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'Off balance' WolfPack women's volleyball drop first of two in Saskatoon

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February 25, 2017 - 10:26 AM

Saskatoon, SK--.The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack looked—in their coaches words-- a little uninspired as they opened up their final Canada West women’s volleyball regular season weekend in Saskatoon. The WolfPack, playing at the equivalent of 11:30 am Pacific Time, lost 3-1 to the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

TRU arrived at Midnight Pacific Time in Saskatoon and didn’t have the benefit of ‘serve and pass’ before the match.

SYNOPSIS:
TRU’s Kaitlin Lomas (4th year, middle, Ponoka, AB) had a career match leading the WolfPack’s attack with 12 kills in 21 chances.  She added two digs and a block assist.
Rachel Windhorst (3rd year, outside, Surrey, BC) had 10 kills in 31 swings.
Saskatchewan had three players in double figures led by Taylor Annala with 13 kills.
TRU falling to 13-10 on the year. Saskatchewan raised their record to 7-16.
KEY STATS:
SCORES:
TRU                          23   25   17   23
Saskatchewan        25   23   25   25     

TRU
Kaitlin Lomas:  12 kills in 21 opportunities 2 digs 12.5 points
Rachel Windhorst: 10 kills in 31 swings, 11 digs, 2 service aces, 1 assist, 11 points
Iuliia Pakhomenko: 7 kills in 21 chances, 6 digs, 4 block assists, 2 service aces: 11 points
Abby Spratt: 26 assists, 5 digs, 1 block assist
Kendra Finch: 11 digs

SASKATCHEWAN:
Taylor Annala: 13 kills in 33 chances, 4 assist, 2 service aces, 5 digs 15.5 points
Marguerite Ferguson: 11 kills in 21 swings, 1 solo block, 4 block assists 14,5 points
Emmalyn Copping: 10 kills in 29 opportunities, 4 service aces, 11 digs, 1 block assist 14 points
Mackenzie Pek: 40 assists, 5 service aces, 9 digs, 3 block assists 9.5 points

RECORDS:
TRU  13-10              Saskatchewan: 7-16

QUOTES:
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
On Match:
“We looked uninspired. We tried to grind it out but we couldn’t find our rhythm. Usually when we are flat someone picks us up and others follow. Kaitlin (Lomas) was doing all she could but it is difficult when you are a middle. You are unable to pass.  We weren’t there mentally and physically not until the second set.
On Lomas:
“She had the hot hand for sure. A career match for her.”
On Disruption in routine:
“We got in late and didn’t have a serve and pass because Sask is hosting basketball. No regular warm up as well. But we have to learn to deal with those distractions and be mentally ready to go all the time.”
“UP NEXT:
The two teams will finish off their weekend series tomorrow (Feb 25) night at 6:30 pm.
The match will be shown on a pay per view basis on Canada West TV.


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