WolfPack drop five set heartbreaker to Cougars

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KAMLOOPS - The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team was on its home court for the first time in 2017 on Friday (Jan 27). The Pack entertained the visiting University of Regina Cougars on the Warner Rentals Court.
In a see saw battle, the Cougars downed the WolfPack 3-2 to win their first match of the Canada West season.  The scores were 25-18, 26-28,25-22,18-25,16-14.

The Cougars move to 1-16 on the year while the WolfPack fall to 1-14. TRU was led offensively by Charlie Bringloe (2nd year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON).  He had 16 kills in 28 chances with six digs, a solo block and a block assist.
Regina’s top offensive threat was Matthew Aubrey (1st year, right side, Brisbane, Australia) with 19 kills in 64 swings with a service ace, eight digs, a solo block and a block assist.

Charlie Bringloe: 16 kills in 28 opportunities, 6 digs, 1 solo block and 1 block assist
Daniel Eikeland Rod: 13 kills in 44 chances, 1 service ace, 9 digs, 3 block assists
Randy Grundmann: 7 kills in 19 swings, 2 digs
Anton Napolitano:  5 kills in 14 opportunities, 8 digs, 1 solo block, 2 block assists
Tyler Pomiertlarz: 31 assists, 11 digs, 1 block assist
Cole Keddie: 11 digs
Matthew Aubrey: 19 kills in 64 chances, 1 service ace, 8 digs, 1 solo block and 1 block assist
Dalton Wolfe: 9 kills in 28 opportunities, 11 digs, 2 service aces, 1 solo block and 1 block assist
Michael Corrigan: 40 assists, 8 digs, 1 solo block and 6 block assits.

TRU:     1-14                    REGINA: 1-16


TRU interim head coach Mike Hawkins (1st year):

On Match:
“We displayed zero character for most of the game. We have a lot of guys who-when the pressure is on—need to learn the lessons we have been learning all year.  We can only call so many games “character building”. It is character flaws. We have a lot of guys who tonight have to look internal and figure out what it means to be a high performance athlete.  I wish we could have a solid seven guys who we could play consistent all the time. It is great for these guys who get the opportunity. I hope they are excited that our starting roster isn’t set. Nothing is set and guys can go out and grab them.”

What was the difference in the match:
“Discipline. Discipline everywhere. It was what we were talking about all week. Discipline to follow the game plan. Discipline on doing the things that we know how to do.  Discipline mentally. There were many lapses in judgement and decision making. It cost us in the end. Defensively we were in the wrong spots while offensively we didn’t set the mismatches that we needed.  That is what let us down. Realistically, both sides were giving away the game for most of it.

Cougars head coach Greg Barthel (10th  year):

On first victory of year:
“Excited for the guys. They have been working hard all year. To get a win for their effort was good. It was character building. It is satisfying.”

What was the difference?
“Both teams were really working hard for the win.  They (TRU) put some good subs in and created a whole new feel for them in the fourth. In the fifth, it was a gut, gut, gut. Our guys did a great job coming together and coming from four or five points down.”

Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (Jan28) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 6:45 pm.  Webcast on Canada West TV will begin around  6:30pm.

Next weekend (Feb 3-4), the WolfPack will be visiting the University of Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg while the Cougars will entertain the MacEwan University Griffins.

OF NOTE:   The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was Bringloe.

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