WolfPack garners first Canada West win over Griffins

Outside hitter Brad Gunter of Courtenay has eight kills and seven digs

Edmonton, AB—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team have taken their first ever Canada West match against the MacEwan University Griffins.

Playing Saturday (Jan. 10) in Edmonton, the ‘Pack downed the Griffins 3-0.  The scores were 25-16, 25-15, 25-18.  Thompson Rivers is now 6-11 in league play as they begin a quest for a playoff position.  The Griffins are winless in 16 starts.

TRU was led by Casey Knight (fifth year, outside hitter, Salt Spring Island).  He had 13 kills in 15 chances with three digs and a block assist. CIS Player of the Year Brad Gunter (fourth year, outside hitter, Courtenay) had eight kills in 24 chances with seven digs, a solo block and two block assists.

Said WolfPack coach Pat Hennelly: “We had a solid effort from everyone who hit the floor tonight. Casey Knight continues his offensive production and was solid blocking as well. Stuart Richey and Graham Stoliker both provided stable ball control and leadership. We set the tone early with some good defence and passed the ball well all match. It is a continuation of the solid play we showed at our tournament. “

The two teams will go again Sunday (Jan 11) starting at 2 pm MDT.

The WolfPack will return home to prepare for a home-and-home series with the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.  The two teams will play Thursday (Jan. 15) in Kelowna before returning to the Tournament Capital Centre and the Warner Rentals Court on Saturday (Jan. 17).

Both matches will be televised on CanadaWest.TV.


As part of a continued effort as the leader of CIS webcasting, viewers are required to fill out a short survey upon logging on to CanadaWest.TV.  The quick three-question survey will aid the conference in identifying the demographic of CanadaWest.TV viewers to further tailor-fit the experience to their needs and will only have to be filled out when a unique IP address logs on the video-streaming site for the first time this season.

– TRU WolfPack



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