KAMLOOPS, BC: The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack hit a bump in the road as they opened up the second half of their Canada West men's volleyball season.
The Pack lost in straight sets to the Mount Royal University Cougars. The scores were 25-22,25-18, 25-20.
TRU falls to 7-4 on the year while Mount Royal moves to 10-3. Both of the squads are ranked in the U SPORTS top 10 rankings: TRU entered the week ninth with Mount Royal 5 th.
The Cougars were led by Trent Mounter(4th year, outside hitter, Perth, AUS) with 10 kills. TRU had 14 kills off the arm of Tim Dobbert (5th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany).
The WolfPack got down early in the first set and the Cougars were the first to the technical timeout leading 16-11. Service errors was the theme for TRU in the first set as they committed 12 to Mount Royal's three. That cost the Pack as they dropped the opening stanza 25-22. Tyler Schmidt leading the offense for the Cougars with 3 kills in six attempts.
In the second set, the Cougars did a great job of distributing and digging the ball and won the battle by seven points (25-18). Luis Lange (1st year, middle, Calgary, AB) had six kills in seven chances to pace Mount Royal while Trent Mounter ( 4th year, outside hitter, Perth AUS) added four kills in 10 opportunities.
Down 12-6 in the third set, Mount Royal rallied to score four in a row and then basically traded points with TRU the rest of the way.
THEY SAID IT (Post Match Quotes):
Mount Royal head coach Shawn Sky (15th season):
On the victory:
"Any win in our conference is a good win. Coming off the break it is just like an opening weekend. Our guys were rusty so it was a good one. We were just cleaner than TRU. We managed our errors better."
The WolfPack and Cougars will battle it out again at the Tournament Capital Centre tomorrow. The match has a 6:45 pm start time and will be webcast on Canada West television. It is a pay-per-view service.