WolfPack recruiting updates

Women’s volleyball

Kara Twomey makes her return to WolfPack volleyball after two years off, bringing much needed experience to the team, as they try to improve on a dismal 0-22 season. Image courtesy TRU Athletics

Kara Twomey makes her return to WolfPack volleyball after two years off, bringing much needed experience to the team, as they try to improve on a dismal 0-22 season. Image courtesy TRU Athletics

Kara Twomey is back!

After two years off, the WolfPack is happy to welcome back the Winnipeg, Man. setter, who played for the squad from 2010 to 2012.

Her experience and talent will be a welcome addition to the team as they try to put their dismal 0-22 season a year ago behind them.

“I found myself watching the webcast of the team quite often and that kind of showed me that I hadn’t quite moved past that stage in my life yet,” Twomey told TRU Athletics communications about missing the game.

“I definitely needed to take the time off when I did but now that I have had a break I am eager to get back into it. And I think I am more mentally prepared that I was before.”

Twomey is rejoining the squad alongside fellow Manitoba product Tyneille Neufeld, a 5’9” outside hitter from Portage La Praire.

“I chose TRU because it’s been my dream to come to B.C. to go to school,” Neufeld told Larry Read of TRU Athletics. “Kamloops is a beautiful and amazing location.”

She can play some volleyball, too. She won the U-18 Manitoba Beach Volleyball Championship in 2013 with her partner Talia Paetsch and went on to finish ninth at the national championships.

Men’s volleyball

Sa-Hali Secondary school, right here in Kamloops, has produced the first local product to wear a TRU men’s volleyball uniform in almost five years.

Matt Lofgren, a 6’2” left side, comes to the ‘Pack after spending the past three years with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technolgy Trojans and the Lethbridge College Kodiacs of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference, but is looking forward to coming back to Kamloops to play and attend school in his hometown.

“I have grown up idolizing the players that have come through the program and now I have the opportunity to be a part of it. I felt this was something I couldn’t pass up,” he told Athletics.

He also has some experience with both players and coaches already in place with the ‘Pack.

During the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, held here in Kamloops, Lofgren played alongside current WolfPack players Brad Gunter, Nick Balazas and Graham Stoliker, and was coached by TRU head coach Pat Hennelly at various points in his youth, in both volleyball clinics and with club teams here in Kamloops during high school.

Check out the list of recruits the WolfPack men’s basketball team have signed this offseason at tru.ca/athletics, because there are a ton of them.

Hockey

WolfPack hockey have signed their third ex-WHL player of the last five years in forward Ryan Hanes, who spent time with both the Kamloops Blazers and Prince George Cougars of the WHL.

“It’s not every day that one signs a player with a resume like Ryan’s,” head coach Don Schulz said to Larry Read. “He is a proven player at the Major Junior level and was better than a point per game in his short stint as a Jr. A player.”

The ‘Pack is hoping he can regain that scoring spark and help them finish better than their fourth place finish of last year.

Women’s soccer

South Sa-Hali Secondary graduate Sarah Seebach is coming home to Kamloops after two years of CIS experience as a member of the Carleton University Ravens in Ottawa.

With the departure of PACWEST all-star Laura Smilie, who elected not to return to the team for her fifth year of eligibility, and the transfer of Megan Baird to the University of the Fraser Valley, it’s likely Seebach will slide straight into the lineup and take on a leadership role almost immediately.

Seebach will be joining the first CIS WolfPack squad along with outside defender Christine Fergin from Waterloo, Ont.

Coming out of the Ontario Youth Soccer league, which contains the top 12 teams in the province, and is also expected to immediately contribute, especially on defence.

Keep up to date with all the WolfPack teams’ recruiting efforts by checking back at tru.ca/athletics frequently. We’ll update you here in The Omega, as well.