TRU Sports Information
It could have been one of the biggest victories in franchise history. The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women's volleyball team swept the visiting and previously undefeated University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 3-0 in Canada West action Friday night (Nov 19). The scores were 25-22,25-18,25-6.
The WolfPack led from wire to wire as they handed the Thunderbirds their first loss of the Canada West Season. TRU was led by Iullia Pakhomenko (5th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine). She had 11 kills in 23 chances. UBC's top offensive threat was Victoria Behie (3rd year, setter, Nanaimo, BC) who had six kills in 19 chances
Iullia Pakhomenko: 11 kills in 23 swings, 10 digs, 2 assists, 1 block assist
Rachel Windhorst: 9 kills in 22 chances, 3 service aces, 5 digs, 1 solo block
Kaitlin Lomas: 7 kills in 9 opportunities, 2 digs, 1 service ace, 1 solo block, 3 block assists
Abby Spratt: 28 assists, 2 kills in 5 chances, 3 service aces, 3 digs, 1 block assist
Victoria Behie 6 kills in 19 chances 1 assist, 1 service ace
Danielle Brisbois: 5 kills in 28 swings, 1 service ace 2 digs
Alessandra Gentile: 10 assists.
UBC 4-1 TRU 4-3
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
On Rating this win in his head coaching career: " We had some big ones my first year. Opening home night we beat UBC in a five setter which was big. Obviously taking Trinity to make the playoffs last year. Every match is big though. When it is against a ranked team and my former alumni it is always special."
On Significance of win: "It is huge in the standings. We have to take care of business. We haven't got the performances we wanted at home. Friday has been a struggle for us coming out of the gate. It was nice to end those droughts to put on a solid effort tonight."
Felt it was team effort: " I thought we were tentative at the start of the first set. We talked about it. The girls came through that. Consistent service pressure. UBC had a little trouble passing the ball tonight. For us to continually put the service pressure on UBC was why we won. It was great to see that. It was also good to see the them in the second and third sets when we had fairly significant leads to be able to focus and play a point at a time instead of focus on what might be."
Thunderbirds coach Doug Reimer:
On match: "None of that was how we wanted it to go. I think our team is a lot better than what we showed tonight. It is what it is. When the wheels started to come off, we have to reflect on how to stem the bleeding.
On regrouping for Saturday: "It wasn't any one phase tonight but without a doubt our serve receive completely broke down. We need to be better and generally when you are on the road you usually are. Some of it tonight was TRU. I thought they defended really well. They kept the ball in play and did a good job. When you look at the first set, we made too many unforced errors. They kept getting better and we went the other direction. I am pretty sure we will be better tomorrow. Our team is better than that. You have to do it on the day and today we weren't there at all mentally tonight."
Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (November 19th) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 5 pm. Webcast on Canada West TV will begin around 4:45 pm.
Next weekend (Nov 25-26), the WolfPack will be on the road for their final set of league matches before the Christmas break. They will be in Edmonton, Alberta visiting the MacEwan University Griffins. The Thunderbirds will play a home and home series with the Trinity Western University Spartans beginning Friday night (Nov 25) in Vancouver.
OF NOTE: The "TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match" was: Lomas (4th year, middle, Ponoka, AB)