KAMLOOPS, BC—For a second straight night, the WolfPack defeated the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat on Saturday in the Tournament Capital Centre. The Pack needed four sets to dispose of the visiting Heat squad, 3-1. The scores were 25-18,29-25,25-17,25-22.
Thompson Rivers has moved to 15-5 on the Canada West regular season while the Heat have lost four in a row and now sit at 6-12.
TRU has yet to lose on a Saturday during the 2019-20 regular season.
The WolfPack had four players in double-digit kills in this match. Avery Pottle played the final two sets and notched 12 kills in 23 opportunities. She added two service aces, four digs, and a solo block.
First team Canada West all-star Olga Savenchuk had 12 kills in 26 swings with four digs and two block assists. Kendra Finch contributed to 11 kills in 27 chances with a match-high 17 digs and one block assists. While middle Ksenyia Kocyigithad 10 kills in 18 attempts with four digs, two solo blocks and one block assist.
UBCO had only one player in double-digits in kills. That was first-year Anaya Perry. She had 15 kills in 33 chances with 12 digs, one service ace, and two block assists.
Hellen Lacava had seven kills in 37 swings with four service aces, nine digs and a block assist. Sadie Taylor Parks had seven kills in 14 chances with two service aces and six block assists. It was the final time that she and her older brother, Sam were playing volleyball in the same gym. Sam Taylor Parks is a fifth-year middle with Thompson Rivers.
Freshmen setter Abigail Dueck continues to start for UBCO and finished with 23 assists and five digs.
This match was the last of the 2019-20 President's Cup series. It is a battle between Thompson Rivers and the University of British Columbia Okanagan in all Canada West sports: soccer, basketball, cross country and volleyball. The WolfPack captured the title for the second straight year on the women's side after a 3-1 win on Friday (Jan 24) night.
This was also the WolfPack's "Bell Let's Talk about Mental Health" game. Fans and Athletes were encouraged to take selfies with encouraging messages promoting mental health. Toques were also given out.
~ Larry Read, TRU Sports Media