TRU wrap, Jan. 21 to Jan. 23
•Another Friday night Memorial Arena tilt led to another victory for the TRU WolfPack men's hockey team.
The Pack crushed the Selkirk College Saints 12-2 on Friday, Jan. 21.
Tallying for the Pack were Casey Patterson, Darcy Huisman, David Gore (2), Lucas Doaust, Andrew Fisher (2) Cody Rose Taylor Stuart, Zac Rasmussen (2) and Tyler Halliday.
Riley Wall earned the win between the pipes for the Pack, who host the Trinity Western Spartans on Friday, Jan. 28, at Memorial Arena at 8:30 p.m.
TRU sit atop the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings with 24 points, one point up on Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Okanagan College.
The Pack have one game in hand on SFU and two games in hand on Okanagan.
•Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women's volleyball head coach Keith Lundgren tasted victory for the first time in his tenure in Kamloops on the weekend.
The Pack earned their first two wins of the season, beating the Huskies in four sets (26-24, 25-27, 25-17, 25-2)1 on Friday, Jan. 21, and followed that victory with another four-set triumph (25-12, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20) on Saturday, Jan. 22.
On Friday, the the Pack were led by Amanda Frayne, a fourth-year outside hitter from Kamloops, who had 14 kills on 50 attempts and 14 digs.
In Saturday's win, TRU was led by team captain Kelly Asleson, a fourth-year outside hitter from Richmond, who had 16 kills in 29 attempts with a game-high 12 digs, two blocks and five block assists.
“We had just been working hard,” WolfPack head coach Keith Lundgren said following his first Canadian Interuniversity Sports sweep.
“We had played some very good teams the first semester. It was nice because we could work hard and see what level we are at. Every team in the Canada West is very strong and we knew that this semester we would have some opportunities to win a few matches. We executed very well this weekend.”
TRU (2-10) play the Dinos in Calgary on Friday, Jan. 28.
•Back-to-back three-set victories over the Saskatchewan Huskies at the Tournament Capital Centre on the weekend have the TRU WolfPack men's volleyball team poised to clinch a berth in the Canada West playoffs.
TRU (5-7) topped the Huskies 26-24, 25-22, 25-19 on Friday, Jan. 21, and followed that win with a 28-26, 25-16, 25-22 sweep on Saturday, Jan. 22.
On Friday, the Pack win was a true team effort.
It wasn’t great volleyball, but we have to find a way to compete," Pack head coach Pat Hennelly said.
"Defensively, Colin Carson did that for us. I thought Jesse (Bazergui) had some great serving runs for us. And, obviously, Casey Knight made some great shots and had some key serves. He made a couple of nice blocks for us.”
The win on Saturday saw Knight rack up 17 kills in 31 attempts, while tallying seven digs and one block assist.
TRU is in Calgary to take on the defending Canadian Interuniversity Sports volleyball champion Dinos.
The Pack return home to entertain the Winnipeg Wesmen on Feb. 4 at 2:45 p.m. at the Tournament Capital Centre.
•The Thompson Rivers University women's basketball squad lost two straight to the Huskies in Saskatchewan on the weekend.
On Saturday, Jan. 22, the Pack lost 86-64. That loss coming one night after a 78-60 defeat on Friday, Jan. 21.
“We gave the ball away too many times,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves of Friday's loss.
“Saskatchewan didn’t shoot the ball well in the first half and that kept us in it. We lose our legs in the third and they hit some key shots. Good teams find ways to score and Saskatchewan did that.”
The Pack return home to entertain the University of Calgary Dinos on Friday, Jan. 28, at the Tournament Capital Center. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
TRU's recored Canada West record stands at 7-11. The Huskies boast an impressive 13-2 record.
•The brooms were out in Saskatchewan, where the Huskies swept the Thompson Rivers University men's basketball squad on the weekend.
On Saturday, Jan. 22, the Huskies topped the Pack 118-78.
“We didn’t do a good job on the defensive transition,” WolfPack head coach Scott Clark said after the loss.
The Pack (3-15) were led by fifth-year post Greg Stewart, who netted 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
TRU lost 101-76 on Friday, Jan. 21.
The Pack host the Calgary Dinos on Friday, Jan. 28, at the Tournament Capital Centre.
That tilt is scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m.