The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will be making an appearance in the Canada West women's volleyball play offs for a second straight year.
The 'Pack won their 12 th match of the season as they downed the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen 3-0 on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday (Feb 11).
The scores were 26-24,25-23,25-20.
The WolfPack battled back from deficits in all three sets including being down 15-5 in the second set. Canada West and USport Player of the year Iullia Pakhomenko (5th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) had 16 kills in 37 swings. Rachel Windhorst (3rd year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC) added 13 kills in 40 chances.
Winnipeg's top offensive player was Dnika Picklyk (4th year,left side, Winnipeg, MB) with eight kills in 40 opportunities and six digs while Karissa Kuhr (5th year, outside, Fort McMurray, AB) had seven kills in 28 chances.
Iullia Pakhomenko: 16 kills in 37 chances, 16 digs, 1 block assist
Rachel Windhorst: 13 kills in 40 opportunities, 9 digs
Morgan Kolasa: 5 kills in 13 swings, 7 digs, 5 service aces 2 service aces
Mikayla Funk: 7 kills in 16 chances, 2 service aces, 2 digs
Kendra Finch: 20 digs
Abby Spratt: 38 assists, 8 digs
Danika Picklyk: 8 kills in 40 opportunities, 6 digs,
Karissa Kuhr: 7 kills in 28 chances, 13 digs,3 service aces
TRU: 12-8 WINNIPEG 2-18
TRU head coach Chad Grimm (3rd year):
On winning and making the playoffs:
"Obviously Winnipeg had some huge leads during the game. That wasn't the game plan. I was happy that the girls kept finding a way. Not how we want to start sets but the way we want to end them. Its not perfect but I was happy with us going through the adversity and not giving up."
On Diverse offense:
"Rachel (Windhorst) was there serving and otherwise. Morgan (Kolasa, 4th year, middle, Calgary, AB) was there on the service line and made some big digs. Mikayla (Funk, 1st year, outside hitter, Surrey, BC) was pretty efficient. Iullia (Pakhomenko) will get her volume and get a lot of attention. She will get a lot of points and that is needed by us. But the ability to spread it out is also important."
Wesmen Head Coach Diane Scott:
"I was pleased with the way our team came out in the first two sets after losing last night. I thought we played better tonight. We were a little different and some players stepped up that weren't so consistent last night. That was a really good sign. I was pleased with how we battled back in that third set. It is disappointing that after you work so hard and you are so far ahead that you can't earn a set here or there. We were close and we got much closer to learning some lessons."
Next week (Feb16-18), the WolfPack will be playing a home and home series with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. Game time is 6 pm. The two teams will duke it out on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Thursday (Feb 16). Two nights later, the teams mix it up in Kelowna, BC.
The Wesmen entertain the Trinity Western University Spartans next week.
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 Funk.