The most successful TRU WolfPack program since the school entered Canada West/USPORTS has been men’s volleyball. Under the direction of the only head coach they have had since 2005, Pat Hennelly, the team has a national bronze medal (2008) and two Canada West bronze medals (2008, 2009).
This year’s edition of the WolfPack has all the earmarks of being able to return the program to past glory. The core of the team is into their fourth and fifth years.
They are led by outside hitter Tim Dobbert (Aichelberg, Germany). Dobbert was a Canada West second team all-star and was among the leaders in kills and kills per set. The former Brigham Young (NCAA Div I) player is one of three fifth year’s on the WolfPack roster this year.
The others are defensive and serve specialist Isaac Smit (Kelowna, BC) and outside hitter Tim Edge (Langley,BC) .
The WolfPack are strong down the middle with returning starter Sam Taylor Parks (Kelowna, BC) and veterans Kyle Behiels (Edmonton, AB) and Cole Hanson (Kelowna, BC).
Other veterans expected to be solid contributors are outside hitters Charlie Bringloe (Waterloo, ON) and Joshua Mullaney (Calgary, AB), third year setter Anton Napolitano (Victoria, Australia) and second year libero Landon Currie (Vernon, BC), who tried out for Canada’s junior national team this summer.
Hennelly has a strong recruiting class this season: Ryan Adams (6’7”, outside hitter,Sherwood Park, AB-Archbishop Jordan High/Team Alberta/Fog U18), Ryan Hampe (6’6” outside hitter/middle, Prince George, BC-Duchess Park Secondary/Team BC U-18/PGYVA), Sam Elgert (6’1” setter, Athabasca, AB-Strathcona High School/FOG U-18/Team Alberta), and Evan Yakymishen (6’5” middle, Sherwood Park, AB-Bev Facey Community High/FOG U18).
Highlights of the year include a holiday time tournament to be held at the Tournament Capital Centre in December-January.