Posted on: February 8, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have dropped the opener of a home and home series with the number one ranked team in USPORTS women’s volleyball.
Playing Thursday night (Feb 8) at the “Furnace”, the WolfPack were beaten in four sets by the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.
The scores were 25-22,25-15, 16-25,25-16. The Heat move to 17-4 on the year while TRU falls to 7-14.
The WolfPack’s playoff hopes were pretty well extinguished with the loss. They have three matches to play and will have to win all three and get help in order to make it to the post season. In this match, they were led by Rachel Windhorst (4th year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC) with 9 kills. Yevgeniya Nykhalova (1st year, outside hitter, Severodontsk, Ukraine) chipped in with seven kills.
UBCO, who finished 9-2 at home in the regular season got 12 kills from Michelle Jakszuk. Aidan Lea added 10 kills.
The two teams will wind up the home and home series on Saturday (Feb 10) on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, BC.
Rachel Windhorst: 9 kills in 37 swings, 2 service aces, 9 digs, 2 block assists
Yevgeniya Nykhalova: 7 kills in 29 chances, 10 digs, 6 service aces, 2 assists
Michayla Funk (2nd year, outside hitter, South Surrey, BC) 6 kills in 29 opportunities, 8 digs, 2 service aces
Abby Spratt (2nd year, setter, Calgary, AB) 20 assists, 6 digs
Kendra Finch (3rd year, outside hitter/libero, North Vancouver, BC) 16 digs
Michelle Jakszuk: 12 kills in 33 chances, 13 digs, 2 service aces
Aidan Lea: 10 kills in 20 opportunities, 1 block assist, 1 dig, 1 assist
Erin Drew: 9 kills in 15 swings, 4 block assists, 2 solo blocks, 3 digs
Ann Richards: 7 kills in 16 chances, 14 digs, 1 assist, 2 block assists
Sara McLeary: 35 assists, 5 service aces, 7 digs, 2 solo blocks, 1 block assist
UBCO: 17-4 TRU: 7-14
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
On the Contest:
“It was a tale of two matches. I thought the first set we started well. We played defensively we played well in the corners, for most of the match we did. We served the ball real well for the most part. But the two sets (the second and fourth), we had trouble with our attacking. We made too many unforced errors. Against UBCO, you can’t afford to give them too many free points. We had stretches where we played really well. Then we had stretches where we couldn’t lock down our assignments. That puts us in a little bit of trouble. There were some good things but there also some things we need to improve on before Saturday.”
The WolfPack and Heat will do battle Saturday (Feb 10) on the Warner Rentals Court at the TCC. The “President’s Cup’ will be awarded that night. It’s the competition between the two schools in all Canada West team sports. Despite the loss tonight, TRU had already claimed the women’s title after the WolfPack basketball and soccer teams swept UBCO.
Saturday night will also be Donor Appreciation night and Ken Olynyk Recognition night. Olynyk is the inaugural Athletics and Recreation director since the school became TRU.
Thompson Rivers will close out the Canada West regular season Feb 16-17 at home to the Trinity Western University Spartans. All of the above matches will be shown on a pay-per-view basis on Canada West TV.