KAMLOOPS, BC: The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are into the win column for the first time in the 2019-20 Canada West mens volleyball season.
The WolfPack dumped the University of Alberta Golden Bears 3-1 on Friday night at the Tournament Capital Centre. The scores were 17-25,25-23,25-22,25-22.
The Pack move to 1-4 on the season while Alberta falls to 3-2.
Thompson Rivers was led by Nimo Benne with 14 kills in 29 swings with four digs a solo block and a block assist. Anton Napolitano (4th year, setter, Victoria, AUS) had 35 assists, one service ace, eight digs, a solo block and four block assists.
Alberta’s main threat was Jordan Canham who had 15 kills in 37 attempts with two service aces, four digs and four block assists. Max Elgert (4th year, setter, Athabaska, AB) had 35 assists, nine digs, a solo block and three block assists.
The Golden Bears took the first set thanks in part to a major serving run by Jackson Kennedy. He stepped into serve and Alberta went onto an 8-0 run to lead 11-5. And won the set 25-17. Middle George Hobern (4th year, middle, Sherwood Park, AB) had four kills for the Bears in that opening set while Nimo Benne had four for the WolfPack.
The WolfPack got off to a good start in the second set. Charlie Bringloe helped spur on a mini run with a couple of service aces to give TRU a 13-8 advantage. The Golden Bears battled back and went into the tech time out at 16-15. Mullaney had three kills for the Pack in the second stanza which was won 25-23. Canham had seven kills in a losing cause for Alberta in that set.
Both teams traded points for most of the third set until late when the WolfPack opened a two point advantage thanks in part to a kill from Benne. Beheils was set perfectly by Napolitano for a kill which saw space between two Alberta front line players.
The fourth set saw the WolfPack reach the 24 point mark first but the gutsy Golden Bears staved off set and match point six times before succumbing to Thompson Rivers.