DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
Daniel Thiessen doesn't believe the Winnipeg Wesmen will overpower anyone, but they sure looked capable of it Friday night.
Thiessen had a season-high 21 kills and hit .405 for the night while adding a match-high 12 digs to help the Wesmen men's volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-17) victory over the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack at the Duckworth Centre.
It was Thiessen's seventh straight conference match with at least 10 kills and it helped Winnipeg improve to 5-6 on the season. He also had an ace, a solo block and three block assists to add to his match-high 24.5 points.
"I think we know we're not going to beat a lot of teams by being more physical than them, so we have to play a good team game and defence is the biggest part of the game that you can do as a team and we know we have to do it to win games," Thiessen said.
The Wesmen hit .197 for the match and held the Wolfpack (2-9) to .088.
The Wolfpack suffered their ninth loss of a season in which they've already faced a bear of a schedule having played their first 10 matches against five of the top six teams in Canada West.
"We know what Canada West is about. It's a meat-grinder and unfortunately, we missed opportunities early when we were playing really good volleyball, and now we're really fighting ourselves," TRU head coach Pat Hennelly said. "Credit to Winnipeg: After we won that set ... they really dialled up their defence in the fourth, and we know that's coming when we come here."
Nimo Benne led TRU with 12 kills and Anton Napolitano and Landon Currie tied for the team-high with 10 digs apiece. Napolitano also added two aces.
The two teams will meet again Saturday at 5 p.m.