For the first time in the 2017 calendar year, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack got to play a home match in Canada West women's volleyball. They made the most of it at the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday (Jan 27). They took the visiting University of Regina Cougars in straight sets.
The WolfPack won their seventh match in 15 outings with a 3-0 victory. The scores were 25-16,25-14,25-18.
USport and Canada West Player of the Year Iullia Pakhomenko (5th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) led the way offensively with 13 kills in 47 swings. Rachel Windhorst (3rd year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC) added 10 kills with Abby Spratt (1st year, setter, Calgary, AB) adding 32 assists, two service aces and two digs.
Regina was led offensively by Diana Lumbala (2nd year, outside hitter, Moose Jaw, SK) with 10 kills in 22 chances and four digs.
The WolfPack had 12 service aces on the night compared to Regina's three.
Iullia Pakhomenko: 13 kills in 27 opportunities, 4 service aces, three digs, 1 solo block
Rachel Windhorst: 10 kills in 18 swings, 2 service aces,4 digs, 1 solo block
Mikayla Funk: 7 kills in 13 chances, 5 digs, 1 block assist
Kendra Finch: 8 digs
Abby Spratt: 32 assists, two service aces, two digs, 1 block assist
Diana Lumbala: 10 kills in 22 opportunities, 4 digs
Kirsten Greve: 13 assists
TRU: 7-8 REGINA: 3-14
TRU head coach Chad Grimm (3rd year):
"For the most part we were pretty disciplined on our defense. We didn't make a ton of errors serving and put some pressure on them. I think our blocking needs to be more disciplined still. We were caught reaching a bit too much. Overall, I thought we kept our focus really well."
On Diversified Offensive Attack:
"I think we have some good weapons on the outside and we can score out of the middle too. I was happy with our passing. We struggled a little bit during the week on that. I thought the girls did a good job of letting that go and relaxing in the serve/receive and give our middles a chance to swing. That ability to get points from different areas something that you need the farther you go."
Cougars head coach Shane Smith (1st year):
"We really struggled to serve and receive. That makes it hard to get yourself into points. It was a tough couple of sets. We fought a little bit in the third but still not a good effort by us."
On the high ceiling at the Tournament Capital Centre:
"We talked a bit about that. It is a huge facility and quite a bit different from anywhere else we play. It is tougher in that sense but we would like to think we are better than we were tonight."
On who stood out personnel wise:
"Diana Lambala-our right side—she has been the player we have been going to the last couple of weeks. We tried to get her the ball a lot in the third set. She had a good night."
Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (Jan28) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 5 pm. Webcast on Canada West TV will begin around 4:45 pm.
Next weekend (Feb 3-4), the WolfPack will be visiting the University of Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg while the Cougars will entertain the MacEwan University Griffins.
OF NOTE: The "TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match" was Finch (2nd year, libero, North Vancouver, BC).