digs, 5 kills in 12 chances 5 assists
Abby Spratt (2nd year, setter, Calgary, AB) 38 assists, 8 digs, 2 service aces, 2 solo blocks, 1 block assist
Hali Drezet (2nd year, libero, Prince George, BC) 10 digs, 2 assists
Brookyln Reynolds: 11 kills in 22 opportunities 1 dig
Jessica Lerminiaux: 10 kills in 43 swings, 5 block assists, 4 digs, 2 service aces, 1 assist
Satomi Togawa: 33 assists, 8 digs, 2 service aces
Taylor Ungar: 17 digs, 5 assists
TRU: 6-10 REGINA: 8-8
TRU head coach Chad Grimm
On match: “ I thought we struggled quite a bit on reception and it didn’t allow us to be super-efficient offensively. It put us out of system the whole match and we couldn’t find a rhythm. I thought we played OK. But I don’t think we really found a level where everything was clicking both emotionally and technically. We were trying to break through and try and find some fire. When you are out of system for almost two hours it is tough. We have to find away to break through that emotional barrier when things aren’t rolling for us.”
Thompson Rivers returns home for their first home match of 2018 next weekend (Jan 19-20) when they entertain the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time will be 6 pm on the Friday night and 5 pm on the Saturday night.
The Cougars are on the road next weekend as they visit Langley, BC to meet the defending league and national champion Trinity Western University Spartans.
All of the above matches can be seen on a pay-per-view basis on www.CanadaWesttv.com .