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RECAP: Heat drop Presidents' Cup Battle to TRU

RECAP: Heat drop Presidents' Cup Battle to TRU

Kamloops, BC - The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men's volleyball team got back into the win column on Friday night in three sets.

The victory for 'Pack sets up a winner-take-all matchup tomorrow night in terms of the Men's Presidents' Cup, which is the competition between UBC Okanagan and Thompson Rivers in Canada West competition. 

Thompson Rivers improve to (4-13) on their Canada West season while the Heat fall to (0-15). 

It was the TRU attack that would be the difference on Friday night, as they hit a season-high .450 as a team (42 kills to just six errors) en route to the third set victory. 

Individually the Heat were led by middle Teo Ardanaz along with outside hitter and former WolfPack player Denham O'Reilly, who finished with seven kills each in the three set match.

For the 'Pack it was rookie outside hitter Nimo Benne who did lots of damage, firing home 16 kills on just 24 attacks to pace the home team. Setter Samuel Elgert distributed the ball flawlessly all night long as well, racking up 31 assists.

The WolfPack were down two early but they rallied and took the lead, winning the first set 25-17 thanks to six points from Sam Taylor-Parks . 

Thompson Rivers had a 10-7 advantage in the second until UBCO went on a 7-0 run to tie things at 13 prompting TRU head coach Pat Hennelly to call a time out.  Tied at 22, Taylor Parks slammed the ball down into empty space on the UBCO side. That prompted the Pack to go on a run leading 24-22. O'Reilly's kill put off the inevitable as the Pack took the set 25-23 courtesy of a Benne kill.  

The Pack jumped out to a 9-4 lead before UBCO coach Brad Hudson called a time out to try and spur on his squad.  The Pack led 16-9 at the tech time out. In the third set, TRU's Cole Johnston (first year, middle, Prince George, BC) made his Canada West debut. His initial block left the court to make it 19-11.

The first serve for tomorrow night's match is slated for 5 p.m. PST in Kamloops.

All action can be seen live and on-demand on Canadawest.tv presented by Co-op.

~ TRU Athletics