WolfPack split Canada West women's volleyball series with Heat

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KELOWNA - The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are proving to be road warriors in the second half of the Canada West women’s volleyball season.

The WolfPack split their home and home series with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat by winning 3-1 on Saturday (Feb 18).  The scores were 25-17, 25-14,21-25,25-21.

SYNOPSIS

The Pack improved to 13-9 on the year, the same record at the Heat. Both teams are tied for fifth in the Canada West standings with two matches to play in the regular season.

Iulia Pakhomenko had 24 kills in 58 chances to lead TRU.  She had 33 kills in the series against UBCO which gives her 1, 204 for her career. She has moved into third place in the all-time kills standings.  Pakhomenko past former Manitoba Bison Rachel Cockrell (1,176).
UBCO’s main offensive threat was Siobhan Fitzpatrick with 14 kills.

SCORES:

TRU               25    25     21   25
UBCO            17    14     25   21

KEY STATS:

TRU
Iullia Pakhomenko: 24 kills in 58 swings, 2 service aces, 1 assist,9 digs, 1 block assist
Rachel Windhorst: 8 kills in 23 opportunities, 10 digs
Morgan Kolasa: 5 digs in 15 chances, 3 service aces, 4 digs, 1 solo block, 5 block assists
Abby Spratt:2 kills on 4 attempts, 34 assists, 3 service aces, 14 digs, 4 block assists.
Mikayla Funk: 3 kills in 17 opportunities, 13 digs, 4 block ass9sts, 2 assists, 1 service ace
Kendra Finch: 14 digs

UBCO
Siobhan Fitzpatrick; 14 kills in 35 chances,2 service aces, 7 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Aidan Lea: 10 kills in 22 swings, 4 digs, 1 solo block, 2 block assists
Sara McCreary: 23 assists, 1 service ace, 8 digs
Emily Oxland: 14 assists, 4 digs
Kaitlynn Given: 7 kills in 29 opportunities, 13 digs.

RECORDS:

UBCO  13-9         TRU 13-9

QUOTES:

TRU head coach Chad Grimm:

On Match:
“This was our most complete game of the year when it came to intensity. We were tough mentally and from the service line and less hesitant than on Thursday (3-1 loss at home to UBCO. Our serves in the first two sets had UBCO in trouble. They rebounded in the third set but we came back in a match which was like the playoffs.”

On Gutting it out on the road:
“We have spent a lot of time on the road in the second half and have become good at playing on it. We had good focus as a team and on doing out individual jobs. We spoke tonight about making some small changes to our defense. We got away from it in the third set but I was happy we rebounded in the fourth.”

Praising personnel:
“Rachel (Windhorst, 3rd year, outside, Surrey, BC) had a good start and was very aggressive at the attack line. Abby (Spratt, 1st year, setter, Calgary,AB) had her best defensive game.  Iullia (Pakhomenko) started slow but turned it on when we needed her to and Kendra (Finch, 2nd year, libero, North Vancouver, BC) was solid defensively and with her passing.”

UP NEXT:

TRU will close out their regular season next weekend (Feb 24-25) in Saskatoon, SK against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.  The Heat will entertain MacEwan University Griffins that same weekend.


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