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WVB | Wolfpack jump it up a notch in knocking off Wesmen

Kalena Schulz dives to dig up a ball during women's volleyball action against the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Kalena Schulz dives to dig up a ball during women's volleyball action against the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen got an up-close look at what happens when the wolf sheds the sheep's clothing.

The Thompson Rivers Wolfpack notched 11 aces and 11 blocks and bounced back from a defeat a night earlier in scoring a 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-15) Canada West women's volleyball victory Saturday night at the Duckworth Centre. 

One night after being swept for the first time this conference season, the No. 8-ranked Wolfpack looked the part of a top-10 team, with Olga Savenchuk notching 14 kills against just two errors, plus 10 digs, in improving to 10-4 on the season.

"I think we actually played better than the score might have indicated tonight," Wesmen interim head coach Phil Hudson said. "They were just that much better tonight. They were good in all facets of the game. They served bullets and put us out of system and then they made very few hitting errors. They were just way, way better tonight. 

"I thought we did a lot of good things tonight, too, and we just played against a very good team at the top of their game."

Rylie Dickson had 36 assists to pull her into a tie for the Wesmen Canada West career record. Her 2,376 assists ties her with Christa Desrochers (2002-06) for the most in Wesmen history since they joined the Canada West conference. 

Emma Parker led the way for Winnipeg (6-8) with 13 kills, while Kalena Schulz had her second straight double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Madison Fyvie had a team-high 16 digs.

The Wesmen hit .109 while TRU hit .240.

Still, the Wesmen had to see the bright side in taking a split off a team that had not been swept prior to coming to Winnipeg. 

"A very good team played their best game and now we know what it's like," Hudson said. "... Tonight that team played very high level, which gave us an idea of what we need to continue to work on. Yeah, we won a match against a very good team and that's a positive thing, and now we're going to get back to work."

Kendra Finch added 10 kills and 16 digs for the Wolfpack. 

Whereas the Wolfpack looked out of sorts and downright meek on Friday night, Saturday was a different story.

"I don't think anyone was satisfied with their performance yesterday," TRU head coach Chad Grimm said. "Olga, who didn't have a good match yesterday, she was all business at (morning) serve-and-pass ... and she said 'I'll be better tonight, Coach.' And she was. I think that's what you get when you have experienced players that know how to win and know what it takes to prepare to win and it was nice that that showed up tonight."

—#REPTHEW—