Volleyball swept while basketball sweeps

Women’s volleyball still winless, everyone else getting ready for playoff pushes

Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief Ω

Helped by fourth-year guard Jorri Duxbury's performances at Trinity Western University, the WolfPack women's basketball team is over .500 and making a statement as the playoffs approach. Scott Stewart/TWU sports information

Helped by fourth-year guard Jorri Duxbury’s performances at Trinity Western University, the WolfPack women’s basketball team is over .500 and making a statement as the playoffs approach. Scott Stewart/TWU sports information

With only four matches left in the season, the winless TRU women’s volleyball squad is just looking to see some improvement they can build on this coming off-season.

After another sweep courtesy of the Trinity Western Spartans on Jan. 24 and 25, TRU interim head coach Chad Grimm told TRU Athletics that he can see the attitude changing, and that the team is just trying to raise its intensity level at this point to grind out the year, hoping for a couple of wins against their final opponents – at Regina and back at home versus Manitoba.

“That is the nature of sport,” Grimm told TRU sports information officer Larry Read when asked about how realistic those wins are. “We saw that last night with UBC losing to Mount Royal. That is why you play the game, anything can happen when you give your all.”

The Spartans swept the men’s volleyball team, as well, the difference being that TRU kept it close (only losing by a total of six points over three sets on Saturday) and will be in the post season again this year, where, according to the head coach of the second-ranked team in the country (Trinity), they will be tough to beat.

With a record of 11-7 as of Jan. 26, the ‘Pack is still ranked in the top ten in the country, and with two of the best players in the nation in the lineup (Colin Carson and Brad Gunter), if head coach Pat Hennelly can get the most out of the rest of the team, they are sure to be a threat in the upcoming playoffs.

While the volleyball teams were getting swept at Trinity, the basketball teams were evening the score, in a way.

For the second time this season, the men’s basketball team stepped onto an opponent’s home court and came home with two wins before returning.

Moving to a 9-7 record with the 90-75 (Friday) and 81-74 (Saturday) wins, the ‘Pack sit in third place in Canada West’s Pacific division, poised to go into the playoffs on a high note as they host the Manitoba Bisons (4-12) next weekend and end the season against UBCO, who currently sit in last place in the league with a record of 3-13.

Unfortunately, they also still meet up with top-ranked University of Victoria on Vancouver Island Feb. 7 and 8.

The women’s basketball team moved to a 9-7 record and sit in fourth place in the Pacific division with a sweep of Trinity, as well.

Coming back up the highway with 59-44 (Friday) and 63-51 (Saturday) wins, helped in large part by fourth-year guard Jorri Duxbury’s 11 points on Friday and 22 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday, the team hopes to carry some momentum into their homestand on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 against the 8-8 Wesmen and 3-13 Bisons.

Check tru.ca/athletics for upcoming game times if you want to support the squads as they finish out their seasons.