WolfPack men have a busy weekend ahead as they launch their 2016 exhibition campaign.
Under the direction of Interim head coach Mike Hawkins, volleyball players head to the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley for two exhibition matches and two scrimmages in three days.
It begins Thursday, Sept. 22 when the ’Pack visit the Thunderbirds at UBC for a scrimmage.
“We are just looking to see how the work we have put in so far is paying off,” said Hawkins. “Myself and coach Krueger (another former TRU player Matt) have installed some systems (offensive and defensive). Especially with our first opponents, we aren’t looking at the outcome as important as how the systems look in a game form.”
Hawkins says the players have been quick to adapt to the new systems. “They aren’t significantly different from what they are used to under Pat (Hennelly, TRU’s head coach who is on sabbatical). I just have a different way of framing things and different cues. For the most part, the guys are really open. They understand the situation they are in and that I am in. They are open to learning new things which is speeding the process along. I think if they were fighting things it would have been a lot more difficult.”
For the most part, the veterans came into camp in shape. Hawkins said everyone on the roster will see court time this weekend as the coaching staff evaluates the talent.
TRU will have only one fifth year player in 2016-17: Daniel Eikland Rod (Oz, Norway).
The ‘Pack will face UBC again Friday afternoon at Vancouver Tech Secondary School in a scrimmage situation and then meet up with the Trinity Western University Spartans at Terry Fox Secondary in the evening. Saturday, Sept. 24), the Spartans and Pack play at Krueger’s alma mater: MEI in Clearbrook. Those two will be official exhibition matches.
TRU will play exhibition tournaments at UBCO and at University of Calgary before they open the Canada West regular season on Friday, Oct. 28 on the Warner Rentals Court against University of Alberta Golden Bears. Game time at the Tournament Capital Centre will be 7:45 p.m.