WolfPack pushes Bisons to limit

Kamloops Daily News
November 19, 2011 01:00 AM

Daily News Sports Reporter

It took five sets but the University of Manitoba Bisons men's volleyball team finally shook off the host TRU WolfPack on Friday night at the Tournament Capital Centre.

With the teams alternating set victories, the Bisons took the last one 15-8 to maintain their unblemished Canada West record, now 7-0.

The WolfPack, meanwhile, slipped to 1-6.

The teams will go at it again today, 6:45 p.m., at the TCC.

The Bisons won the first and third sets, 25-17 and 26-24, with the WolfPack taking Nos. 2 and 4, 25-22, 25-20.

"It was good volleyball," said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly in a news release. "The guys played good volleyball the whole time. We battled. We had to use a bunch of different guys in the line up. If we had the same intensity it would have been a different result last weekend. But to Manitoba's credit, they were a bit tougher in the fifth set. And they came back in the third set when I thought we had control."

Dane Pischke had 16 kills in 38 chances for the Bisons, along with 12 digs.

TRU got 19 kills in 47 chances from freshman Brad Gunter.

TRU's three other Canada Weset teams also lost. Here's a look at what happened . . .

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The U of Manitoba Bisons won a five-setter - 23-25,23-25,25-17,25-22,15-10 - at the TCC.

That improved Manitoba's Canada West record to 5-2, while the WolfPack fell to 3-4. The teams meet again today, 5 p.m., at the TCC.

Katarina Osadchuk led the WolfPack with 18 kills in 45 chances, while Anne Weiss had 14 kills in 47 chances. Kara Twomey had 49 assists and Sara Pettersson had 33 digs.

Manitoba was led by Crystal Mulder, with 19 kills in 55 chances. Christina Sousa had 50 assists.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The host Victoria Vikes downed the WolfPack, 73-65, as the visitors surrendered 31 third-quarter points.

TRU (2-3) went into the third quarter with a 34-29 lead. The Vikes are 3-2 and will play host to the WolfPack again tonight.

Jen Ju had 19 points for TRU, with Diane Schuetze getting 12 and Kaitlyn Widsten 10.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: The host Victoria Vikes stayed unbeaten this season, but it was close as they pulled out a 77-75 victory over the TRU WolfPack.

The Vikes (5-0) led 33-32 at the half and 56-55 after three quarters. They then outscored the WolfPack (3-2) 21-20 in the fourth quarter.

TRU got a big night out of Justin King, who had 35 points and 13 rebounds. Ryan MacKinnon led UVic with 18 points, while Mike Berg scored 10 points and hauled down eight rebounds.

The teams will play again tonight in Victoria.

MEN'S HOCKEY: The WolfPack (2-3-2) was at home to the U of Victoria (2-4-0) in a B.C. Intercollege Hockey league game last night.

The result of the game, played at Memorial Arena, wasn't available at press time. The same two teams are scheduled to play again tonight at Memorial Arena. Game time is 8 o'clock.

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