KAMLOOPS, BC - Kory White broke her own Pandas program record with 33 kills, leading the Pandas to a thrilling five set win (25-18,25-18,23-25,21-25,16-14) over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Friday night.
The Pandas took a 2-0 set lead, before Thompson Rivers stormed back and levelled the match at two sets each. The WolfPack took a 14-10 lead in the fifth, but couldn't capitalize on any of their four match points, with Alberta winning six-straight points and the match.
It was the first loss of the regular season for the WolfPack who fall to 4-1 while Alberta moves to 2-3.
White finished with 33 kills on 76 attempts with three service aces, 12 digs, and two block assists. Julia Zonneveld had 15 kills on 43 chances with 19 digs and five block assists for Alberta who had 52 assists from Elyse Hart. She added 10 digs and two block assists to go with two service aces.
TRU was led by Olga Savenchuk (2nd year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine). She had 16 kills in 38 swings with 20 digs, a service ace and a block assist.
Of the two teams, it was the Pandas who looked more locked into their game as they quickly took a two set to nothing lead. White had 10 kills after those two sets while Savenchuk led the Pack offensive with six kills.
The Pack got on track in the third set as they withstood a nine kill set from White by getting two kills a piece from Avery Pottle and Kseniya Kocyigit.
Thompson Rivers won the fourth set when head coach Chad Grimm brought in Morgan Rigelhof and she got the 24th point on a kill and then went to the line and served an ace to win the set. That stanza also saw Kendra Finch break out of a mini slump with five kills.
In the fifth set, the Pack took a 10-7 lead and led 14-12 at one point before Alberta notched two straight double blocks to tie things up. They then got a solo block from Julia Zonneveld before setter Elyse Hart notched a service ace to win the match.