Posted on: December 30, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have finished second at their own International men’s volleyball tournament.
The Pack wound up with a record of 2 and 1 after losing Sunday (Dec 30) to the eventual champion: the University of Calgary Dinos.
The Dinos went unbeaten through the event and took the WolfPack 3-1 in their final match. The scores were 22-25,25-21,25-22,25-23.
Charlie Bringloe (4th year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON) led the way for TRU with 12 kills. Tim Edge (5th year, outside hitter, Langley, BC) added nine kills with Ryan Adams (1st year, outside hitter, Sherwood Park, AB) added three kills and a service ace after coming into replace TRU star Tim Dobbert (5th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany).
On Saturday (Dec 29), Thompson Rivers rattled off a 3-0 straight set win over UBC. The scores were 25-17,25-19,25-21. Dobbert had 14 kills. Edge added eight kills while Kyle Behiels (4th year, middle, Edmonton, AB) had four service aces. Coach Pat Hennelly gave credit to the entire team but singled out fifth year outside hitter Isaac Smit (Kelowna, BC) for having a great match defensively along with some solid serves.
TRU opened the tourney off Friday (Dec 28) with a straight set win over SKK of Seoul, South Korea. The scores were 25-23,25-21,25-16. Anton Napolitano (3rd year, setter, Victoria, Australia) had five service aces, 35 assists and two blocks against the squad he trained with this summer. Edge had five kills and two service aces. Behiels chipped in with six kills, three service aces and three blocks. Landon Currie (2nd year, libero, Vernon,BC) had 12 digs.
The South Koreans were winless in three starts while UBC finished third with a record of 1 and 2.
Hennelly said after the tourney, “We played some good volleyball but we stalled out in the end of all the sets we lost. Full credit to Calgary, they played very well after 20 points. Overall it was a great tournament.”
Thompson Rivers returns to Canada West play this coming weekend (Jan 4-5) in Winnipeg against the Manitoba Bisons.