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Wesmen rebound to take WolfPack in men's volleyball

Jordan Foot at net.
Image Credit: Andrew Snucins
February 11, 2017 - 12:10 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack got off to a great start but wound up losing to the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen 3-1 in Canada West men’s volleyball action on Friday (Feb 10).

The scores were 21-25,25-22,25-15,25-14.

The match was played on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.

SYNOPSIS
The WolfPack came out strong in the first set winning the first nine points and captured the first set. Winnipeg won the next three to raise their record to 10-9.  TRU fell to 2-17.
Winnipeg’s biggest offensive weapon was Casey Schouten (4th year, outside, East St. Paul, MB) who had 12 kills. Brendan Thielmann (5th year, outside, Winnipeg, MB) and David Bommersbach (4th year, outside, Winnipeg, MB) each had 12 kills.
TRU was led by Tim Edge (3rd year, outside hitter, Langley, BC) with nine kills.

KEY STATS:
TRU
Tim Edge: 9 kills in 21 opportunities, 1 service ace, 3 digs,
Jordan Foot: 8 kills in 14 chances, 1 block assist
Daniel Eikeland Rod: 6 kills in 16 swings, 1 assist, 5 digs,
Randy Grundmann:  6 kills in 22 chances, 1 assist, 2 service aces, 2 solo blocks, 3 block assists, 1 dig
Jakob Hamilton: 32 assists, 1 service ace, 6 digs, 1 block assist
Winnipeg:
Casey Schouten: 13 kills in 23 chances, 2 assists, 1 service ace, 8 digs, 2 block assists
Brendan Thielmann: 12 kills in 20 swings, 1 assist, 2 digs, 2 block assists
David Bommersbach: 12 kills in 23 opportunities, 1 assist, 4 digs, 5 block assist
Ethan Duncan: 6 kills in 12 chances, 4 service aces, 1 dig, 5 block assists
Mikael Clegg: 39 assists, 4 digs

RECORDS:
Winnipeg    10-9            TRU 2-17

QUOTES:

TRU Interim head coach Mike Hawkins:
On Match:
“We came out with the energy that we needed to. We had the right idea with our game plan on what we thought they were going to do and how we could attack it. It kind of fell apart in the last two sets. Just mentally we broke down. It is tough when another team pushes back. We have a lot of guys who need to sustain another team’s pressure.”
On the Play of the Middles (both teams):
“Really in any match we go in we know that we are going to have a strong presence in the middle whether it is STF (Sam Taylor Parks), or Bird (Kyle Behiels), or Foot (Jordan) or Doug (Groenendijk). We know that is a focal point of our team. We took a little too long to get going in the middle on offense. Their two middles did a good job at forcing our middles to respect them so they could set outside. Obviously, they are a pretty heavy outside team on offense. Their middles did a good job of being efficient.”

Wesmen Coach Larry McKay:

On match:
“We expected a tough match from these guys. I wasn’t surprised at all. They are excellent players. We expected a tough battle and the first set was difficult. We got easier points as the match went on.
On Schouton:
“Casey is a good player. He is a good technical player. He can bump, set, spike and do all the skills pretty well even though he is a big guy. That helps us. He made a three ball pass in the middle in one of the sets which was a critical point for us.  He does some of those smaller things well.”

UP NEXT:

Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (November 19th) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 6:45 pm.  Webcast on Canada West TV will begin around 6:30 pm.
Next Thursday (Feb 16), The WolfPack close out the home portion of their Canada West regular season hosting the UBCO Heat. The Wesmen will entertain the Trinity Western University Spartans.
OF NOTE:   The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was: Foot.


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