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If there is a WolfPack program which has improved over the past four or five years, it has been the TRU women’s volleyball team. Since Chad Grimm moved from his assistant coaching role with the ‘Pack men’s team to directing the women’s squad, the team’s performance on and off the court has gone steadily upward.
Grimm and assistant coaches Nathan Bennett, Robyn Bennett and Behlul Yavasgel have created a positive learning environment where the successes have been measured both as a team and individually.
Despite losing some key components from last year, Grimm believes that his returning players, augmented by his rookie signings will not result in a ‘step back’ in development.
For the second straight season, TRU had a player on the Canada West all-rookie team. Anastasiya Muzkyka (Poltawa, Ukraine) was named the setter on that squad. Muzyka and now third year setter Abby Spratt (Calgary, AB) provide one of the best ‘1-2’ setting tandems in Canadian University women’s volleyball.
Yevgeniya “Jane” Nyukhalova (Severodontak, Ukraine) was among the leaders in kills and kills per set in her first Canada West campaign. She is expected to improve her offensive totals this year. Mikayla Funk (South Surrey, BC) continues to improve at the other outside hitter position which creates a diverse offense for the WolfPack.
The versatile Kendra Finch (North Vancouver, BC) is a solid performer at many positions on the court. Finch was the winner of the Doctor Roger H. Barnsley Student/Athlete award in 2017-18.
Other players anticipated to have solid seasons include Avery Pottle (Umbridge, ON) who can play both middle and outside, Morgan Righelof (St. Albert, AB), Hali Drezet (Prince George, BC) and Katie Ludvig (Kamloops, BC).
Grimm’s recruiting class includes: Erin Mutch (5’9”,outside hitter, Victoria, BC-Oak Bay Secondary/Team BC/Victoria Volleyball Association Black), Elizabeth “Lizzy” Reimer (6’1” middle, Edmonton, AB-Harry Ainlay Composite High/Team Alberta/U-18 Pandas), Hayley McNaught (6’0”, middle, Woking, AB-Spirit River Regional Academy), Macey Hogg (6’2”, middle, Terrace, BC-Caledonia Secondary/Northwest Rage 18U), and Siobhan Toal (5’10”, outside hitter, Edmonton, AB,-Strathcona Composite High School/Team Alberta/U-18 Pandas).