Cougars pounce on ‘Pack in men’s volleyball action

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

The WolfPack men’s volleyball team learned a hard lesson Feb. 2 at the Tournament Capital Centre — losing six of your last seven matches is not a recipe for making the playoffs.

The WolfPack fell 3-1 to the Mount Royal Cougars, losing the first two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-17. The third set win by a score of 25-23 was followed by a 25-16 loss in the fourth.

“We started the first two sets with little life,” said head coach Pat Hennelly in an athletics press release. “They got off to big leads and we continued our quiet play. It’s disappointing. I wondered what happened in the first two sets. It’s as quiet as we have been at home. This has been a very up-and-down second half of the year.”

Most of the players will return for the WolfPack next season, so the team will have another crack at the playoffs. Hennelly emphasized the importance of learning from experiences like this one.

“Our guys look around for someone to make the next play, it’s something we have to work through,” Hennelly told athletics. “I told the guys that experience only counts if you make an adjustment. There’s no point in experiencing playing these tough matches when we are not adjusting to it. That’s what was nice about the third set tonight, it was the appropriate response
after being down 2-0, we had a little energy and life. We know we can play some good volleyball.”

The WolfPack will host the University of Winnipeg next weekend, a team still fighting for its playoff lives. Winning the season’s last two games and playing spoiler to another team’s playoff hopes would be the ideal way for the team to wrap things up.