KAMLOOPS — The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team find themselves sharing top spot in the Canada West after the opening weekend of the 2016-17 regular seson.
The Pack swept the visiting MacEwan University Griffins on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday night (Oct 21).
The score was 3-1 with the set scores being 25-20, 25-19,23-25,26-24
The WolfPack were led for the second straight night on offense by Tim Dobbert. The fourth year outside from Aichelberg, Germany had 23 kills in 45 swings with two service aces, three digs , a solo block and a block assist.
Randy Grundmann (4th year, outside, Winnipeg, MB) added 9 kills in 31 chances.
MacEwan’s top offensive threats were Kai Hesthammer (4th year, outside, Oystese, Norway) with12 kills in 31 swings with six digs, a solo block and a service ace. Ryan Zachary (1st year, outside, Airdrie, AB) contributed 10 kills in 27 attempts with nine digs and two block assists.
Kai Hesthammer: 12 kills in 31 opportunities, 1 service ace, 6 digs, 1 solo block
Ryan Zachary: 10 kills in 27 chances, 9 digs, 2 block assists
Caleb Weiss (1st year, setter, Sherwood Park, AB) 37 assists, 9 digs
Tim Dobbert: 23 kills in 45 chances, 2 service aces, 3 digs, 1 solo block and 1 block assist
Randy Grundmann: 9 kills in 31 swings, 2 service aces, 8 digs
Sam Taylor Parks (3rd year, middle, Kelowna, BC) 9 kills in 14 chances, 3 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Jordan Foot (5th year, middle, Prince George, BC) 7 kills in 17 opportunities, 2 solo blocks, 1 block assist
Anton Napolitano (2nd year, setter, Victoria, Australia) 33 assists, 6 digs
TRU 2-0 MacEwan 0-2
TRU head coach Pat Hennelly:
On sweep:” I think Sam Taylor Parks was a perfect choice for Leader of the Pack as player of the game. He came out and asserted his dominance as a third year guy. That was blocking, serving and attacking. I really liked Anton (Napolitano) coming in as a setter and changing the pace of the game. It is just nice that we have guys who come off the bench and perform. Mullaney (Josh, 3rd year, outside, Calgary, AB) came in for Charlie (Bringloe, 3rd year, outside, Waterloo, ON) and our young guys are doing a job. They don’t have much experience. It is good support from the rest of the group.”
On why bringing in Napolitano as a setter: “I think we needed a tempo change. We had a game plan that Alex was following to a tee last night but wasn’t as much tonight. I thought it was time for a change. The ability to change gears is great. It is hard for teams to follow those changes. Anton came in and had an immediate connection with Sam. That changed what was going on in that set. We were down when Anton came in and we wound up winning.”
Coaches Video Post Game Interview:
TRU outside hitter Tim Dobbert (Aichelberg, Germany)
On first weekend of Canada West: “Its fun. I am glad the season has started. It was a good team that we played. I think there wasn’t a big difference between the two matches. We played well in the first two sets and then had to fight back in the fourth.”
Next weekend (Nov 4-5), the WolfPack have the bye while the Griffins will be playing a home and home with the University of Alberta Golden Bears. The teams will play Friday (Oct 27) night at MacEwan and Saturday night (Oct 28) at Alberta.
The WolfPack return to action on Friday, November 3rd when they entertain the Brandon University Bobcats on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Match time is 6:45 pm. The game will be webcast on Canada West TV starting at 6:30 pm.
OF NOTE: The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was: Taylor Parks.
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