The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack got another strong performance from USport and Canada West player of the year Iullia Pakhomenko as they opened up a weekend road swing at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Pakhomenko had 18 kills in a straight set TRU victory. The scores were25-21,25-21,25-20.
The WolfPack picked up a hard fought road victory to kick off their final weekend of league play before the Christmas break.
Iullia Pakhomenko 18 kills in 37 chances, 4 service aces, 11 digs, 1 solo block
Mikayla Funk: 7 kills in 17 chances, 3 digs
Kaitlin Lomas 4 kills in 8 chances, 3 digs
Abby Spratt 35 assists, 1 service ace, 5 digs
Cassidy Kinsella 9 kills in 39 attempts, 4 digs, 2 solo blocks, 1 block assists
Kate Rozendaal 8 kills in 21 opportunities, 6 digs, 2 block assists
Claire McLoughlin 18 assists,
Carlie Edgar, 4 assists, 13 digs.
TRU 5-4 MacEwan 2-7
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
"A win on the road is important and to take care of business 3-0 is great for the group. We can clean up some things. It wasn't always crisp volleyball. But at the end of the day we got the job done and that is what is important. I thought Iullia had a strong match. She got us points at important times when we needed it. Kendra (Finch, 2nd year, libero, North Vancouver, BC) did a good job today. Positionally she was better and was more disciplined. It showed in her defense. She made some good plays and was stable for us."
The WolfPack have the bye next weekend, which is the final one for Canada West play before the Christmas break.
They will have an exhibition holiday scrimmage tournament at the TCC December 29-31 with USport ranked Dalhousie Tigers of Nova Scotia (AUS) and the UBCO Heat (Canada West).
TRU kicks off the second half of the Canada West regular season with back to back road trips. They visit the Calgary Dinos on Thursday and Friday (Jan 5-6, 2017) and then visit the Trinity Western University Spartans in Langley, BC on January 13-14, 2017.
MacEwan hosts UBC next weekend (Dec 2-3) .