WolfPack volleyball'ers named first team allstars

By Larry Read - TRU Athletics
March 1, 2016 - 3:01pm Updated: March 1, 2016 - 6:09pm

Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have two of their volleyball players chosen as Canada West first team all-stars for the 2015-16 season.  As well, two members of the ‘Pack men’s volleyball team were named as Canada West ‘all rookie’ players.

Iullia Pakhomenko (4th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) was named to the Canada West first all-star team.  Pakohmenko was a first- team all-star last season as well. 

In 2015-16, the Masters of Business student led the league and the country in kills per set (4.67) and kills (425).  She was tied for the lead in service aces per set (0.55).

“This is a great accomplishment for Iullia and a testament to her work this season,” said TRU head coach Chad Grimm.  “She was instrumental in helping lead our team back to the post season for the first time since 2011-12. With the new positional all-star team, it was tough competition with a deep group of talented left side hitters which makes this recognition even more impressive.  I expect Iullia to use this award as a stepping stone in her volleyball career and push her to new heights as she enters her final year of eligibility next season.  I also believe this provides the proof of how important it is to put in the necessary work in the off-season to be successful at this level.  Iullia is a terrific example of that for our program.”

Brad Gunter (5th year, outside hitter, Courtney, BC) was named to the Canada West first team all-star for the third straight year.   Gunter became the Canada West and CIS all time kills (1476) and points (1710) leader as he finished his university career.  His stats this season saw him second in the league in kills per set (4.52) and kills (384) and led the league in service aces per set (0.41).

Says WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly about Gunter’s selection: “It is nice to see Brad recognized in his 5th and final year. He has had a storied career for TRU volleyball and has been a pleasure to coach. Brad picked up his game in the second semester and really had some dominant performances particularly the UBC weekend. Brad has been our most decorated athlete for TRU at the Canada West and CIS level and will be missed next year.”

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