WolfPack women’s volleyball looks for wins at home against UBC

  Posted on: October 25, 2018

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After dropping their first two matches of the regular season, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team has another tough opponent as they make their Canada West season debut at home this weekend.

The WolfPack will entertain the U SPORTS bronze medal winners from 2017-18: The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

While the WolfPack were dropping a pair of 3-0 decisions in Calgary last weekend, UBC was at home to the University of Alberta Pandas. They also fell in both matches they played as they dropped a 3-0 Set on Friday and a 3-1 decision on Saturday.

The teams will play Friday and Saturday (Oct 26-27). Both have 5 pm start times on the Warner Rentals Court. This is a McDonald’s sponsored weekend.

Game Information:
Date: Fri Oct 26/ Sat Oct 27 Time: 5 pm
Location: Warner Rentals Court, Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC
TRU Record: 0-2 Last year 7-17 (11th) at home.
UBC Record: 0-2 Last year 20-4 (2nd) on the road

Important Game Notes:

The WolfPack and Thunderbirds played last year in Vancouver where UBC won the first night 3-1 and 3-0 in the second night.

There should be a big crowd on hand at the TCC for this one. The weekend is sponsored by “McDonalds” but as well, the world famous Kamloops Rube Band will be performing on Friday night. The TRU men’s team is hosting a high school tournament and many of those players will be in attendance. Grimm likely will enlist the help of former UCC player Drew Venables to assist him this weekend as regular assistant coach Behlul Yavasgel and his wife Michelle had a baby boy this week.

Venables, Yavasgel and Venables are just three players to be honored as part of a “Wall of Fame” the men’s program is unveiling at the match on Friday.

If you can’t make the matches, they will be webcast on a pay per view basis on Canada West TV. James Matthews returns to the play by play chair to be aided by former WolfPack player Morgan Kolasa. Dylana Milobar will be the pre match hostess again this season.

Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm:

1. On UBC (his alma mater): It is always fun to play against UBC. I had a lot of great years there. It is fun to compete against them. Doug (Reimer-the Thunderbirds coach) was a coach there when I was a player. I have a long history of knowing him. They are always one of the powerhouses in our league. It is always a tough test but something I always look forward to.”

2. On this weekend: “ UBC is always strong. A bronze medal winner at nationals. They have the top offensive player in the country in Kiera Van Ryk. She returned from the World Championships with the National team. They have a lot of young players as well. They have a lot of talent. They are physical. UBC is a top 10 team in the country. It will be another tough test for our crew. Hopefully we can push forward and learn. Keep the process rolling as far as improving as we head into next weeks break and then get into the meat of our schedule.”

3. What did he like about his team against Calgary? “I liked our bounce back. We had the same result 3-0 but I thought we played much better on the Saturday. That is going to happen in our league when you play well but not win. I thought we were nervous on Friday and didn’t let ourselves play. Saturday we did that and enjoy it. We didn’t hesitate and played the game and let the chips fall where they may. I was impressed by our bounce back as far as our attitude and our bounce back by not allowing emotions to think about the caliber of the opposition affect our play.”

Players to Watch:


Kendra Finch (4th year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC): averaging 2.6 points per set so far this year.

Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine): leads the team averaging 3.7 points per set. She has a team high 24 digs.

Abby Spratt (3rd year, setter, Calgary, AB): has 37 assists in the team’s first two matches.

Erin Mutch (1st year, outside hitter, Victoria, BC): has nine kills and nine digs in her first Canada West matches.


Kiera Van Ryk (2nd year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC): stands fifth in the Canada West in kills after the opening weekend with 26.

Olivia Furland (3rd year, setter/outside hitter, Calgary, AB): leads the Canada West in assists per set (9.29.)

If you can’t make the game/match: watch online (pay per view) at www.canadawesttv.ca

Home game/match highlights will be available by logging onto www.gowolfpack.tru.ca