The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack welcomed CIS Player of the Year Brad Gunter back to their lineup on Friday (Nov. 7) night in Brandon.
The fourth-year outside hitter from Courtenay had 14 kills, leading Thompson Rivers to a straight set win over the host Brandon University Bobcats. The scores were 25-22, 25-19, 26-24.
TRU is now 2-and-7 on the year. Brandon suffered their first loss in seven starts.
“This was a huge win, “said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly. “Of course, having Brad back was a bonus.” Gunter dislocated his finger in the first match of the season and missed seven starts. He also added nine digs and a block in his return.
The two teams met again Saturday night, with TRU extending their winning streak to three with a 25-19, 27-25, 19-25, 23-25, 15-13 win over the hometown Bobcats.
The WolfPack improved to 3-and-7 on the year while Brandon fell to 6-and-2.
Thompson Rivers was once again led by Gunter with 25 kills in 45 chances. He also had three service aces, 12 digs, a solo block and five block assists.
“This was a character win tonight,” said Hennelly. “Gunter played great and so did Jordan Foot (2nd year, middle, Prince George). Graham Stoliker (4th year, setter, Surrey) was excellent again.”
Hennelly gave credit to Denham O’Reilly (1st year, setter, Langley) for coming in to serve effectively in the fifth set.
“Overall, a much-needed return to form and a great weekend of volleyball,” Hennelly said.
The WolfPack return home to the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops to host the University of Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 14-15).
– TRU Wolfpack