Posted on: February 8, 2018
Having a bye week didn’t hurt the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team one bit.
The WolfPack returned to action in the Canada West regular season and continued their winning ways. Thompson Rivers continues to make a move for one of the final playoff spots. On Thursday night (Feb 8), the Pack went into the “Furnace” in Kelowna and handed the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat their 11 th straight defeat.
TRU beat the Heat 3-1. The scores were 23-25,25-22,25-19,25-23
The WolfPack now move to 10-11 on the season. Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany) was again the big offensive weapon for TRU. He had 14 kills.
Cole Keddie (4th year, outside hitter, Edmonton, AB) had 9 kills while both Josh Mullaney (3rd year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) and Charlie Bringloe (3rd year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON) contributed seven kills apiece.
Lars Bornemann had 20 kills in 43 swings to lead UBCO.
The victory was not only big for the men’s volleyball team but also for the TRU male athletic department. The win secured the “President’s Cup” for Thompson Rivers. The ‘President’s Cup” goes to the winner of athletic competition between Thompson Rivers and UBCO. Going into the match, TRU was leading UBCO 2-1-1. The TRU men’s volleyball team won and lost against the Heat. Pack men’s soccer won and drew. The trophy will be awarded on Saturday night at the TCC.
TRU had already clinched the women’s portion of the “President’s Cup.”
SCORES BY SET:
TRU: 23 25 25 25 –3
UBCO: 25 22 19 23 –1
Tim Dobbert :14 kills in 35 swings, 6 digs, 2 service aces, 3 block assists, 1 assist
Cole Keddie: 9 kills in 25 opportunities, 10 digs, 1 service ace
Charlie Bringloe: 7 kills in 16 chances, 3 block assists, 1 service ace
Josh Mullaney 7 kills in 25 chances, 6 digs, 3 block assists
Anton Napolitano (2nd year, setter, Victoria, Australia) 43 assists, 4 digs, 1 block assist
Landon Currie (1st year, libero, Vernon, BC) 15 digs
Lars Borneman: 20 kills in 43 chances, 10 digs, 4 block assists, 1 solo block, 1 assist
Devon Cote: 10 kills in 30 opportunities, 3 digs, 3 block assists
Morgan Nichols: 44 assists, 8 digs, 2 block assists
Max Heppell: 7 kills in 20 chances, 5 digs, 1 service ace, 1 solo block, 4 block assists
TRU : 10-11 UBCO: 5-16
TRU head coach Pat Hennelly:
On Match: “ Had a real close game. Lots of jitters in the first and second sets. We made some nice plays down the stretch and had different people step up for us. Cole Keddie led us through the second and third set offensively. Jordan Foot (5th year, middle, Prince George, BC 6 kills in 9 swings, 4 digs, 4 block assists) was great blocking and attacking. I thought most of the guys were good from the service line. It was a good game and a good team effort. Tim Dobbert couldn’t play starting in the middle of the third set. He is questionable for Saturday. It was nice to see Charlie Bringloe come out and get some big blocks in the fourth set and some key kills down the stretch. Overall, an excellent team effort. Guys like Isaac Smit (3rd year, libero, Kelowna, BC) coming in the back court and making plays, serving aggressively. Josh Mullaney had a slow start but came on when Dobbert went down. Potentially we are transitioning into a good team and good program when you have guys stepping in when guys went down. Not the best volleyball we have played recently but happy with the effort. The guys battled and stayed in it. I give UBCO a lot of credit for their defense. They made a lot of digs. It surprised our guys early in the match. I also thought Anton (Napotano) stuck to the game plan and ran a very good offense. We had to move some guys around. Anton didn’t miss a beat.”
Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (February 10) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 6:45 pm. Webcast on Canada West TV will begin around 6:35pm. The match could very well be delayed because it follows a 20 minute ceremony honoring former TRU Athletics and Recreation director Ken Olynyk. Among the dignitaries on hand to speak will be TRU President Alan Shaver and the mayor of Kamloops, Ken Christian.
Saturday is also Donor Appreciation night.
Next weekend (Feb 16-17), the WolfPack have the always tough Trinity Western University Spartans home to close out the Canada West regular season. The Heat will be on the road facing the Bisons at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.