By Larry Read
TRU Sports Information
KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have opened up the first weekend of the Canada West women's volleyball season with back to back victories.
After taking the MacEwan University Griffins in five sets on Friday night, TRU had little trouble with the Griffins on Saturday (Oct 21). They beat MacEwan in straight sets . The scores were 25-19,25-13,25-23.
The WolfPack were led for the second straight night by first year outside hitter Yevgeniya Nyukhalova (Severodontsk,Ukraine). She had 14 kills in 31 chances with eight digs and a solo block.
MacEwan was led by Cassidy Kinsella (5th year, outside hitter, Leduc, AB) who had eight kills in 28 swings.
Yevgeniya Nyukhalova: 14 kills in 31 opportunities, 1 service ace, 8 digs, 1 solo block
Rachel Windhorst: (4th year, outside, Surrey, BC) 8 kills on 21 chances, 1 service ace, 9 digs
Anastasiya Muzyka(1st year, setter, Poltawa, Ukraine)25 assists, 3 kills, 5 digs, 1 solo block, 2 block assists
Mikayla Funk: (2nd year, outside, Surrey, BC) 8 kills on 16 swings, 4 digs, 1 service ace, 3 block assists
Hali Drezet (2nd year, Libero, Prince George, BC) 14 digs
Abby Spratt (1st year, setter, Calgary, AB) 7 assists in one set of service
Cassidy Kinsella: 8 kills on 28 opportunities, 7 digs
Lauren Holmes: (3rd year, outside, Edmonton, AB) 5 kills in 16 swings, 1 block assist
Hailey Cornelis: (3rd year, outside, Morinville, AB) 4 kills in 20 chances, 7 digs, 5 block assists
Claire McLoughlin: (5th year, setter, Campbell River, BC) 11 assists
TRU: 2-0 MacEwan 0-2
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
On sweep: "Anytime you get a sweep in our league is a positive. The home opener is important to come out and get a good start. MacEwan, I think will be right in the mix as a playoff team. It was nice to put back to back efforts together.
Winning on the second night in 3 sets: "We came out pretty focused and doing the jobs we needed to do early. They gave us some easy points as they struggled on serve-receive early. It is a positive. It has been a struggle in the past to put together back to back performances against a solid team. Great to see so early in the season."
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MacEwan head coach Ken Briggs:
On weekend: "The positives are that we got to play a more physical group off the bat. I thought Thompson Rivers had a great second day. They made some great adjustments. The biggest one being that you could tell they were at home. They were more confident and went after it. There was a middle part of the game where maybe they would have let us back in the door. But they upped their intensity. I thought their defence really held well for them in the middle and pulled them at the end.:
On play of Cassidy Kinsella: "She going to be steady. She is a fifth year and knows what to do. If we could have passed a little better which I am a little disappointed on that. We focused on it and we really couldn't get her the ball. She will always be the girl that they have to take care of. She still managed tos score well enough but we need some other help too."
The WolfPack will have the bye next week (Oct 27-28). MacEwan has a home and home series with cross town rival Alberta. The teams will battle it out at MacEwan on Friday Oct 27 th at 5 pm and then pay at the Saville Centre on Saturday Oct 28 th at 4 pm
TRU continues their homestand and will entertain the Brandon University Bobcats the weekend of November 3rd and 4th. Those matches will be webcast on www.Canadawesttv with Kendric Carlock, Morgan Kolasa and Dylana Milobar.
OF NOTE: The "TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match" was Abby Spratt. Grimm explains why: "I think she came in when we were down a little bit in the third set. Sometimes it is difficult to get over the hump and win that third one. She injected some energy. We needed a boost there. Obviously, she is talented and we have two good setters this year. That is a positive for us that we can go with two setters. Having that allows us to change the complexion of the game. "