WolfPack women’s volleyball team is getting back on the bus.
Head coach Chad Grimm will be taking his crew to Edmonton for the annual University of Alberta Pandas exhibition tournament. It begins Thursday, Sept. 15.
“This is an annual tournament Alberta has with MacEwan,” said Grimm. “It is a great opportunity to get some playing time in. Usually in the morning all the teams scrimmage against each other for a half hour and then in the afternoon we play formal matches.”
WolfPack tangle with University of Saskatchewan Huskies in their first match Thursday night, 7 p.m., after travelling all day on the bus.
“It will be a long drive and then a game, “Grimm explained. “But it is good to get in situations where things aren’t perfect.”
The WolfPack have seen some exhibition action already this year when they played Simon Fraser and then went to Oregon for matches against NCAA Div. I and II schools.
Grimm said the team is coming along. “It is early. This month we are working on a lot of skills stuff and techniques. Our focus hasn’t been on game play. This weekend we are going to try a lot of different line ups. We are going to see how everyone performs in their first competitions with seven new girls. For us, it is more of a developmental weekend. We are not looking so much on the results as we are seeing how different lineups and how the girls have progressed since Oregon.”
TRU’s other matches are against University of Calgary Dinos on Friday (Sept. 16 4 p.m.) and Mount Royal University Cougars on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 17, 2 p.m.)
The WolfPack will head to Langley to play in the West Coast Classic in mid October,Oct. 14-16, where they will play a more set lineup.
Thompson Rivers opens up its 2016-17 Canada West season on Friday, Oct. 28, on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre against University of Alberta Pandas. Game time is 6 p.m.