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WolfPack men's volleyball drop opener in Saskatchewan

Anton Napolitano sets on Feb 18, 2017.
Image Credit: Greystoke
February 25, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Saskatoon, SK-- The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack saw their losing skid extend to six as they dropped a straight set match to the Saskatchewan Huskies.  The Canada West mens volleyball match was played Friday afternoon (Feb 24) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The scores were 25-23,25-14,25-17.
TRU falls to 2-21 on the year while the Huskies, who are battling for playoff positioning move to 12-11.

SYNOPSIS
The WolfPack were led offensively by Randy Grundmann (4th year, outside, Winnipeg, MB) who had 10 kills in 25 chances.    He was the only player in double figures for TRU.
Saskatchewan’s Andrew Nelson was the top offensive player for his team. He had 11 kills in 14 opportunities
KEY STATS:

TRU
Randy Grundmann:  10 kills in 25 opportunities, 2 digs, 1 block assist
Anton Napolitano: 5 kills in 10 swings, 3 assists, 1 service ace, 6 digs, 3 block assists
Douglas Groenendijk: 4 kills in 7 chances, 1 assist, 1 service ace.
Daniel Eikeland Rod: 3 kills in 12 chances, 3 service aces, 1 block assist
Jakob Hamilton: 20 assists, 1 dig

SASKATCHEWAN:
Andrew Nelson: 11 kills in 14 swings, 2 service aces, 2 digs
Colin Fraser: 9 kills in 12 opportunities, 1 assist, 1 service ace,4 digs
Tyler Epp: 7 kills in 14 chances, 2 service aces, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Zak Rempel: 7 kills in 13 attempts, 2 digs
Troy Wiebe: 23 assists, 2 digs.

RECORDS:
TRU: 2-21     SASKATCHEWAN: 12-11

QUOTES:
TRU Interim Head Coach Mike Hawkins:
"Story of the match was our errors. We put pressure on them from the service line early and attacked very well, but defensively we weren't able to execute, and when we did, we made errors that killed any of our momentum. "

"We knew Saskatchewan was going to come out with a lot of fire and energy to push into the playoffs, but we struggled to match their intensity and it cost us"

UP NEXT:
The WolfPack and Huskies will close out the Canada West regular season Saturday (Feb 18).  Game time will be 8:30 pm CDT.  The WolfPack are out of the playoff hunt.  Saskatchewan is still battling for the final spot. It will be final USport/Canada West career match for TRU’s Daniel Eikeland Rod.
You can see tomorrow’s match on a pay per view basis on Canada West tv.


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