October 14, 2016 - 12:29 PM
Langley, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack kicked off the 2016 West Coast Classic women’s volleyball tournament with a defeat.
The WolfPack lost in straight sets to the Trinity Western Spartans at the Langley Events Centre on Thursday night (Oct 13). The scores were 25-19,25-22, 25-21.
“The first and third sets almost mirrored each other, “said Thompson Rivers head coach Chad Grimm. “ Both teams were close until the mid-set. They went on a bit of a run and then towards the end it was even. In the third set, they were up by five or six points.”
Grimm said the second set was more stable for his squad. “Our stability and reception was better as was our decision making.”
He added: “another key point was the block defense. Theirs was tight where ours had some setbacks.”
Grimm praised the play of Kendra Finch (2nd year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC) and Julia Niemczwewska (4th year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB).
“Kendra had a stable match. She passed well, made some great kill shots and served well. Julia came off the bench to serve and either got an ace, put the ball in a tough spot, came up with a dig and played good defense.”
TRU will meet up with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs in their next match on Friday (Oct 14) at 1 pm. They close out the round robin portion of the tournament on Saturday, Oct 15 against the University of Alberta Pandas. Match time is noon.
The Pandas are also the first league opponent for TRU when the curtain goes up on the 2016-17 Canada West campaign on Friday, October 28th.
News from © Submitted/Thompson Rivers University, 2016