TRU WolfPack dominate deciding set to secure weekend sweep of Mount Royal Cougars

The Mount Royal Cougars grasped victory in their claws, but the TRU WolfPack ripped it away at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday.

Mount Royal led the best-of-five Canada West women’s volleyball clash 2-1 — the Pack were listless in a 25-13 defeat in the third set — and bolted out to a sizeable lead in set No. 4.

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But momentum is a funny thing. It switched in a heartbeat.

Outside hitter Olga Savenchuk did her usual thing — kill balls.

Setter Anastasiya Muzyka and middle Avery Pottle worked in unison to provide offence on quick-set spikes.

Kendra Finch was the emotional heartbeat, rallying her team after shoddy points and sharing a few vigorous conversations with officials.

She also racked up 16 points, second-most among the Pack.

Elizabeth Reimer’s cheeky tip secured a 25-23 fourth-set victory for the WolfPack.

The Cougars, who showed their teeth for most of the match, morphed into house cats in the fifth-and-deciding set, their will seemingly broken by fourth-set failure.

TRU won 15-9 to earn a 3-2 victory in the match and sweep the two-tilt weekend series at the TCC. The WolfPack also won in five sets on Friday.

“I thought tonight would be a little bit smoother from both teams,” WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm said. “It was basically a carbon copy from yesterday, but we found a way to grind it out.”

Savenchuk had a match-high 25 points and finished the weekend with 37 kills in 10 sets. She was named the Canada West women’s second star of the week for the period ending Jan. 12.

Cassidy Kitchen, who was heavily recruited by TRU, led Mount Royal with 20.5 points.

The WolfPack leapfrogged the Cougars in conference standings, improving to 8-8 while Mount Royal dropped to 7-9.

TRU is tied for fifth in Canada West ahead of a pair of matches against the Trinity Western Spartans in Langley next weekend.

Trinity leads the league with a perfect 14-0 record.

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