The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have pulled back into .500 in Canada West women's volleyball. The WolfPack swept the visiting University of Regina Cougars on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday (Jan 28).
The scores were 26-24, 25-10,25-17.
The WolfPack are now 8-8 on the year as they got 21 kills from USport and Canada West player of the year Iullia Pakhomenko (5th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine). She had only two attack errors in 32 chances and added five digs, a block and two block assists. With her weekend totals, she has moved into sixth place in the all time Canada West hit parade.
Regina's main offensive weapon was Diana Lumbala (2nd year, outside hitter, Moose Jaw, SK) with 10 kills.
Iullia Pakhomenko: 21 kills in 32 opportunities, 5 digs, 1 solo block, 2 block assists
Rachel Windhorst: 4 kills in 16 swings, 6 service aces, 6 digs, 2 block assists
Mikayla Funk: 3 kills in 13 chances, 2 service aces, 3 digs, 2 block assists
Kendra Finch: 9 digs
Abby Spratt: 22 assists
Diana Lumbala 10 kills in 28 chances, 4 digs
Leah Sywanyk 6 kills in 21 opportunities, 4 digs, 1 block assist
Elizabeth Tooth: 13 assists, 5 digs
Taylor Ungar: 10 digs.
TRU: 8-8 REGINA: 3-15
TRU head coach Chad Grimm (3rd year):
On Regina giving them a first set scare:
" We knew they would come out better. They passed the ball better in the first set. Lumbala got it going in the first set by hitting the ball cross court. We were lethargic. We have to get better from the start."
On rebounding in the second and third set:
"We finally woke up just in the nick of time in the first set and carried the momentum through the rest. It was a good turnaround we just have to make sure we can come out strong on the second night after winning the first night. We have ot have that mentality."
"She is the player of the year. She has to be that every night for us. At the end of the night she was-21 kills and two errors. She is that type of leader for us. She approaches the game like a pro. She prepares like a pro. She works like a pro and she is business when it comes to the matches. It is that mentality we need to have from everybody all the time.
Praises play of Rachel Windhorst:
"She was great from the service line. Hit her target and made them pay."
Cougars head coach Shane Smith (1st year):
On strong first set:
"We were looking for a quicker start tonight. We played the first half of the set the way we wanted to and just couldn't execute at the end.
Rebounding after the first set loss.
"It was tough for a young team like ours. It is so hard to win in the Canada West. It takes a lot of mental toughness. It is something you learn with experience. We are getting better every week but it is something we need to improve upon.
On Iullia Pakhomenko:
"She is such a great player. She has been such a big part of their team. When you prepare for TRU you gotta prepare for her. TRU is getting better. They have a lot of players to support her now. It is a tough test any week to play them."
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.
The next home match for the 'Pack will be Friday, February 10th when the University of Winnipeg Wesmen will pay a visit to the Warner Rentals Court and the Tournament Capital Centre. The women play at 6 pm with the men set for 7:45 pm.
All of the above matches will be shown on a pay per view basis on "Canada West TV."
OF NOTE: The "TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match" was Abby Spratt (1st year, setter, Calgary, AB).