TRU – Rookie Kopec with “All-Star Performance” in Five Set Loss in “Toon Town”

For the second straight night, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPadk and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies went to five sets in Canada West men’s volleyball.  Unlike Friday (Nov 29) where the WolfPack came out on top, on this day: it was the Huskies who won.

Saskatchewan rallied from a 2 set deficit to beat the WolfPack.  The scores of this 3-2 match were 20-25, 19-25,25-21,27-25,15-9.  The victory squares Saskatchewan’s record at 6-6 while the WolfPack fall to 2-8.

“Another great match,’ said Thomson Rivers head coach Pat Hennelly. ” Brody Kopec (1st year, outside hitter, Red Deer, AB) came in for Nimo Benne (1st year, outside hitter, Netherlands) who sprained his ankle last night. Brody had an all-star performance attacking, blocking and serving. We played a hard fought battle and had a chance to win the match in the fourth set.  Credit to Sask for playing down two sets and battling. They were the better team in the fifth set.”

Kopec led the Pack with 22 kills, nine digs, two blocks and an a service ace. Charlie Bringloe (5th year, outside hitter, Waterloo, ON) had 14 kills and nine digs.  Joshua Mullaney (4th year, outside hitter, Calgary, AB) had 10 kills, nine digs and three blocks.  Anton Napolitano (4th year, setter, Victoria, AUS) had 33 assists while Sam Elgart (2nd year, setter, Athabasca, AB) had 16.

Saskatchewan was led by Dylan Mortensen with 22 kills and three assists. Daulton Sinoski had 17 kills and 10 digs.  CJ Gavlas had 42 assists, five blocks and 11 digs.

Both teams take time off for exams and Christmas. The WolfPack will return to Canada West play on the road when the league resumes January 3, 2020.  They will be in Winnipeg to meet the Wesmen. Their next home match isn’t until Friday, January 10, 2020 when the University of Manitoba Bisons invade the Tournament Capital Centre.  Game time will be 5 PM PDT.
All those matches will be webcast on a pay-per-view basis on Canada West TV presented by Co-op by accessing:

[SOURCE: Thompson Rivers University]