TRU rallies from deficit to down Cougars in five sets

TRU rallies from deficit to down Cougars in five sets

 KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team won a character match as they kicked off a weekend Canada West homestand.

On Friday (Jan 11), the Pack rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars 3-2 at the Tournament Capital Centre.

The scores were 25-21,18-25,10-25,25-22,15-13.   TRU moves to 7-8 on the year. Mount Royal falls below the .500 mark  also at 7-8.


The WolfPack came out strong in the first set and rolled to a four point victory led by five kills by Kendra Finch (4th year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC).  Carly Davies (3rd year, right side, Terrace, BC) was the top offensive threat for Mount Royal with three kills in 14 atempts.

Mount Royal rebounded in the second and third sets. The second set saw them roll to a 25-18 win. Davies had five kills in 11 swings in the set to move to eight on the night.  TRRU’s Olga Savenchuk (1st year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) led for TRU with four kills in the set giving her seven on the night. She wound up with a match high 16.

The third set was dominated by the Mount Royal middles as they won handily.

In the fourth set, the teams battled throughout. TRU was first to the technical time out after jumping out to a 8-1 lead. A key block by Hayley McNaught gave the Pack a 24-22 lead which led to Thompson Rivers getting the winnng point courtesy of Finch.

In the fifth set,  Thompson Rivers scored the first three points and were up 5-2 before the Cougars made a comeback and took the lead at 7-6 on a service ace from Haley Roe (5th year, outside hitter, Airdrie, AB).  TRU made it to eight first courtesy of a kill from Savenchuk.

Cassidy Kitchen (3rd year, outside hitter, Terrace, BC) led Mount Royal with 13 kills.


TRU                        25   18    10   25   15   ---3

MOUNT ROYAL   21    25    25   22   12   ---2



Olga Sevenchuk 16 kills in 38 chances, 13 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist

Kendra Finch: 15 kills in 60 swings, 2 service aces, 18 digs, 1 block assist

Anastasiya Muzyka : 40 assists, 11 digs, 2 service aces

Katie Ludvig: 15 digs

Hali Drezet: 13 digs

Avery Pottle: 7 kills in 23 chances, 3 service aces, 4 digs.



Cassidy Kitchen: 13 kills in 47 swings, 16 digs, 1 block assist

Carly Davies: 10 kills in 41 opportunities, 6 digs, 5 block assists

Chantal Park: 10 kills in 36 chances, 14 digs, 1 solo block, 3 block assists

Quinn Pelland: 37 assists, 15 digs,

Nicky Zalasky: 9 block assists


TRU: 7-8    MOUNT ROYAL: 7-8

THEY SAID IT (post match quotes): 

Mount Royal Coach Sandra Lamb  (21 st season):

On match:

“I thought we should have had a better outcome than we did. But they (TRU) hung in there and battled and their big player (Savenchuk) decided to show up when they needed her. She won the game for them at the end.  Our serve receive wasn’t very good so we flipped our line up a little bit and tried to get some different looks at them. The problem with our team is that we don’t back to the things that are working. We try and change the world and in the end it didn’t work for us.”


The teams will battle it out again tomorrow (Sat Jan 12) at the Tournament Capital Centre beginning at 5 pm.

Tomorrow’s match will be webcast on www.Canadawesttv beginning with the pregame show at 4:50 pm with