A strong serving run by middle Morgan Kolasa (4th year, Calgary, AB) helped propel the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack to a straight set win over the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday night (Feb 10).
The WolfPack won 25-20,25-19,25-20 on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.
Kolasa served 13 straight times in that second set as the 'Pack erased a 14-8 deficit. She wound up with two service aces, seven digs, four block assists and 2 kills to be named the "TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack" player of the match.
TRU (11-8) was led offensively by Rachel Windhorst (3rd year,outside hitter, Surrey, BC). She had 11 kills in 28 chances.
Winnipeg's (2-17) main offensive threats were Danika Picklyk (4th year, left side, Winnipeg, MB) and Jessica Friesen (1st year, middle, Lockport, MB) with seven kills a piece.
Iullia Pakhomenko: 9 kills in 13 chances,5 digs, 1 block assist
Rachel Windhorst: 11 kills in 28 opportunities, 3 service aces, 4 digs, 1 block assist
Morgan Kolasa: 2 kills in 13 swings, 2 service aces, seven digs, 4 block assists.
Mikayla Funk: 7 kills in 15 opportunities, 1 dig, 3 block assists
Abby Spratt: 23 assists, 5 service aces, 5 digs, 1 block assist
Danika Picklyk: 7 kills in 27 swings, 1 service ace, 4 digs, 2 solo blocks
Jessica Friesen: 7 kills in 13 chances, 1 dig, 2 solo blocks and 2 block assists
Karissa Kuhr: 5 kills in 14 opportunities, 7 digs, 1 service ace, 1 block assist
Maria Colvin: 5 kills in 11 chances, 3 digs, two block assists.
Rylie Dickson: 21 assists, 4 digs, 2 block assists
TRU: 11-8 WINNIPEG: 2-17
TRU head coach Chad Grimm (3rd year):
"At the end of the day, we didn't come out prepared to play. I think we missed some assignments and didn't show the intensity that we needed to."
On Kolasa's serving run in 2nd set:
"I have seen it but it is a rarity. Morgan obviously brought us back in the second set. She made some good digs. It shows us if we serve tough and go to our defensive spots and let the ball come to us, we can make some points."
On distributing the ball:
"I think everyone contributed which is good. But I think we could get more out of the middle. Our passing struggled early and it was hard to get them going. I thought Mikayla (Funk, 1st year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC) carried the load early which was great. I thought Rachel (Windhorst) did as well. We have to find the intensity to start matches."
WolfPack middle Morgan Kolasa (4th year, Calgary, AB)
On serving run in second set:
"We got off to a rough start in both the first and second sets. I stepped back on the line and thought about what I had to do. Nathan (Bennett, TRU assistant coach) was giving me my targets. I was just going for it. I got into a rhythm and it felt good. I have never served 13 straight points before."
Wesmen Coach Diane Scott:
On her teams ability to battle
"I was really pleased with our resiliency and was really happy with our game plan. We let it unravel a couple of times. We really need to stay in our system. For the most part though, we kept Iullia at bay and we did a good job in our middle. We served pretty well. I am pretty pleased overall. We shouldn't let a 14-8 lead disappear. But that's another lesson learned. After our practice this morning I wasn't sure what to expect. We played with heart and with grit. I think a respectable loss. That's not what our goal is but we competed. That was one of our goals."
On Growing Pains:
"We have had quite a few of those this year. We know we are capable. When we play volleyball well we play very well. It is a matter of maintaining that and having composure on our side. First contact is critical on any team. Especially a young one."
Both teams will go at it again on Saturday (Feb 11) 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 have a home and home series with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. The teams will meet in Kamloops at the Tournament Capital Centre on Thursday (Feb 16). On Saturday, February 18th, the Pack visit UBCO.
The Wesmen will host Trinity Western University (Feb 17-18)