By Larry Read
TRU Sports Information Officer
KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women's volleyball emerged from their first home weekend of the Canada West season with a split. After taking the visiting UBC Thunderbirds in five sets on Friday (Oct 26), The T-Birds came back and downed the WolfPack in straight sets on Saturday (Oct 27).
The scores on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre were 25-20,25-13, 25-18
UBC goes to 1-3 on the year. The same record as Thompson Rivers.
The Pack were led offensively by Kendra Finch with 9 kills. Kiera Van Ryk paced UBC with 15 kills.
The teams traded points in the first set. UBC jumping out to a four point lead (10-6), which prompted a time out being called by Pack head coach Chad Grimm. UBC's middle blockers giving the Pack trouble but they were able to tie things up at 12. Kiera Van Ryk (2nd year, outside, Surrey, BC) led the way for them as they wound up taking the set by five. Van Ryk, who played for Canada's national team had five kills in nine attempts. Victoria Behie (5th year, outside, Nanaimo, BC) led the way though with six kills in 11 swings. Kendra Finch (4th year, outside, North Vancouver BC) pacing TRU with 5 kills in eight swings.
That set win spurred on the Thunderbirds as they opened the second set by notching the first three points. Down 5-2, the Pack rallied to tie things up at five. The teams exchanged points until UBC jumped out to a seven point advantage scoring seven straight points, reaching the technical time out at 16-9. They continued on that momentum and went onto a 12 point win to move up 2-0 in the match. Van Ryk added six kills to her total in that second set. Jayde Robinson (2nd year, outside, Delta, BC) entered the match and responded with five kills of her own in 12 attempts.
The Pack tried to mix things up in the third set as they switched setters with Abby Spratt (3rd year, Calgary, AB) replaced by Anastasiya Muzyka (2nd year, Poltawa, Ukraine). The UBC juggernaut continued to roll, jumping to an early 5-1 advantage. The WolfPack defense stepped up after a time out and reduced the T-Bird lead to two (7-5). That prompted UBC bench boss Doug Reimer to call a time out to switch momentum back his team's way and they had a six point lead (16-10) at the tech time out led by Tessa Davis (4th year, middle, Surrey, BC) who was 3 for 3 on her 'step around attack'. The WolfPck came out of the time out and tried to mount a comeback but it was not to be as UBC won the set 25- and took the match in three straight for win number one on the season.
TRU 20 13 18 --0
UBC 25 25 25--3
Olga Savenchuk: 7 kills in 25 opportunities, 5 digs, 3 block assists
Kendra Finch: 9 kills in 34 chances,10 digs,
Kiera Van Ryk: 15 kills in 26 chances, 3 assists, 2 service aces, 11 digs, 1 block assist
Tessa Davis: 9 kills in 16 opportunities, 2 service aces
Victoria Behie: 9 kills in 20 chances, 4 assists, 11 digs, 2 block assists
Olivia Furlan: 42 assists, 2 digs, 1 service ace
TRU: 1-3 UBC 1-3
THEY SAID IT (post match quotes):
TRU head coach Chad Grimm:
On difference in this match from Friday: "I thought we weren't engaged at the level we need to be at. From the start, first set we were great offensively but defensively we weren't good enough tonight. If we want to be in matches, especially against good teams we need to be strong on the defensive side of the ball. We weren't tonight. We don't earn points easily on our team. We need to extend rallies we have to play mentally tough. We didn't do that enough tonight."
Getting team motivated during a match when they are down: "I try to change things up. I try to change the momentum of the game. I try and take my time. But when it is all said and done, I can only make time outs and subs. As a group, we have to find a way to change it on the floor. You hope for that person who comes in and provides a spark, change things. Make a big play and help with that momentum. I don't think it's because we weren't trying. I think the girls were trying. I think it is understanding that level of emotional engagement to be successful."
COACHES POST GAME VIDEO INTERVIEW: click here
UBC Coach Doug Reimer (22nd season):
On match: "The relief is to win. But to play well to get it is certainly better. We had a lot of people play really well. That is some of the steadiness that we are going to need moving forward. It was a good three sets to build on."
What did he tell his team before this match?" We said lots of things. We needed time to process yesterday's loss. I think it was more on the players came out ready to play and sustain momentum.
Who stood out for him personnel wise? I thought Kiera Van Ryk was obviously very good. She hit the ball more effectively and made less errors. She was good around the court in terms of blocking. I thought right side player Victoria Behie played very well. She was very steady and had nine kills. Blocked well and passed well. Our setter delivered the ball well. Those three led the way."
COACHES POST GAME VIDEO INTERVIEW: click here
TRU setter Abby Spratt (3rd year, Calgary AB):
SPRATT'S POST MATCH INTERVIEW:
The WolfPack have a bye next week. They will visit the University of Regina Cougars (Nov 9-10). The Thunderbirds will be on the road next weekend visiting the Bobcats at Brandon University.
Tomorrow's match will be webcast on www.Canadawesttv beginning with the pregame show at 4:50 pm with
OF NOTE: The "TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match" was Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine).