Posted on: October 20, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have opened the 2018-19 Canada West women’s volleyball season with back to back losses.
For the second night in a row, the Pack fell in three straight sets to the host University of Calgary Dinos. The scores were 25-14,25-19, 25-23.
The WolfPack were led by Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) who had nine kills. Kendra Finch (4th year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC) had eight kills while Erin Mutch (1st year, outside hitter, Victoria, BC) had five kills.
Canada West player of the Year Kate Pexman paced the Dinos offense with 15 kills.
CALGARY: 25 25 25
TRU: 14 19 23
Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine 9 kills in 21 opportunities, 11 digs
Kendra Finch (4th year outside hitter, North Van, BC) 8 kills on 28 chances 2 service aces, 13 digs
Erin Mutch (1st year, outside hitter, Victoria, B) 5 kills on 13 swings, 2 digs
Abby Spratt (3rd year, setter, Calgary, AB) 23 assists, 1 service ace
Kate Pexmen 15kills on 33 opportunities, 2 assists, 1 service ace, 5 digs
Hannah Tanasichuk 7 kills on 26 swings, 1 assist, 2 service aces
Kenzie Vaandering 6 kills on 19 chances, 9 digs
Beth Vinnell 6 kills on 12 chances, 6 digs, 5 block assists
Kennedy Snape: 12 digs
Leah Shevkenek 16 assists, 4 digs
CALGARY: 2-0 TRU: 0-2
THEY SAID IT! (post match quotes):
TRU head coach Chad Grimm
On match: “I felt much better about this performance. I thought yesterday we played timid and nervous and didn’t let ourselves play. I thought today , even in the first set…and I thought Calgary was outstanding in the first set. We had a real hard time getting past their defense. They made some spectacular plays. The second set, we were up 19-18 to close out the set. The third set was easily our best set of the year. We were efficient. We passed the ball well. We got beat by a better Calgary team. Overall, I thought we had some things to build on, which was good.”
The WolfPack will return home to prepare for their own home opener. That will come up Friday, October 26th on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Their opponents will be the U SPORTS Bronze medal winners from last year: the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Match time will be 5 pm. It will be a “McDonalds” sponsored weekend.
All of the above matches can we viewed on a pay per view basis on www.canadawesttv.com.