The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men's volleyball team has clinched a playoff berth in Canada West play.
The WolfPack split their weekend series with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, with TRU winning 3-1 on Friday and Saskatchewan prevailing 3-1 on Saturday night. All games were played in the TRU Gym.
The result left the WolfPack with a 10-10 record, tied with the Huskies and the University of Calgary Dinos. Both Thompson Rivers and Calgary are entering the post-season, with the top eight teams in the 12-squad Canada West qualifying for the playoffs.
On Saturday, Tim Dobbert had 20 kills for TRU, while Dylan Mortenson (with 15) and Colin Fraser (with 10) each had double-digit kills for Saskatchewan.
"Sask played a really clean game. Their game plan was to come in and miss way less serves,” TRU head coach Pat Hennelly said. “Their float serve guys were taking something off and make us play the ball. It took a long time for us to get going.. I have to give the credit to Sask. [Saskatchewan head coach Nathan] Bennett did a great job of preparing his team for the second night and they made way less errors than we did.”
Thompson Rivers will wrap up the regular season next weekend when it travels to Kelowna to play the UBC Okanagan Heat, a club that is winless this season, at 0-20.
The WolfPack men will be on the road in the playoffs, likely against Alberta in Edmonton, Mount Royal in Calgary or Trinity Western in Langley.
Meanwhile, the WolfPack women's volleyball team closed out the home portion of its regular season on Saturday evening with a 3-1 loss to Saskatchewan at the TRU Gym. Saskatchewan was led offensively by Emily Koshinsky with 21 kills. Olga Savenchuk had 19 kills for the WolfPack. The team split their weekend series as the Pack won 3-1 on Friday night.
The victory was a big one for the Huskies, who are still mathematically in the playoff picture, at 9-13.With the loss, TRU is at 11-11, which leaves the WolfPack tied with Manitoba and Edmonton’s MacEwan for sixth in the 13-team Canada West conference.
The top eight teams make the playoffs, with the top four finishers hosting a best-of-three opening round series.
The WolfPack women will finish the regular season next weekend in Kelowna against the UBC Okanagan Heat, which sits last in the 13-team Canada West with a 2-20 record. TRU can clinch a playoff spot with just one win. The WolfPack will be on the road if they make the playoffs, like at Regina, Calgary, Alberta or Trinity Western in Langley.