WolfPack men's volleyball, Hawkins taste victory for first time

Daniel Eikeland Rod, Nov 11, 2016.
Image Credit: Andrew Snucins

KAMLOOPS - The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are into the win column for the first time in Canada West men’s volleyball. Playing before their home crowd on the Warner Rentals Court, they swept the visiting Mount Royal Cougars 3-0 on Friday night (Nov 11).

SYNOPSIS

The scores were 25-23,25-21,25-21. The WolfPack improve to 1-4 on the year while Mount Royal falls to 1-2. TRU was led by Randy Grundmann (4th year, outside hitter, Winnipeg, MB) who had 15 kills in 28 chances with three digs, a solo block and a block assist.   Tyler Schmidt ( (3rd year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) had 15 kills in 34 opportunities with two digs and two block assists.

KEY STATS:

TRU
Randy Grundmann :15 kills in 28 swings, 3 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Charlie Bringloe: 4 kills in 12 chances 2 service aces, 3 digs, 3 block assists
Jordan Foot: 4 kills in 7 opportunities, 1 service ace, two solo blocks, 1 block assist
Jakob Hamilton 21 assists, five digs
Cole Keddie: 7 digs 1 assist

MOUNT ROYAL
Tyler Schmidt: 15 kills in 34 chances two digs, 1 assist, two block assists
Josh Kirkham: 7 kills in 18 chances, 1 solo block, 4 block assists.
Samuel Brisbane 17 assists, 4 digs, 1 block assist
Tanner Greves  16 assists, three digs, 1 block assist

RECORDS:

Mount Royal    1-2                   

TRU 1-4

“Feels good. I was trying to control my emotions especially when we got a bigger lead in the 20’s. The guys behind me were jacked up. I was trying to be the calm voice of reason. But inside I was jumping around,” TRU Interim head coach Mike Hawkins says.

“I think everyone was working well. We were talking through the entire game. This is the first match that we all came together and worked as a team," WolfPack outside hitter Randy Grundmann says.

UP NEXT:

Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (November 12th) 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. “I think they are going to come out harder and we have to do the same thing,” stated Grundmann about Saturday’s match.

Next weekend (Nov 18-19, the WolfPack will be entertaining the UBC Thunderbirds on the Warner Rentals Court  while Mount Royal will be home to the UBCO Heat.

OF NOTE: 

The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was: rookie setter Jakob Hamilton (Calgary, AB) he had 21 assists, one service ace and five digs. “ He was good,” said Hawkins. “He did a real good job of just understanding what their defense was giving us and then exploiting it. He and I worked pretty well during the match on communicating what they were doing. To their credit, the guys on the floor did a good job of letting him know of whether their blockers respected them. I think Jake did a pretty good job of delivering balls which led us to success.”


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