Men's WolfPack volleyball battle hard but lose five set decision in Alberta

By Larry Read - TRU Athletics
December 3, 2017 - 10:09am

EDMONTON, AB —The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team is getting used to playing five setters.  For the second straight match and the third time in their last four outings, the WolfPack went the distance. On Saturday night (Dec 2), it was the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

After going up 2-0, the ‘Pack fell to the Bears 3-2.  The scores were 25-27,22-25,25-13,25-16,15-7.

The WolfPack fall to 2-9 on the year while Alberta moves to 8-3.

SYNOPSIS

It was the WolfPack’s most consistent match of the year according to head coach Pat Hennelly. They were led offensively by Joshua Mullaney who had 14 kills.  Tim Dobbert added 10.  Alex Cassells had 25 assists.

Alberta’s offense was powered by Taryq Sani with 14 kills. Alex McMullin chipped in with 13. Luke Brisbane had 32 assists while Max Elgert had 14.

KEY STATS:

TRU:

Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany)10 kills in 21 swings,2 digs,1 solo block

Joshua Mullaney (3rd year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) :14 kills in 28 chances, 4 digs, 2 block assists

Randy Grundmann (5th year, outside, Winnipeg, MB) 3 kills in 8 opportunities

Charlie Bringloe (3rd year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON)6 kills 14 chances, 2 service aces, 4 digs

Alex Cassels (5th year, setter, East St. Paul, MB)  25 assists, 2 digs, 1 block assist

ALBERTA: 

Taryq Sani: 14 kills in 30 chances, 2 service aces,6 digs,2 solo blocks, 1 block assist

Alex McMullin: 13 kills in 22 swings, 2 service aces,2 digs, 1 block assist

Luke Brisbane: 32 assists, 3 digs

Max Elgert: 14 assists, 3 service aces, 2 digs, 1 block assist

RECORDS:

ALBERTA: 8-3    TRU: 2-9

QUOTES: 

TRU head coach Pat Hennelly:

On Match:  “Had our best start to a match all year. Played very composed in the first two sets and Charlie (Bringloe) and Josh (Mullaney) were excellent. We struggled with passing and ball control and to Alberta’s credit, they made some changes in personnel and offense. I liked the fact that we battled and maintained composure over the first two sets. All the starters contributed: Sam (Taylor Parks), Tim (Dobbert), Landon (Currie), Jordan (Foot) and Alex (Cassels).  Randy (Grundmann), Keddie (Cole) and Jake (Hamilton) all came in and contributed.”

UP NEXT:

The WolfPack and  Alberta will close out their series tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, Dec 3).  The teams then break for the Christmas Exam period.

Next home match for Thompson Rivers will be Friday, January 19, 2018 when they entertain the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time will be 6 pm.

 

End of an era for TRU Athletics

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