KAMLOOPS — A week off seemed to hurt and not help the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack as they returned to league play in the Canada West men’s volleyball league
The Bobcats controlled the game from the onset. The lead changed only once in all three sets. Brandon was led offensively by Seth Friesen with eight kills. Elliot Viles and Matt Powell contributed seven a piece.
TRU’s main offensive weapon was Tim Dobbert with six kills. Jordan Foot and Randy Grundmann each had 5.
Brandon 25 25 25 --3
TRU 14 18 14 --0
Reece Dixon (3rd year, setter, Sherwood Park, AB) 21 assists, 4 digs
Seth Friesen (3rd year, outside hitter, Brandon, MB) 8 kills in 24 chances 1 assist, 1 dig, 3 block assists
Eliot Viles (2nd year, outside hitter, Adelaide, AUS) 7 kills in 16 opportunities, 5 service aces, 4 digs, 1 block assist
Matt Powell (5th year, outside hitter, Melville, SK)7 kills in 11 chances, 8 digs, 2 block assists
Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany) 6kills in 21 swings, 7 digs
Jordan Foot (5th year, middle, Prince George, BC) 5 kills in 5 opportunities, 1 dig
Randy Grundmann (5th year, outside, Winnipeg, MB) 5 kills in 11 chances, 3 digs
Jakob Hamilton (2nd year, setter, Calgary, AB) 15 assists, 1 dig, 2 block assists
Sam Taylor Parks (3rd year, middle, Kelowna, BC) 4 kills in 8 chances, 1 dig
Anton Napolitano (2nd year, setter, Victoria, AUS) 10 assists, 2 service aces 1 block assist.
TRU: 1-2 Brandon: 4-1
TRU head coach Pat Hennelly:
On Match: “ Practice was good. We had a game plan. Brandon did what they expected to do. They didn’t come out with any new offensive wrinkles. I think collectively everyone came out thinking someone else was going to take charge and get it done. We had some guys who were tired this week. They weren’t necessarily playing great. Lots of guys had had chances to play. Decision making was particularly poor. Hopefully it is a one off. Shades of last year for sure came out.”
Coaches Video Post Game Interview:
Brandon head coach Grant Wilson (6th season):
On game: “ Real pleased with our effort. We came out right from the first serve. We did a good job serving and receiving here. That is a pretty tough thing to do here. We built off that and everything else just followed. I thought Reese Dixon set a great game. Part of that came from our passing. We passed pretty well.”
On playing well at TCC on the first night: “ It certainly has not been kind to us in the past. That was our focus going in. We wanted to get comfortable from the service line and serve/receive. Happy that we did.”
Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (November 4) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 6:45 pm. Webcast on Canada West TV will begin around 6:35pm.
Next week (Nov 9-10), the WolfPack kick off a four game road trip. First they play in Vancouver, BC against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (Nov 9-10). Then they will visit the University of Winnipeg for a pair of matches against the Wesmen (Nov 17-18).
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