WINNIPEG, MB — The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are back into the win column in Canada West women’s volleyball. The ‘Pack snapped a four game losing streak as they beat the host University of Winnipeg Wesmen 3-0 on Friday night (Nov 17).
The scores were 25-23, 25-14, 25-14.
TRU moves to 3 and 4 while Winnipeg drops its sixth straight match to fall to 1-8.
The WolfPack dominated the last two sets after shaking off some early nerves. They were led by Yevgeniya Nyukahova with 13 kills. Rachel Windhorst chipped in with 11 while Mikayla Funk contributed 5. Abby Spratt had 29 assists.
Winnipeg was led by Kalena Schulz with six kills
Yevgeniya Nyukhalova (1st year, outside hitter, Severodontsk, Ukraine) 13 kills in 27 swings, 2 service ace, 7 digs
Rachel Windhorst (4th year,outside hitter, Surrey, BC) 11 kills in 30 chances, 3 ass9sts, 8 digs,2 block assists
Abby Spratt (2nd year, setter, Calgary, AB) 29 assists
Mikayla Funk (2nd year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC) 5 kills in 13 opportunities, 2 service aces, 3 digs, 2 solo blocks and 1 block assist
Kalena Schulz: 6 kills in 24 chances, 6 digs, 1 block assist
Ashleigh Laube: 5 kills in 20 opportunities, 3 digs
Jessica Friesne: 5 kills in 15 swings, 5 digs, 2 solo blocks, 1 service ace, 1 assist, 1 block assist
Rylie Dickson 19 assists
TRU: 3-4 Winnipeg: 1-8
TRU head coach Chad Grimm
On match: “ We got off to a little bit of a nervous start. We hadn’t had success the last few weekends and that played into it a little bit. The good news is that we hung in here and finished strong. We carried that through the rest of the match. Our first contact was excellent from the service line and reception. We did a good job of preventing runs just because we always had a good chance with our offense. That was nice to see. I thought everyone contributed and was efficient. I thought we picked up our defense as the match went along. It was a great start to the weekend. We have to come up with the same intensity and execution and take care of business.”
Thompson Rivers and the University of Winnipeg wrap up their weekend series tomorrow (Nov 18). Next home action for the WolfPack will be Friday, November 24th when the University of Manitoba Bisons pay a visit to the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time will be 6 pm.
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