Tuesday September 02, 2014






TRU, Schuetze back on track

Hugo Yuen

The TRU WolfPack men’s volleyball team gets a few words of advice from assistant coaches Mike Hawkins (left) and Chad Grimm during a Saturday night match against the Alberta Golden Bears.

The TRU WolfPack women’s basketball team has found its groove.

The WolfPack spent the weekend in Calgary where it took two games from the Mount Royal Cougars, completing the sweep with a 66-58 victory on Sunday.

TRU, which lost twice at UBC last weekend, now is 4-2.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well (Sunday),” Scott Reeves, the WolfPack’s head coach, said. “But we got the win, In Canada West, most teams will take any two road wins.”

Diane Schuetze, the fifth-year post from Vernon, had her fifth double-double in six games as she scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

TRU’s two other fifth-year players — guard Jen Ju and forward Tracy Kocs —  each had 10 points.

On Saturday, third-year guard Jorri Duxbury scored 25 points and added 10 assists as the WolfPack beat the Cougars, 77-54.

Ju added 22 points, with Schuetze throwing in 16. Schuetze had only five rebounds, the first time this season she didn’t record a double-double.

Kocs had 11 rebounds — eight on defence — to lead TRU in that category.

The WolfPack is at home Friday, 6 p.m., to the Regina Cougars and Saturday, 5 p.m., to the Brandon Bobcats.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Will Ondrik scored 23 points and hauled down 10 rebounds on Sunday as the WolfPack beat the Mount Royal Cougars 89-80 to earn a weekend split in Calgary.

On Saturday, the WolfPack dropped a 91-81 decision.

Sunday, Kevin Pribilsky also had 23 points for TRU, while Brett Rouault added 19 and Troy Grant tossed in 10.

On Saturday, TRU got 19 points and six assists from Pribilsky, while Akeem Pierre had 17 points and eight rebounds. Rouault and Ondrik each had 15 points.

The WolfPack (2-4) will be  at home this weekend, playing the Regina Cougars on Friday (8 p.m.) and the Brandon Bobcats on Saturday (7 p.m.).

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MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: The Alberta Golden Bears, the nation’s top-ranked team, completed a weekend sweep by beating the WolfPack 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-15) on Saturday night at the TCC.

The Golden Bears now are 8-0, with the WolfPack at 3-5.

“We had a little more edge and energy than we did (Friday),” WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly said. “Alberta was a little sharper as well. I think we mixed the line up well and we got more people in.”

Jesse Bazergui led TRU for the second straight night with seven kills in 23 chances, along with one service ace and three blocks. Colin Carson had nine kills and a dig for TRU, while Manny Abder Rehim had six kills in 12 chances and a solo block in two sets.

Alberta got 13 kills in 28 chances from Jay Olmstead.

The WolfPack will be in Winnipeg to play the Manitoba Bisons this weekend.

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WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: The effort was there but the result was the same as the WolfPack fell 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-11) to the visiting Alberta Pandas, who are ranked No. 3 in the country.

The Pandas are 6-2; the WolfPack is 0-8.

“We did play better than (Friday),” said TRU head coach Keith Lundgren. “We are just trying to come out strong. We are really pleased with how the girls came out in the first set and battled. We just need to work on practicing for more sustained quality.”

The Pandas also won 3-0 on Friday.

Alberta got seven kills in 12 chances from Kacey Otto, while Jessica Stroud had six kills in 10 chances.
TRU was led by Carly Nelson, who had six kills in 14 chances, four service aces and three digs. Katie Woo had 10 assists.

The WolfPack heads to Winnipeg this weekend for games with the Manitoba Bisons.

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MEN’S HOCKEY: The WolfPack picked up three points in a doubleheader with the Eastern Washington Eagles in Cheney.

The Eagles won 4-3 in overtime on Saturday, after the WolfPack (4-4-1) won 8-2 on Friday.
Colten DeFrias led TRU with a goal and two assists, while Alessio Tomassetti and Lucas Daoust added a goal each.

Goaltender Shane Mainprize faced 39 shots, one fewer than EWU’s Cash Ulrich.

TRU’s Nathan Michaels played the game with four stiches in his lower lip, while Lucaus Daoust taped up a thumb that originally was believed to be fractured. Both players were injured Friday.

On Friday, Tomassetti scored three times and set up two others, with Anthony Delong, Jake Howardson, Jordan Urban, Daoust and Rigby Burgart adding a goal each. DeFrias had four assists.

Mainprize stopped 33 shots, beaten only by A.J. Sanders and Jake Flynn.

The WolfPack was without defenceman Curtis Tonello, the team captain, due to an undisclosed injury.

TRU next plays at home on Nov. 30 against Simon Fraser. Game time at Memorial Arena will be 8 p.m.

— Compiled from TRU news releases





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