Men’s Volleyball struggles out of the gate to open second half of season – TRU WolfPack

Men’s Volleyball struggles out of the gate to open second half of season – TRU WolfPack


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Men’s Volleyball struggles out of the gate to open second half of season – TRU WolfPack

  Posted on: January 11, 2019<!–    –>

Tim Edge vs Mount Royal ((Jan 11, 2019 Snucins)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack hit a bump in the road as they opened up the second half of their Canada West men’s volleyball season.

The Pack lost in straight sets to the Mount Royal University Cougars. The scores were 25-22,25-18, 25-20.
TRU falls to 7-4 on the year while Mount Royal moves to 10-3. Both of the squads are ranked in the U SPORTS top 10 rankings: TRU entered the week ninth with Mount Royal 5 th.

The Cougars were led by Trent Mounter(4th year, outside hitter, Perth, AUS) with 10 kills. TRU had 14 kills off the arm of Tim Dobbert (5th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany).

SYNOPSIS

The WolfPack got down early in the first set and the Cougars were the first to the technical timeout leading 16-11. Service errors was the theme for TRU in the first set as they committed 12 to Mount Royal’s three. That cost the Pack as they dropped the opening stanza 25-22. Tyler Schmidt leading the offense for the Cougars with 3 kills in six attempts.
In the second set, the Cougars did a great job of distributing and digging the ball and won the battle by seven points (25-18). Luis Lange (1st year, middle, Calgary, AB) had six kills in seven chances to pace Mount Royal while Trent Mounter ( 4th year, outside hitter, Perth AUS) added four kills in 10 opportunities.
Down 12-6 in the third set, Mount Royal rallied to score four in a row and then basically traded points with TRU the rest of the way.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:

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KEY STATS:

Scores by sets:
TRU 22 18 20 — 0
MOUNT ROYAL 25 25 25 —-3

MOUNT ROYAL:

Trent Mounter: 10 kills in 22 chances, 6 digs, 1 block assist
Luis Lange: 8 kills in 10 chances, 5 block assists
Tanner Greves: 21 assists, 3 digs
Tyler Schmidt: 7 kills in 15 chances, 4 digs, 5 block assists.

TRU:

Tim Dobbert: 14 kills in 30 opportunities, 1 service ace, 1 dig
Charlie Bringloe: 8 kills in 20 chances, 1 service ace, 5 digs
Kyle Behiels: 5 kills in 8 attempts, 2 service aces
Anton Napolitano: 23 assists, 2 service aces, 4 digs, 1 solo block
Landon Currie: 4 digs

RECORDS:

TRU: 7-4 OPPONENT: 10-3

THEY SAID IT (Post Matc Quotes):

TRU head coach Pat Hennelly:

On the match:
“We were basically outplayed in every aspect of the game. Their coverage game was great. When we didn’t make blocks they got the ball back up. We knew that this team is very resilient on defence and they kept the ball in play. Every long rally went to Mount Royal. That is a sign you are being outplayed. Fundamentally we were beaten in a lot of aspects. We could have used a great serve but we didn’t have it tonight and it compounded the problems for sure.”

Coaches Video Post Game Interview:

Mount Royal head coach Shawn Sky (15th season):

On the victory:
“Any win in our conference is a good win. Coming off the break it is just like an opening weekend. Our guys were rusty so it was a good one. We were just cleaner than TRU. We managed our errors better.”
Coaches Video Post Game Interview:

UP NEXT:

The WolfPack and Cougars will battle it out again at the Tournament Capital Centre tomorrow. The match has a 6:45 pm start time and will be webcast on Canada West television. It is a pay-per-view service.

OF NOTE: The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match” was: Isaac Smit who had five digs and an assist.

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