WolfPack men’s volleyball split on final day of Dino Cup

By Vanessa Ybarra
October 15, 2017 - 9:16am

CALGARY, AB — The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team went .500 on the final day of the Dino Cup exhibition tournament.  On Saturday (Oct 14), the WolfPack fell 3-0 to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in the morning but rallied in the afternoon to take down the host University of Calgary Dinos 3-2.

The morning scores were 25-20,27-25,25-17  with Charlie Bringloe (3rd year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON) leading the offense with 12 kills and a .520 efficiency. Anton Napolitano (2nd year, outside hitter, Victoria, Australia) had six kills and 22 assists.

“We struggled with consistency especially from the service line,” said TRU head coach Pat Hennelly. “ We made 10 service errors in the first set alone.”

In the second match: the scores were 25-21,23-25,25-19,20-25,15-7.  Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany) led the way with 22 kills and five service aces.  Jordan Foot (5thyear, middle, Prince George, BC) had six kills and five blocks.  Sam Taylor Parks (3rd year, middle, Kelowna, BC) added nine kills and three service aces and Randy Grundmann(5th year, outside hitter, Winnipeg, MB) added 9 kills, Joshua Mullraney (3rd year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) added eight kills and three blocks.

“Isaac Smit (3rd year, Kelowna, BC) had an excellent night passing,” Hennelly added. “We struggled to maintain consistency but continued to make big plays. Calgary did a good job of changing up their offense. We came out in the fifth set with some solid play especially from Randy attacking and Tim blocking and serving.”

TRU went 3 and 1 on the weekend. “Overall it was great and I saw lots of progress from the team.”

The ‘Pack return home to prepare for their 2017-18 Canada West season and home opener on Friday, October 20th on the Warner Rentals court.  They will entertain the MacEwan University Griffins that weekend at the Tournament Capital Centre.  Match time Friday will be 7:45 pm.

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