WolfPack rally from deficit to down Mount Royal in five sets in WVB

  Posted on: January 11, 2019

scoreboard of the fifth set (Andrew Snucins photo)

—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team won a character match as they kicked off a weekend Canada West homestand.
On Friday (Jan 11), the Pack rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars 3-2 at the Tournament Capital Centre.

The scores were 25-21,18-25,10-25,25-22,15-13. TRU moves to 7-8 on the year. Mount Royal falls below the .500 mark also at 7-8.


The WolfPack came out strong in the first set and rolled to a four point victory led by five kills by Kendra Finch (4th year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC). Carly Davies (3rd year, right side, Terrace, BC) was the top offensive threat for Mount Royal with three kills in 14 atempts.

Mount Royal rebounded in the second and third sets. The second set saw them roll to a 25-18 win. Davies had five kills in 11 swings in the set to move to eight on the night. TRRU’s Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) led for TRU with four kills in the set giving her seven on the night. She wound up with a match high 16.

The third set was dominated by the Mount Royal middles as they won handily.

In the fourth set, the teams battled throughout. TRU was first to the technical time out after jumping out to a 8-1 lead. A key block by Hayley McNaught gave the Pack a 24-22 lead which led to Thompson Rivers getting the winnng point courtesy of Finch.

In the fifth set, Thompson Rivers scored the first three points and were up 5-2 before the Cougars made a comeback and took the lead at 7-6 on a service ace from Haley Roe (5th year, outside hitter, Airdrie, AB). TRU made it to eight first courtesy of a kill from Savenchuk.
Cassidy Kitchen (3rd year, outside hitter, Terrace, BC) led Mount Royal with 13 kills.


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TRU 25 18 10 25 15 —3
MOUNT ROYAL 21 25 25 22 12 —2


Olga Sevenchuk 16 kills in 38 chances, 13 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Kendra Finch: 15 kills in 60 swings, 2 service aces, 18 digs, 1 block assist
Anastasiya Muzyka : 40 assists, 11 digs, 2 service aces
Katie Ludvig: 15 digs
Hali Drezet: 13 digs
Avery Pottle: 7 kills in 23 chances, 3 service aces, 4 digs.


Cassidy Kitchen: 13 kills in 47 swings, 16 digs, 1 block assist
Carly Davies: 10 kills in 41 opportunities, 6 digs, 5 block assists
Chantal Park: 10 kills in 36 chances, 14 digs, 1 solo block, 3 block assists
Quinn Pelland: 37 assists, 15 digs,
Nicky Zalasky: 9 block assists



THEY SAID IT (post match quotes):

TRU head coach Chad Grimm:

“It wssn’t pretty. At a lot of points I don’t think either team played super well. They played well when they beat us 25-10. They were winning the serve and receive battle. I thought we stabilized the session. We didn’t serve great all night and I don’t think we ever playing stable. At the end of the day we found a way to grind it out. It is nice to get a result win when you don’t have your best performance.”


Mount Royal Coach Sandra Lamb (21 st season):

On match:

“I thought we should have had a better outcome than we did. But they (TRU) hung in there and battled and their big player (Savenchuk) decided to show up when they needed her. She won the game for them at the end. Our serve receive wasn’t very good so we flipped our line up a little bit and tried to get some different looks at them. The problem with our team is that we don’t back to the things that are working. We try and change the world and in the end it didn’t work for us.”


The teams will battle it out again tomorrow (Sat Jan 12) at the Tournament Capital Centre beginning at 5 pm.
Tomorrow’s match will be webcast on www.Canadawesttv beginning with the pregame show at 4:50 pm with

OF NOTE: The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was Finch.


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