Brad Gunter back with WolfPack

Kamloops university men's volleyball team eyes return to Canada West playoffs

Courtenay’s Brad Gunter and the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will open their 2013-14 Canada West men’s volleyball season against their closest geographical rival.

The ‘Pack will be playing a home-and-home weekend series with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Oct.  25-26. The Heat and WolfPack women will be squaring off Friday, Oct. 25 at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops while the men’s squads will do the same in Kelowna.

The teams will switch venues for the following night (Oct. 26).  Game time for both the women’s and the men’s home openers will be 7 p.m.

The WolfPack are hoping to make it back into the playoffs in both the men’s and women’s leagues this coming season.  Thompson Rivers, under the direction of Pat Hennelly, was in the playoff hunt in Canada West men’s volleyball until the final weeks of the season in 2012-13.  They finished tied for eighth with a record of 8-14.  The WolfPack women’s program went through a major restructuring and failed to register in the win column in 22 starts.

Both teams return a number of players.

The WolfPack men will be led by three fifth-year players –middle Jacob Tricarico (Huntington Beach, CA),  setter Colin Carson and libero Spencer Reed  (both Prince George, B.C.).

Returnees expected to be big contributors in 2013-14 include former Vanier Towhee Gunter who is spending the summer with Canada’s Junior National men’s team and Phil Ozari (Birkerod, Denmark), who is representing Denmark at the World U-20 championships.

New recruits include Jordan Foot (Prince George, B.C.) and Tyler Pometarz (Kelowna, B.C.) who are both playing with Team BC U-17 squad this summer.

The Thompson Rivers women’s program will be bolstered by the return of Morgan Kolasa (Calgary, AB) and Brianne Rauch (Kimberly, B.C).  Both missed the entire 2012-13 Canada West season with injuries.

Katarina Osadchuk (Brisbane, AUS) will return for her fourth season of CIS competition. She is currently playing for the Australian senior women’s volleyball team.

Coach Keith Lundgren has brought in libero Gabby Fortin (Coquitlam, B.C. ) and middle Kaitlin Lomas (Ponoka, AB).

Schools paying a visit to the Tournament Capital Centre this year aside from UBCO will be Calgary, Saskatchewan, Brandon, Trinity Western and Manitoba.

 

– Thompson Rivers University WolfPack

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

MARS hoping to build fawn complex for rehab

Their goal is to raise $20,000 in a relatively short period of time.

Aspen Park in Comox is the latest school reporting a COVID-19 exposure. Screenshot, Google Maps
Fifth Comox Valley school reports COVID-19 exposure

Exposure at Aspen Park in Comox was reported for Feb. 22

Cumberland Brewery is looking to expand its patio space temporarily for the summer. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland Brewery looks for temporary patio expansion

Move would allow business to spread customers outside in summer months

School District 71’s final budget for this school year showed more revenue from distance learning students but less from traditional classroom registration. Record file photo
Comox Valley Schools’ budget grant almost $5.5 million higher than planned

Increase came from a boost in distributed learning rather traditional registration

A&W on Ryan Road confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at their restaurant and temporarily shut its doors. Google Maps photo
Courtenay restaurant temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

It’s the latest business in the Valley to be affected by the virus

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Ferries experienced heavy traffic on Feb. 27 following cancellations the day before due to strong winds and adverse weather. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries sailings fill up quickly after Friday cancellations due to high winds

Waits expected on Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen route, Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Kara Sorensen, diagnosed with lung cancer in July, says it’s important for people to view her as healthy and vibrant, rather than sick. (Photo courtesy of Karen Sorensen)
B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer

Fundraising page launched on Karen Sorensen’s behalf, with a goal of $250,000

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

Most Read