Posted on: October 7, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are heading home from an exhibition tour of Central and Eastern Canada without a victory.
On Sunday (Oct 7) in Montreal, the Pack lost in straight sets (3-0) to the University of Montreal Carabins. They are considered to be one of the top teams in U SPORTS.The scores were:25-22, 25-16,25-21.
Sam Elgert (1st year, setter, Edmonton, AB) led the way with 20 assists and three service aces. Kyle Behiels (4th year, middle, Edmonton, AB) had five kills and three service aces. Charlie Bringloe (4th year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON) chipped in with seven kills and one block.
Montreal was the third stop on the WolfPack’s Eastern tour following matches at Laval, Quebec and Hamilton, Ontario (McMaster University).
Says coach Pat Hennelly about the trip: “ Overall we had a successful trip. We had some difficulties arriving late into Toronto at 2AM rather than 7:30 PM. That put us behind in the area of sleep and recovery. We played a decent match against McMaster. We fell apart as they served the ball a little differently that we are used to. Unfortunately both Tim Dobbert (5th year, Aichberg, Germany) and Tim Edge (5th year, Langley, BC) were both banged up and were unable to play against Laval and Montreal.”
Hennelly added: “Against Laval we had some different guys into the line up. We played some pretty good volleyball and deserved to win one of the sets. That was likely our best match in terms of intensity and ability to rally. We finished against Montreal on Sunday. We lacked some energy and should have won the first set. Very pleased with the idea that we had two starters down and were able to compete. We also saw everyone being able to get some sizable minutes. As a program, we got a good idea that we can compete with the best in the country. We need to hone our line up and learn to compete after 20 points. This trip was also good for team bonding. We saw some significant growth among our players. I think we are ready for a tough Canada West season.”
The WolfPack now prepare for their 2017-18 Canada West regular season opener. They will travel to Calgary to meet the University of Calgary Dinos on October 19-20th. The Pack’s home opener is Friday October 23 rd on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Their opposition will be the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds—the defending U SPORTS champions. Game time will be 6:45 pm.
The T-Birds are coached by two former Thompson Rivers players and assistant coaches: Mike Hawkins and Matt Krueger.