The Thompson Rivers University women’s volleyball team has advanced to the U Sports Canada West semifinals with a sweep of the Grant MacEwan Griffins in quarterfinal play in Edmonton.
TRU travelled to the Alberta capital and defeated the hometown Griffins on Thursday (3-1) and Friday (3-2), sending the WolfPack to the semifinals next weekend against the hometown Trinity Western Spartans in Langley.
In the series-clinching match on Friday in Edmonton, TRU was led by Kendra Finch, with 12 kills and 18 digs, and Anastasia Muzyka, with 34 assists and seven blocks.
Eight of the 14 teams in the Canada West Conference qualified for the playoffs, with TRU finishing fifth with a record of 16-8 and MacEwan finishing fourth with a record of 17-7.
The WolfPack now have a daunting semifinal series against Trinity Western as the Spartans finished first overall in the regular season with a record of 22-2.
Trinity Western swept visiting Manitoba in the quarter-finals, 3-1, 3-0.
During the regular season, the WolfPack and Spartans met for one series, in the season finale at the Tournament Capital Centre two weeks ago. Trinity Western won the match 3-0, 3-1.
The first TRU/TWU playoff semifinal match is set for Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m., followed by Match 2 on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. The third match, if necessary, would be played on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m.