WolfPack women will open CW playoffs away from home

Kamloops Daily News
February 12, 2013 01:00 AM

The TRU WolfPack won't be playing host to a Canada West women's basketball playoff series.

TRU lost 80-57 to the Fraser Valley Cascades in Abbotsford on Saturday. The Cascades improved to 16-4, while TRU dropped to 15-6.

With one game remaining in the regular season - it will play the host UBC-Okanagan Heat on Saturday - TRU cannot finish among the top two in the Pacific Division, meaning it will start the playoffs on the road on Feb. 22-24.

TRU shot a miserable 29 per cent from the field - including 22 per cent on two-pointers - as Fraser Valley hit on 44 per cent of its shots.

Jen Ju scored 13 points to lead TRU, while Tracy Kocs scored 11. Diane Schuetze added 10 points in the loss.

Sarah Wierks led Fraser Valley with 20 points, and Aieisha Luyken scored 18.

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The WolfPack men overcame a two-point second quarter and beat the host Cascades 63-60 on Saturday.

TRU was down 33-19 at the half and 45-38 heading into the fourth quarter. Zach Usherwood had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Troy Grant went 5-for-6 from three-point land and led the WolfPack with 21 points, while Brett Rouault came off the bench to score 10.

Sam Freeman had 15 points for the Cascades, who got 12 each from Nathan Kendall and Kevon Parchment.
TRU (7-14) won't make the postseason. It will end the season Saturday against the Heat in Kelowna.

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The WolfPack women's volleyball team finished its season with a three-set (25-12, 25-10, 25-18) loss to the Winnipeg Wesmen at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday.

TRU was 0-22, and won only three sets. Carly Nelson had seven kills Saturday.

Ozana Nikolic had 17 kills for Winnipeg, which fininshed 9-13 and missed the playoffs.

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The TRU men's volleyball team finished in a three-way tie for eighth after losing in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 27-25) to the playoff-bound Wesmen at the TCC on Saturday.

The WolfPack was 8-14 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season - it's the first time since TRU joined Canada West in 2005-06 that has happened.

Brad Gunter had 10 kills for the WolfPack, and Nic Balasz hammered nine. Tom Douglas-Powall had 16 kills to lead the Wesmen, who went 11-11 and took the last playoff spot in Canada West.

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Goals were on the menu as TRU had a three-point weekend in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League.

The WolfPack lost 7-6 in a shootout Friday to Simon Fraser at Memorial Arena, then topped Trinity Western 7-0 in Abbotsford on Saturday.

Tyler Jackson, with two, Duncan Schulz, Alessio Tomassetti, Joshua MacDonald and Curtis Tonello scored Friday for the WolfPack, which got 30 saves from Shane Mainprize.

Kale Wild had the lone goal of the shootout for SFU, which got two goals from Nick Sandor, singles from Jono Ceci, Tony Oak, Brenden Silvester and Christopher Hoe, and 32 stops from Graeme Gordon.

Riley Wall made 28 saves in Saturday's shutout, in which Anthony Delong scored four goals and MacDonald had a goal and three assists. Cody Rose and Travis Herlein also scored, and Tonello, Schulz and Jackson each had two assists.

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Baseball season is here for the WolfPack, which is in California for its annual trip to the U.S.

TRU is scheduled to play the UY Academy all-stars in Compton today, and also will hold games in Arizona over the next week.

It is the 10th straight year, the WolfPack has travelled to the states for spring training.

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