This should be the “coming of age” year for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball program.
After transitioning following the graduation of Brad Gunter and having head coach Pat Hennelly on a one year sabbatical, the core of the WolfPack have moved into the ‘mature’ status as they go into their third or fourth years.
Hennelly is back and has bolstered his line up with two veterans. German native Tim Dobbart joins the program after spending the last two seasons with NCAA Division I powerhouse Brigham Young University. Former University of Regina Cougar setter Alex Cassels (East St. Paul, MB) has decided to finish his university eligibility out after attending the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC (PACWEST) the last two years. He will be reunited with former club and Team Manitoba teammate Randy Grundmann (Winnipeg, MB).
Cassels, Grundmann and middle Jordan Foot (Prince George, BC) are the ‘Pack’s fifth year players this year.
USport Academic All Canadians Cole Keddie (4th year, Edmonton, AB) , Kyle Behiels (3rd year,Edmonton, AB) and Tim Edge (4th year, Langley, BC) have returned. Keddie has been an “Academic All Canadian” every year he has been at TRU.
They along with middle Sam Taylor Parks (3rd year, Kelowna, BC) and outside Charlie Bringloe (3rd year, Waterloo, ON) are the other core members of the WolfPack.
One player who came into his own in the second half of the season was Australian import Anton Napolitano (2nd year, outside hitter, Victoria, AUS). Joshua Mullaney (3rd year, Calgary, AB), Cole Hanson (2nd year, middle, Kelowna, BC) Isaac Smit (4th year, Kelowna, BC) and Keel Haldane (2nd year, Terrace,BC) provide insurance off the bench.
The WolfPack’s key high school recruit was libero Landon Currie of Vernon, BC.
Men’s volleyball kicks off their regular season on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday October 20th. A highlight of the season will be an exhibition tour in Hawaii in February, 2018.