WolfPack Bites – Sept. 16, 2013

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

Oriol Torres’ four goals in the opening weekend of WolfPack men’s soccer action netted him player of the week honours in the Pacific Western Athletic Association.

Oriol Torres. Image courtesy WolfPack Athletics

Oriol Torres. Image courtesy WolfPack Athletics

Torres, a third-year forward from Barcelona, Spain, was held out of Sunday’s 2-0 victory over the Kwantlen Polytechnic Eagles on the weekend, as were Corey Wallis and Darren Dinsdale. Co-head coach John Antulov told The Omega in an email Monday “hopefully all will be available for this weekend.”

On Saturday the WolfPack played to a 3-3 draw against the Douglas College Royals. Justin Wallace had two goals and an assist, with Mike Harvey deflecting in Wallace’s pass for the tying goal in stoppage time.

Sunday’s victory was a physical match in which the WolfPack landed itself five yellow cards. Justin Wallace and Jason Staiger had the goals en route to the ‘Pack’s third victory of the season.

The WolfPack is currently in first place and will return to Hillside Stadium Oct. 5, when it will play the UBC-Okanagan Heat.

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Alanna Bekkering was named the player of the week for the Pacific Western Athletic Association on Wednesday, an award which came on the heels of the women’s soccer team’s back-to-back wins on the weekend of Sept. 7.

Bekkering made a case for a second consecutive award in Week 2 action, with two goals in a 4-2 victory against Douglas College on Saturday and another deuce against the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles in a 2-1 victory on Sunday.

The WolfPack is currently in first place and will return to Hillside Stadium Oct. 5, when it will play the UBC-Okanagan Heat.

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The WolfPack women’s volleyball team opened up its exhibition schedule on Friday with a five-set loss to Columbia Bible College of the Pacific Western Athletic Association. Columbia, based out of Abbotsford, won the tight match 18-25, 25-13, 12-25, 15-18 and 16-14.

The ‘Pack followed up with a three set loss to Simon Fraser University on Saturday, 25-23, 25-13 and 25-22 and a 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Island University Mariners, 25-16, 18-25, 25-11. The score in the fourth set was unavailable at press time.

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Morgan Kolasa and Brianne Rauch. Image courtesy WolfPack Athletics

The women went winless in the 2012-13 season and will look to improve in 2013-14. The team should benefit from return of two veterans, outside-hitter Brianne Rauch and outside-hitter/middle Morgan Kolasa, both of whom missed the 2012-13 season.

The women open their Canada West Universities Athletic Association season on Oct. 25 against the UBC-Okanagan Heat.

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The WolfPack baseball team is 6-0-3 after a nine-game weekend in Okotoks, Alta.

The ‘Pack played games against the Okotoks Dawgs and the Edmonton Prospects, both split-squad contests.

TRU will be at home this Saturday and Sunday for Alumni Weekend. The team will play two exhibition games against a WolfPack alumni team on Saturday, before closing out the weekend with the annual 100-inning Game fundraiser on Sunday.

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The WolfPack men’s hockey team lost 5-4 on Saturday to the Trinity Western University Spartans in the opening game of its exhibition schedule.

Tyler Berkholtz, Silvan Harper, Alex Smith and Tyler Jackson scored for the WolfPack, with goaltender Mark Memicucci in net for the loss.

The WolfPack will head to Calgary on the weekend to take part in the annual Icebreaker Tournament.

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The WolfPack golf team struggled in Kelowna on the weekend, placing fourth in the women’s event and sixth in the men’s.

Individually, Nic Corno was the top finisher from TRU, shooting rounds of 73 and 75 at the Okanagan Golf Club, en route to a 14th place finish. Brent Pound, who finished tied for second in the season’s first tournament in Nanaimo, was 22nd after back-to-back rounds of 76.

Matt Davis (156), Ryan Skinner (159), Matthew Rittinger (163) and Blake Gozda (164) rounded out the WolfPack squad, which finished with 615 strokes in the team competition.

On the women’s side, Natasha MacKenzie and Britt Riehl finished with 377 strokes in the team competition. MacKenzie finished fourth individually, with scores of 90 and 87. Riehl was 11th after shooting 99 and 101.