October 17, 2016 - 10:31 AM
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team finished their 2016 exhibition season off on a great note.
Playing at the “West Coast Classic” at UBC in Vancouver, BC on Sunday (Oct 16), the Pack downed the host team for the 2016-17 CIS women’s volleyball championships—the Ryerson Rams 3-1.
The scores were 25-20, 25-12,22-25,25-19.
“After last night where our compete level was low we did better today,” said WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm. “After discussion with the players, the coaching staff needed to simplify things. We were giving the girls too much responsibility on the court and that was adding to the stress level. With more guidance coming from the bench, the players were able to focus more on just playing the game and I think that showed in their performance."
He added: “With so many new faces the understanding of job responsibilities is hard for them to grasp at this point of the year but it will come."
The WolfPack were led by CIS and Canada West Player of the Year Iullia Pakhomenko (5th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine). She had 14 kills and two blocks. Rachel Windhorst (3rd year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC) added 13 kills.
Morgan Kolasa (4th year, middle, Calgary, AB) had four blocks while Abby Spratt (1st year, setter, Calgary, AB) added 47 assists.
“Rachel and Iullia did a good job controlling and eliminating errors,” Grimm stated. “They took shots which put the other team in trouble.”
He also praised first year players Sarah Dobinson (outside hitter, Whitby, ON) and Avery Pottle (outside hitter, Uxbridge, ON). “They came on in the third set and did a great job. They will provide some excellent depth for us this year.”
TRU will now prepare for the Canada West season opener on Friday, October 28th when they entertain the University of Alberta Pandas at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time will be 6 pm.
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