KELOWNA, B.C. (from TRU Wolpack) – At the Christmas break, the chances of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack making the Canada West playoffs in men’s volleyball were remote.
Now that is not the case. The WolfPack have virtually clinched a playoff spot after winning their eighth straight match.
On Saturday night (Feb 10) on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre, the Pack swept the visiting University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat 3-1. The scores were 19-25-, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20.
The WolfPack have a .500 record (11-11). They sit in the seventh and final playoff spot in the Canada West.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba are next at 9-13 with two matches left in the regular season.
The WolfPack started the match without their top offensive threat in Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany). The Heat took advantage and took the first set 25-19. Lars Bornemann (5th year, outside hitter, Victoria, B.C.) and Adam Kern (4th year, middle, West Kelowna, B.C.) leading UBCO with four kills apiece. Joshua Mullaney (3rd year, outside hitter, Calgary, Alta.) was the top gunner for the Pack with four kills in nine chances.
Thompson Rivers regrouped and took the second set by the same 25-19 score. Charlie Bringloe (3rd year, outside hitter, Waterloo, Ont.) led the way with five kills on nine opportunities in the set. Landon Currie (1st year, libero, Vernon, B.C.) chipped in with four digs. Kern was UBCO’s main offensive threat with four kills in six attempts.
The WolfPack captured the third set getting five kills apiece from Bringloe and Jordan Foot (5th year, middle, Prince George, B.C.) Bornemann had five kills in eight swings for the Heat.
In the fourth, TRU got to the technical time out first leading 16-15 and went onto a five point victory led by Mullaney with four kills in six chances.