Posted on: December 1, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack enter the Canada West women’s volleyball Christmas break on a big emotional high.
The WolfPack played one of their best matches of the season as they took the hometown University of Alberta Pandas in three straight sets.
The scores were 25-19,25-22, 25-17. It’s the first ever victory for a Thompson Rivers University women’s volleyball team over Alberta. The Pandas had won the first 27 conference meetings, and 37 overall meetings against the WolfPack.
The WolfPack were led by Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) with 15 kills. Kendra Finch (4th year outside, North Vancouver, BC) added 10 kills while Abby Spratt (3rd year, setter, Calgary, AB) had 33 assists.
TRU: 25 25 25 –3
ALBERTA: 19 22 17 –0
Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) 15 kills in 37 chances, 15 digs
Kendra Finch (4th year outside hitter, North Van, BC) 10 kills in 30 swings, 2 service aces, 16 digs
Abby Spratt (3rd year, setter, Calgary, AB) 33 assists 5 service aces
Erin Mutch (1st year, outside hitter, Victoria, BC) 6 kills in 23 opportunities, 3 service aces, 8 digs
Kory White: 9 kills in 29 chances
Julia Zonneveld 6 kills in 34 swings
Vanessa Jarman 6 kills in 17 opportunities
Mariah Wlsh 29 assists
TRU: 6-7 ALBERTA: 9-3
THEY SAID IT! (post match quotes):
TRU head coach Chad Grimm
On match: “Great come back from yesterday by our group. I thought we did a tremendous job of taking care of the ball and playing to the identity that we need to to be successful. We talked about serving the ball tough and being disciplined and needing to dig like crazy. We did all of those things very well. Even when Alberta started to push back, we didn’t get frustrated. We made them work to earn their points. The result was obviously positive for us taking care of them in their gym which is very difficult. It was a great performance by our entire team. Nice way for the girls to end their first semester and go into the Christmas break.”
The WolfPack are now off until Friday, January 4th when they visit the University of Manitoba Bisons. Match time is 6 pm CDT. Next home action for the WolfPack is Friday January 11th when they entertain the Mount Royals Cougars on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Match time is 5 pm.
All of the above matches can we viewed on a pay per view basis on www.canadawesttv.com.