|Game Date: 1/4/2008||Location: Kamloops, BC|
|Game Time: 1:00 pm||Attendance: 100|
|1st Referee: Glenn Heatley, 2nd Referee: Hal Hennenfent, Scorer: Trent Hammer|
|Trinity Western||Thompson Rivers|
Men's Volleyball (TRU Tournament)
Friday, January 04, 2008
TWU Spartans (3) at Thompson Rivers University WolfPack (1)
(25-18, 30-28, 26-28, 25-13)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS HAND WOLFPACK SECOND LOSS OF TOURNAMENT
KAMLOOPS, British Columbia - The host Thompson Rivers University WolfPack continue to look for their first victory in the inaugural Little Caesars Hot and Ready Mens University Volleyball Tournament. The WolfPack dropped a 3-1 decision to the Trinity Western University Spartans 25-18, 30-28, 26-28 and 25-13.
"It was a good match" stated Spartan Coach Ben Josephson. "Both teams got to mix their lineups a bit. I thought our guys came out focused. Thompson Rivers struggled a bit at the start but were coming on late".
Both squads entered the match looking for their first victory of the tourney. The Spartans had dropped a three set decision to the Laval Rouge et Or while the WolfPack came out on the short end of a three set to one decision to the Winnipeg Wesmen. Both those matches were played on Thursday (Jan 3).
In the first set, The Spartans led by no more than four until late. The second set saw the WolfPack battle from a 24-19 deficit to tie things up before falling short. "I think there was some great emotion at times" said TRU Bench Boss Pat Hennelly. "Unfortunately on both sides of the ball, we touched the net 20 times. Maybe it's a symptom of the part of the season that we are in. Neither Trinity or ourselves were at the top of their game".
Hennelly credited the play of third year Outside Hitter Brent Hall (Red Deer, Alta.). Hennelly thought he had one of his strongest games.
The WolfPack seemed to lose a bit of focus in the fourth set. Hennelly thought some crucial errors by rookie Stefan Savoie (Winnipeg) contributed to that demise. "At times we got what we wanted out of [the match], the one close game we lost on a pure shank in the second set. I want that back. We never had a chance to go after it."
Hennelly added it took a long time for his squad to get their emotions up for the contest.
Offensively, five The year Right Side Steve Rogalsky led the way with 12 kills for the Spartans, who now take on the number two team in the NCAA: Pepperdine Wave of California Saturday afternoon (Jan 5).
"Marc Howatson was probably our best player today" stated Josephson. "I thought he had a great game. He struggled in the third set but bounced back in the fourth. especially for an 18 year old kid." Howatson (1st year, Victoria) had 22.5 points. Josephson gave credit to one other player. "Our setter Ben Ball (1st year, Abbotsford, B.C.) was fantastic tonight. It was the best blocking match he's had in a while".
Rookie Outside Hitter Gord Perrin (Creston, B.C.) had 10 kills and 10.5 points for the WolfPack.
TRU rested a number of their starters including Robin Shoebel of Monaco.
"At some point, Tim Flannigan (5th year, Prince George, B.C.) and Brent Hall are going to play a role. We saw some stuff that we have on tape now and can help them develop. You can't get that in practice: those pressure situations. In a lot of cases, they were matched up with Trinity Western starters".
The WolfPack will try and regroup for a match later tonight against Laval. The Rouge et Or lost in three sets earlier today to Pepperdine 25-23, 25-14, 26-24. That's set for 730 pm at the Tournament Capital Centre. The Spartans will conclude the tournament on Saturday with matches against Pepperdine at 1 p.m. and Winnipeg at 5 p.m. The Tournament winds up Saturday.