WolfPack drop tough five setter to Laval in women's volleyball

By Larry Read
September 30, 2017 - 8:16am

LAVAL, QC —The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball came out on the short end of an exhibition match played Friday (Sept 29) at the University of Laval in Quebec.

The ‘Pack and the host Rouge et Or wound up playing a five setter before Laval won the match 3-2. The scores were 24-26,15-25,25-21,25-16, 19-17.

TRU falls to 1-2 on their Eastern Canadian Tour.

“It was a really up and down match for both teams,” said WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm. “ They changed gears after the first two sets and started to tip and roll. We talked about that quite a bit but weren’t able to make the adjustment. We started chasing the game a bit and never really recovered. It was a good experience. The crowd was great .It was great to play on the floor where Nationals will be held this year. Everybody who came in did a good job. We just need to find our consistency.”

TRU was led by Rachel Windhorst (4th year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC). She had 20 kills in 42 swings with two service aces and eight digs.  Kendra Finch (3rd year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC) added 11 kills in 39 chances with 18 digs. 

Yevegniya Nyukhalova (1st year, outside hitter, Severodontsk, Ukraine) added 11 kills in 21 chances.  Hali Drezet (2nd year, libero, Prince George, BC) had 19 digs. Anastasyiia Muzyka (1st year, Polawa,Ukraine) had 26 assists while  Abbey Spratt (2nd year, setter, Calgary, AB) added 22 assists.

Laval was led Maud Chapleau with 17 kills in 47 opportunities with 17 digs. Jade Fortin had 13 kills in 38 swings. Alice Cloutier contributed 12 kills in 37 chances along with 19 digs. Alyssa Fields had 10 kills in 22 chances. Emie Gaboury contributed 45 assists.

The two teams will play again on Saturday at 6 pm EDT.

The WolfPack kick off their 2017-18 Canada West season on October 20th when they entertain the MacEwan University Griffins on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Match time will be 6 pm.

SIDE OUTS: This match was the first one for Grimm back in the Laval gym, where he was an assistant coach when the WolfPack men's team won a CIS bronze medal in 2008.

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