It was a near-perfect weekend for the TRU WolfPack men’s volleyball team.
The WolfPack defeated the UBC-Okanagan Heat in four sets (25-16, 27-25, 23-25, 25-22) in a Canada West match at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday. It was the second straight victory for the WolfPack, which knocked off UBC-Okanagan in Kelowna on Friday.
At 2-0, the WolfPack couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.
“It was a best case scenario for us,” said TRU head coach Pat Hennelly in a news release.
“It looked like we were going to win 3-0. We took the foot off the gas. You can’t do that in this league.”
Brad Gunter had his second straight monster night for the WolfPack, picking up 18 kills for the second match in a row. He also had three aces and 10 digs. Philip Ozari also had 15 kills and four block assists, and Colin Carson had 46 set assists.
Nate Speijer had 27 kills for the Heat, and Kristof Schlagintweit dished 51 assists.
TRU is at home on the weekend, with the U of Calgary Dinos coming to the TCC on Friday and Saturday. Both matches are to start at 2:45 p.m.
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TRU’s women’s volleyball team dropped to 0-2 with another three-set (25-21, 25-16, 25-13) loss to the Heat in Kelowna on Saturday.
The Heat had beaten TRU in three sets in Kamloops on Friday.
The WolfPack is at home to the Calgary Dinos on Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m., at the TCC.
Morgan Kolasa had eight kills for TRU, and Brianne Rauch added six. Katie Woo had 12 assists.
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The WolfPack snapped its four-game B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Selkirk Saints at Memorial Arena on Friday.
Tyler Berkholtz scored the game’s first two goals and assisted on one other for TRU (3-4-0), and Duncan Schulz added a goal and two helpers. Silvan Harper and Tyler Jackson also scored for the WolfPack, with Sean Maktaak and Josh MacDonald each picking up two assists. Mark Menicucci stopped 28 shots.
Chris Hurry made 37 saves for Selkirk, whose goals came from Logan Proulx and Colin Minardi.
The WolfPack is scheduled to play host to Victoria on Friday, 8:30 p.m., at Memorial Arena.
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The WolfPack cross-country running team will be sending 12 athletes, six of them men, to nationals at Humber College in Toronto in November.
Faryn Brown, Alesha Miller, Rolena Debruyn, Melissa Ryeo, Christa Miller and Tiffany Adams will compete for the women, while Ryan Pidhirniak, Connor McKay, Mark Carolan, Conlan Sprickerhoff, Tanner Gainer and Sunny Dulay will compete for the men.
The selections were made by head coach Jack Miller following this weekend’s Pacific Western conference provincial championships in Abbotsford.
Alesha Miller finished fifth in her provincial race, in a time of 25 minutes 10.35 seconds. Carolan finished seventh in 28:15.31. The two were the only WolfPack runners to finish in the top 10.
Pidirniak did not finish the race on the weekend and McKay and Sprickerhoff finished 11th and 14th, respectively.