Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team won their own invitational tournament.
The WolfPack downed the University of Calgary Dinos 3-1 on Wednesday night (Dec 30) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. The scores were 25-18,20-25,25-20,25-23.
The WolfPack, Dinos and the University of the British Columbia Okanagan Heat all finished with 3-1 records. TRU won on the tie break.
“We played with some intensity and it helped the results,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly.
“Graham Stoliker (5th year, setter, Surrey, BC) was excellent and it showed in the hitting percentages of all the players,” Hennelly added.
Stoliker had 50 assists with seven digs and one solo block.
Brandon Hewwing (5th year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) had 16 kills in 25 opportunities with a dig, a solo block and a block assist. Brad Gunter (5th year, outside hitter, Courtenay, BC) also had 16 kills. He had 31 swings with two service aces, three assists, nine digs, a solo block and four block assists.
“Brandon Hewwing was very good,” stated Hennelly. “ It was good to get the guys all out to play today with 14 different players getting a match.”
Daniel Eikeland Rod (4th year, outside hitter, Oz, Norway) had 13 kills in 24 chances with nine digs.
Calgary was led by Curtis Stockton and Keith West with 13 kills apiece. Jackson Maris added 34 assists with four digs, a solo block and two block assists.
UBCO won their final match earlier in the evening with a 3-0 win over Royal Military College. The scores were 25-16,25-17, 28-26. Royal Military College (OUA) finished 0-3.
The Heat were led by Jim Bell with 13 kills in 28 chances with eight digs. Tanner Marsh had nine kills in 19 opportunities. Kristof Schlaginweight added 33 assists.
Royal Military’s attack was spearheaded by Blake McClelland with eight kills in 22 swings. Adam Lupton added six in 30 chances while Micheal Peet had 21 assists.
The WolfPack return to play in Canada West regular season action on Friday, January 8th in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars. Their next home match is Friday, January 15 th at the Tournament Capital Centre against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Game time will be 7:45 pm.
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