TRU weekend (Jan. 28 to Jan. 30) wrap
• The Calgary Dinos brought the The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women's volleyball squad back to earth on the weekend.
On Friday, Jan. 28, the Pack (2-12), which won its first two games of the season last weekend, lost in straight sets (25-19,25-14-25-16) to the Dinos in Calgary.
“We had a tough time tonight,” WolfPack head coach Keith Lundgren said.
“They outplayed us. We were unable to get anything going on defence.”
Fourth-year outside hitter Kelly Asleson led the Pack with eight kills in 20 attempts.
TRU made it a little tougher on Calgary on Saturday, Jan. 29, but lost to the Dinos in four sets (25-19, 28-30, 36-24, 28-26).
“We told the team afterwards that if we can keep getting close, winning will take care of itself," Lundgren said.
"I am very proud fo the fight and discipline tonight.”
The losses officially eliminate the Pack from Canada West playoff contention.
TRU hosts the Winnipeg Wesmen at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m.
• TRU men's basketball squad splits with Calgary
The TRU men's basketball squad split a weekend series with the visiting Calgary Dinos at the Tournament Capital Centre.
On Friday, Jan. 28, the Pack (4-16) cruised to an 80-67 victory over the Dinos (6-12).
"I thought the key was that we did a pretty good job of getting a couple of stops and cutting them down to one shot," Pack head coach Scott Clark said.
"We also did a pretty good job on the glass.”
Fourth-year forward Chas Kok wound up with a team-high 18 points and added eight rebounds for TRU.
On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Dinos bounced back and earned an 82-68 win over the Pack.
TRU hosts the Victoria Vikes (13-7) at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Tournament Capital Centre.
•TRU basketball women swept
The TRU WolfPack women's basketball squad suffered a serious blow to its playoff hopes on the weekend, losing twice to the Calgary Dinos at the Tournament Capital Centre.
On Friday, Jan. 28, the Dinos (8-10) dribbled to a 72-62 victory over the Pack (7-13).
Guard Kaitlyn Widsten led the way for TRU, netting 17 points.
“She played great defence,” Pack head coach Scott Reeves said.
“She got to four rebounds at critical times and guarded one of their better players. She was perfect from the free throw line. She had a great game.”
Widsten went down with a knee injury late in Saturday's (Jan. 29) game against the Dinos. She was taken to Royal Inland Hospital after the game.
The Pack lost that tilt 72-64.
TRU sit ninth in the Canada West standings, one spot behind Calgary, which holds the last playoff spot.
Calgary has two games in hand on the Pack, which hosts the Victoria Vikes at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m.
•Pack hockey squad continues to roll
The TRU WolfPack men's hockey squad remains on top of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings after posting a win and a tie on the weekend.
On Friday, Jan. 28, the Pack (13-2-1) edged the Trinity Western Titans 5-4 at Memorial Arena.
David Gore and Andrew Fisher each scored a pair of goals in the win and Darcy Huisman added a single in support of winning netminder Riley Wall.
TRU tied Simon Fraser 3-3 in Burnaby on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Fisher, Leonard and Cody Lockwood had the goals for the Pack in that tilt.
Richard Virtanen made 23 saves in TRU's goal.
The Pack will play host to Victoria on Feb. 11.
•Dinos class of Canada West
The Calgary Dinos' men's volleyball team showed why its the class of the Canada West on the weekend, sweeping the TRU WolfPack men's volleyball squad on back-to-back nights.
Calgary (14-0) earned a straight-sets victory (26-24, 26-24, 25-23) over TRU (5-9) on Friday, Jan. 28, in Cowtown.
“We were in the match and played good volleyball for stretches,” Pack head coach Pat Hennelly said. “But, we still make errors at inappropriate moments. I hope we can be sharper as a group tomorrow.”
The Pack might have played better on Saturday, Jan. 29, but the result was still the same — a three-set loss (25-23, 25-17, 25-15) to the Dinos.
TRU closes out the season with four matches at home, facing Winnipeg and UBC on consecutive weekends.
The Wesmen are in Kamloops for afternoon tilts on Friday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 5, respectively (February 4 and 5).
Match time at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday is scheduled for 2:45 pm.
TRU can clinch a Canada West playoff spot with a sweep of the Wesmen.