TRU WolfPack on six-game winning streak

Courtenay's Brad Gunter leads men's volleyball team closer to post-season play

Kamloops, BC–Look out Canada West! The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team is on a mission.

The WolfPack continued their quest towards a spot in the 2014-15 post season on Saturday with a straight sets victory over the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars. The scores on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre were 25-20, 25-20, 25-11.  TRU has improved to .500 on their six game winning streak (11-11).  The Cougars fell to 9-11.

“Doesn’t matter what the score is or where in the game it is we need to be consistent,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly about what his team’s motivation is right now.

“Pretty happy with the result. Another good weekend.  We won on Senior’s Night which is good as well.  We are still alive which is important going into a bye week. It is building into a huge final weekend of the season in Saskatchewan (Feb. 6-7).”

This match was Senior’s Night where two of the team’s four fifth-year players: Blake Majcher (libero, Brandon, MB) and Casey Knight (outside hitter, Salt Spring Island, BC) were honoured.

The WolfPack were again led by CIS Player of the Year Brad Gunter (fourth year, outside hitter, Courtenay, BC).   Gunter had 14 kills in 33 opportunities with one serving ace, three digs and a solo block.

“Brad looks like he is ready to go,” Hennelly said about his star player and the post season. “This week of rest will be good for all of us. High volume guys like Brad and Casey will appreciate the two days off. We will have three days on and two days off to mimic a playoff series.”

Knight had nine kills in 20 swings with an assist, 10 digs and three block assists.

Graham Stoliker (fourth year, setter, Surrey, BC) had 31 assists, five digs and two block assists.

Richey had 10 digs while Majcher had an assist and five digs.

Mount Royal was led by Tyler Schmidt with 12 kills in 28 swings with two service aces and two digs.   Samuel Brisbane had 16 assists.

– TRU WolfPack