Posted on: January 5, 2019
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are leaving the province of Manitoba with a split of their weekend Canada West women’s volleyball series with the Bisons.
After taking Manitoba 3-1 on Friday (Jan 4), the WolfPack were on the short end of a 3-1 decision Saturday (Jan 5) at the Investors Group Athletics Centre.
The scores were 28-30,25-22,25-20,25-21. The result leaves the two teams with identical 6-8 records.
For the second straight night, Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) was the top offensive threat for TRU with 17 kills.
The WolfPack got 16 kills and 10 digs out of Kendra Finch. Anastaysia Muzyka handled the TRU offense and had 46 assists, seven digs, a solo block and three block assists.
Manitoba had two players in double figures in kills: Kearley Abbott garnered 19 while Jocelyn Koswin added 15. Kelsey Jordan racked up 45 assists and eight digs.
TRU: 30 22 20 21 –1
MANITOBA: 28 25 25 25 –3
Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) 17 kills in 42 chances, 13 digs, 3 block assists
Kendra Finch (4th year outside hitter, North Van, BC) 16 kills in 53 attempts, 10 digs
Anastasiya Muzyka (2ndt year setter, Potawa, Ukraine) 46 assists, 7 digs, 1 solo block, 3 block assists
Avery Pottle (3rd year middle, Uxbridge, ON) 6 kills in 21 opportunities, 4 block assists, 1 dig
Gabriela Podolski (3rd year, outside hitter, Grande Prairie, AB)
Katie Ludvig (2nd year, libero, Kamloops, BC)
Kearley Abbott: 19 kills in 33 opportunities, 16 digs, 3 block assists
Jocelyn Koswin: 15 kills in 29 chances 3 digs, 5 block assists
Josie Abbott: 7kills in 27 attempts, 10 digs
Kelsey Jordan: 45 assists, 8 digs, 4 block assists
Tori Studler 9 kills in 30 opportunities, 5 digs
TRU: 6-8 MANITOBA: 6-8
THEY SAID IT! (post match quotes):
TRU head coach Chad Grimm
On match: “ I didn’t think we played poorly. I think Manitoba showed they were a little more desperate. It’s important not to be swept at home. We didn’t have that same level of desperation. I think a desperate team plays with a little more focus. They were more consistent in doing their jobs and changed a couple of assignments. We weren’t able to make the adjustment back which was necessary to stop some of the things they were doing. That led to a couple of their players having successful nights. That made it difficult for us to come away with the win tonight. Overall, not bad to get on the road against a team we came into and leave tied with in the standings. We need to get more growth in the area of playing with a sharper focus at all times.’
Next weekend (Jan 11-12), the WolfPack will play at home for the first time in 2019 as they play host to the Mount Royal University Cougars. Game time Friday will be 5 pm at the Tournament Capital Centre. The Bisons will spend the weekend on the road visiting the Cougars at the University of Regina.’
All of the above matches can we viewed on a pay per view basis on www.canadawesttv.com.