WolfPack Bites – Feb. 5

With a five-set win in Regina on Feb. 1, the WolfPack men’s volleyball team has clinched a playoff berth after missing the post season two years in a row.

Currently sitting at 12-8 and in fourth place in the Canada West division, the ‘Pack is poised to make a deep run in the playoffs in the toughest division in the nation.

Four of the top five nationally ranked teams come from the Canada West division, including the WolfPack, who sit in the number five spot in the national rankings. Only McMaster (2) comes from outside the division.

“I am really proud of the guys,” TRU head coach Pat Hennelly told sports information officer Larry Read after clinching. “At this time of year to have our record, we have to be happy. I told them before this match that we can’t panic. We have earned this playoff berth.”

The ‘Pack now return home to host the 9-11 Manitoba Bisons to close out the season Feb. 7 and 8 at the TRU Gym (not the Tournament Capital Centre).

Anica Arduini took home first place in the "B" flight at the 'Pack's season-ending tournament Feb. 1 and 2. Photo TRU Athletics

Anica Arduini took home first place in the “B” flight at the ‘Pack’s season-ending tournament Feb. 1 and 2. Photo TRU Athletics

The WolfPack badminton squad hosted their season ending tournament Feb. 1-2 in the TRU Gym, and finished fourth as a team behind Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic and Vancouver Island University.

Alex Perkin and Ali Hines turned in strong performances in the mixed doubles competition (first place in “B” flight) along with Anica Arduini and Lacey Banman, who finished first and second respectively in the women’s singles “B” flight.

The squad will now practice for a few weeks before heading off to Kwantlen for the provincial championships in Surrey Feb. 26 to March 1.

Despite TRU not having a curling team, four students representing the school took home the 2013-14 Canada West Women’s Curling Championship and will now represent the division at the CIS National Championships being held in Regina March 19 to 23.

The rink, which consists of three members from the 2013 Junior National Championship squad, consists of Corryn Brown, Ashley Nordin, Samantha Fisher and Erin Pincott.

The team went 5-1 in the Canada West tournament held in Edmonton over five days at the end of January.