Posted on: November 7, 2018
After a week off, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team swings back into action in Canada West play this weekend.
The Pack will be on the road in Regina, Saskatchewan taking on the University of Regina. Thompson Rivers will battle with the Cougars on Friday and Saturday (Nov 9-10).
Date: Fri Nov 9/ Sat Nov 10 Time: 7 PM CST both nights
Location: Centre for Kinesiology, Health @ Sport, Regina Saskatchewan
TRU Record: 1-3 Last year 7-17 (11th) on the road this year 0-2
Regina Record: 2-4 Last year 12-12(tied 6th) at home this year 2-0
Important Game Notes:
The WolfPack had a bye week after splitting their first two home matches against the UBC Thunderbirds. The two teams met last year in Regina where both matches went in favor of the Cougars. They won the first night in five sets and the second night in four (played January 12-13, 2018).
The Cougars have a player from Kamloops on their roster; outside hitter Katie House (6’1, 1st year, Science) is a grad of the South Kamloops Secondary and KVA programs.
Both matches can be seen on Canada West TV on a pay-per-view basis.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm:
- How did you spend your bye week? We had a chance to get some rest and recovery and work on some things that we are going to need to get more proficient at if we are going to have success moving forward.
- What are you working on for this week against Regina? For us first contact will be a priority as Regina is a very stable team that doesn’t give up many runs and play very well as a group. We are going to need to trust the process and our teammates in order to perform optimally this weekend.
- What sort of club do they have and what will you have to take advantage of in order to come away with some victories? They are coming off a good season in which they qualified for the playoffs and return pretty much the entire group. I think they are looking to make another jump this season and definitely have the tools to do so. We are going to have to take some lessons from them in terms of playing well as a unit and being tough for two straight nights in order to have success.
- What are you liking about your team right now? I like the group and know we are trying to do the right things in order to be successful. We are going to need to continue to gel as an entire group over these final four weeks of the first half and will be looking towards our leaders such as Kendra (Finch), Olga (Savenchuk), Avery (Pottle) and Abby (Spratt) to provide a certain level of stability within the group.
- Individually, is anyone surprising you at this point? I have been happy with our rookie contingent as I know this is a hard league to step into and play right away but Erin (Mutch, 1st year, Victoria), Hayley(McNaught, 1st year, Woking, AB) and Lizzy (Reimer, 1st year, Edmonton, AB) have seen significant time. Macey (Hogg,1st year, Terrace, BC) and Siobhan (Toal, 1st year, Edmonton, AB) are continuing to press hard in practice as well and making strides in the right direction.
Players to Watch:
Kendra Finch (4th year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC): leads the Pack with 29 kills. She has a tam high seven service aces and is averaging 2.9 points per game.
Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine): leads the team with 3.1 points scored per set. She has 14 kills this season.
Avery Pottle (3rd year, middle, Uxbridge, Ontario): has 41 digs, 14 kills and averages 2.2 points per set.
Taylor Ungar (5th year, libero,Saskatoon, SK): leads Canada West in digs (97) and is third in the league in digs per set (4.41)
Satomi Togawa (3rd year, setter, Uji, Japan): is second in Canada West in assists per set (9.50).
Jessica Lerminiaux (2nd year, outside hitter, Regina, SK): is fourth in Canada West in service aces per set (0.68)
Home game/match highlights will be available by logging onto www.gowolfpack.tru.ca