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WolfPack end men's volleyball season with defeat in Saskatoon

16-17 WolfPack Men's Volleyball team photo
Image Credit: Andrew Snucins
February 26, 2017 - 10:50 AM

Saskatoon, SK-- The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack ended the 2016-17 Canada West men’s volleyball season the same way they began it.  That was with a loss.

The youthful WolfPack—with only one fifth year player in their line up—fell to the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies in straight sets on Saturday night (Feb 25).  The scores were 25-23, 25-21, 25-15.
TRU suffered their eighth straight loss and were swept by Saskatchewan this weekend.

SYNOPSIS
The WolfPack finish the season at 2-22 while the Huskies were 13-11.
In this match, TRU led at times in the first two sets.  They were led by Daniel Eikeland Rod (5th year, outside, Oz Norway) who had 10 kills in 27 opportunities.  Andrew Nelson had 18 kills for Saskatchewan.
KEY STATS:
TRU
Daniel Eikeland Rod: 10 kills in 27 attempts, 6 digs, 1 block assist, 10.5 points
Randy Grundmann: 7 kills in 17 opportunities, 2 service aces, 1 assist, 3 digs, 1 block assist, 9.5 points
Anton Napolitano: 7 kills in 17 chances, 1 service ace, 2 digs, 1 solo block, 9 points
Sam Taylor Parks: 4 kills in 9 swings, 1 service ace, 2 digs, 1 block assist, 5.5 points
Jakob Hamilton:  31 assists, 1 service ace, 1 block assist, 3.5 points
SASKATCHEWAN:
Andrew Nelson: 18 kills in 30 opportunities, 1 assist, 5 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 19.5 points
Colin Fraser: 8 kills in 20 swings, 2 assists, 5 digs, 2 solo blocks, 2 block assists, 11 points
Troy Wiebe: 34 assists, 2 digs.
RECORDS:
TRU: 2-22    SASKATCHEWAN: 13-11
QUOTES:
TRU Interim Head Coach Mike Hawkins:
"Aside from getting a victory, I really don't think we could've ended the season in a better way. Our defence and effort were impeccable from start to finish, which is a sign that these guys really wanted to leave a great impression for the future. The match was back and forth all night, with some big kills and big blocks from both sides."

"I'm proud of the guys tonight. Every guy came in and got some minutes and made an impact. Cole Hanson may have had the block of his lifetime tonight and stuff like that really makes the whole group feel good regardless of the outcome of the match. To see a guy like Hanson, who hasn't played a lot but works his tail off every day, have success like that really ends the season on a high note"

"I want to thank Daniel for his contribution to this group and his demeanor throughout the season. I know from experience what it feels like to have a difficult final season, but he handled it with poise and passion."

"I'm proud to have been the coach of the team and am excited to see the great things they can accomplish. The record doesn't show it yet, but everybody around the league knows this young Wolfpack crew has the potential to be great."


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