WolfPack men’s volleyball plays in Hawaii

'Pack competed against three NCAA teams in Hawaii over weekend

While TRU isn’t in the NCAA, the ‘Pack men’s volleyball team played matches against NCAA teams in Hawaii last weekend. (TRU Athletics)

The WolfPack men’s volleyball team took part in a three-game exhibition tournament in Hawaii, the team played three games against NCAA programs.

The tournament took place during TRU’s bye week, as the WolfPack team decided to use the week to get some match practice.

Unfortunately, TRU lost all three games in the exhibition tournament.

The ’Pack played the first game against the Academy Union professional team.

They lost the game in three sets, scores were 25-19, 25-21, 25-16.

TRU’s top scorer was third-year outside hitter Joshua Mullaney who had eight kills on sixteen chances.

Fourth-year outside hitter Tim Dobbert had seven kills on sixteen chances, second-year setter Anton Napolitano had twenty-two assists, while Sam Taylor Parks (third-year middle, Kelowna) had one kill in four swings and three service aces.

It was tough contest for the WolfPack as most of the players for the Academy Union team were NCAA division 1 players.

“Played a bit nervous to start,” said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly to TRU athletics. “We struggled with service reception at times. We had some good rallies and played well considering we arrived late last night.”

TRU lost the second game to the Lees McRae College Bobcats of North Carolina, 3 sets to 1, the scores were 33-31, 25-27, 25-23, 25-19.

Fourth-year hitter Tim Edge had fourteen kills in thirty-two swings, four digs and three block assists.

Cole Hanson, (third-year middle, Kelowna) and Charlie Bringloe, (third-year outside hitter, Waterloo) had seven kills, Jakob Hamilton (second-year setter, Calgary) thirty-two assists, one service ace and one dig.

“We lost a tough one today,” said Hennelly. “We missed a lot of series and had trouble with some of the basics. Tim Edge hit well.”

TRU struggled in the final exhibition game, losing to the University of Hawaii Rainbows, who won the game 25-17, 25-16, 25-22, in straight sets.

Thompson Rivers’ top performer was once again Tim Dobbert, (fourth-year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany) with fifteen kills in thirty-five chances and three digs.

Anton Napolitano, (second-year setter, Victoria, Australia) had twenty-four assists, six digs, one block assist and one service ace.

“The guys played great today,” said Hennelly. “We were led offensively by Tim Dobbert and defensively by Isaac Smit and Landon Currie. Sam Taylor Parks was very good at the net as well.”

“The atmosphere in the gym was great with a large crowd and excellent plays. Charlie Bringloe (third-year outside hitter, Waterloo) came in and was very good serving and attacking,” Hennelly added.

Despite the results Hennelly was still very positive about experience.

“Overall, a positive experience and well worth the trip,” concluded Hennelly.

The Men’s WolfPack volleyball team returns to action on Feb. 8 against the Okanagan heat.

The ’Pack are currently ranked 9th in Usports league but are on a six-game winning streak.