WolfPack spoil Bobcats home opener

BRANDON, MB – The Thompson Rivers WolfPack earned a five-set road victory over the Brandon Bobcats on Friday night at the Healthy Living Centre in Canada West women's volleyball action.

The set scores were 23-25, 26-24, 25-11, 19-25, 15-7.
The opening set was back and forth with TRU holding a slim 16-15 lead at the technical timeout. The remainder of the set followed a similar script with the two sides all square at 22-22. Jodie Baker came through in the clutch with a service ace to give the Bobcats set point at 24-23 and they grinded out the win.
The Bobcats had a 7-3 run in the second set, but just like the first, it was the WolfPack who held the lead at the technical timeout 16-14. Thompson Rivers had a 5-1 run to go up 18-15, but Brandon worked away at the deficit and tied the set 21-21. The WolfPack eventually pulled away in extra points.
The third set was all WolfPack as they held leads of 6-1, 13-5 and 16-6 to grab major momentum in the match.
Brandon had their backs against the wall in the fourth set and they responded to the adversity. BU had a 7-2 run late in the set to lead 21-18 en route to forcing a fifth and deciding set.
Thompson Rivers regained the advantage in the fifth with leads of 5-1 and 8-1. Brandon fought back to make it 11-5, but that is as close as they would get.
Iuliia Pakhomenko put away 28 kills as the WolfPack improved to 1-and-2.

Courtney Roberts recorded 14 kills as the Bobcats slipped to 0-and-3.

Brandon will try to split the weekend series when the play TRU in the rematch on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the HLC.