Wolves Drop 2 to the Eagles
November 10, 2015
The trip to Edmonton proved to be a difficult and frustrating one for the GPRC Wolves Men's Volleyball team as they were unable to leave the city with a victory.
The Kings University College Eagles have a veteran squad with a starting lineup littered with 4th and 5th year athletes and they currently sit atop the ACAC North division. Both Friday and Saturday's matches saw a high level of volleyball with stretches of very intense play, the Wolves were unable to finish of a number of sets and finished both matches with 3-0 losses. There were strong performances throughout the Wolves roster, Friday's player of the game was Sam Halliday and Saturday's was Lucas Robertson.
Next week the Wolves are on their BYE week and will take time to reset and reap the benefits of the mental and physical break. 2 close 5th set losses where the Wolves had opportunities to finish off sets for a victory have left the record to sit below .500 at the moment. The Wolves will look to prepare for a strong outing at home in the GPRC gymnasium as they host the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder November 20th and 21st.
Wolves dominate the Ooks
November 2, 2015
There was a strong outing for the Wolves this Friday as they pulled out a straight sets victory against a strong NAIT Ooks team. Sam Halliday carried the offensive load with 13 kills while the team as a whole had strong execution in serving and blocking which put consistent pressure on the Ooks attackers.
Saturday was an exciting contest that had each team battle with many swings of momentum and aggressive back and forth attacks from each side. The wolves once again started strong with a powerful 1st set victory, they started the second set in a similar fashion before the Ooks caught their second wind and brought aggressive attacks to win set 2 and 3. GPRC was able to regain momentum in the 4th set with a consistent effort on reception and big service runs from Tristan Simmonds and the rest of the squad. The 5th set proved to follow a similar theme with the Wolves and Ooks trading leads throughout the set. With an opportunity to side out for a victory at 14-13 the Ooks were able to flip momentum and gain service control. After trading huge defensive plays the Ooks were able to cap off a come back and win 18-16.
Overall it was another strong competitive outing from the Wolves Men's Volleyball team as they continue to build and improve through the season. Next weekend the Wolves travel to Edmonton to take on the Kings Eagles!
Season still looks promising for Men's Volleyball despite tough losses
The GPRC Wolves Men's Volleyball team opened their season with 2 losses in competitive matches that were as close as could be.
The Lakeland Rustlers has an interesting dynamic as it is built around Sam Tuivai, a left side player who transfered from Brandon University. Although GPRC was able to match up well against him, they were unable to score in the final moments of the final points of each match losing 23-25 in the 4th on Saturday and 13-15 in a very close match on Saturday.
Both Friday and Saturdays matches saw the Wolves come out strong with 1st set victories that had consistent pressure from all areas of the court. Game play was exciting as the teams went back and forth in strategic matches that had each team playing to their offensive strength.
The Wolves were very well rounded throughout the weekend with everyone who made it into match play making big individual team plays. The team has a lot of confidence in all of its athletes being able to contribute and the consistency throughout the roster will be a strength for them going forward.
Ultimately the Wolves played with consistency and strength but were unable to capitalize late in both matches on plays that will be improved upon in the future. Although the joy of victory was not had in opening weekend, the season looks to be very competitive and promising for men's volleyball.
Wiebe wins gold at NTCC, meets PM
Wolves Athletics is proud to congratulate Wolves Men’s Volleyball setter, Troy Wiebe and Team Alberta on achieving gold at The National Team Challenge Cup, held in Gatineau, QC this last week. Wolves coach Mike Lauzon says that Wiebe “very nearly didn’t make the trip to Quebec due to an ankle injury but persevered - earned the starting position - and gutted out some very impressive victories”.
In the men’s tournament Team Alberta defeated Ontario in the championship match 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 19-25, 20-18.
Wiebe, a local product of Peace Wapiti came up through the Wolves Volleyball Club system and is now entering his second season with the GPRC Wolves. After an outstanding performance in 2012/13, Wiebe, a powerful setter is tipped to be team leader in the upcoming season.
The National Team Challenge Cup is hosted by Canada’s men’s National Team Centre. Along with tournament play, players receive training opportunities with Volleyball Canada National Team coaches while the provincial coaches receive professional development opportunities.
The National Team Challenge Cup was instated in 1986 to build a bridge between the needs of our National Teams and the short-term objectives of Volleyball Canada's Regions. In 2008, VC's Domestic Development Committee decided to make the NTCC a true National Team event, by hosting it every year within its National Team training Centers (Winnipeg for the Women's event and Gatineau for the Men's event) and by complementing the tournament play with training opportunities with our National Team coaches for all athletes as well as Professional Development opportunities for all coaches.
Lauzon stays local for new recruits
By Terry Farrell, Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Coach Mike Lauzon has gone to the local talent pool to draw new recruits for the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves men’s team, landing some highly sought-after players.
First, the Peace Wapiti Academy principal sat down with a couple of his own graduating students, getting Dylan Smith and Cole Penson to commit.
From there, he went across the parking lot to the Grande Prairie Composite gym and received a commitment from Kirk Testawitch.
Then he headed south, to St. Joseph high school and scooped up Michael Cepuch, who was recently named an all-star at the U-18 men’s provincial indoor club championship.
He rounded out his recruiting over the phone, with a call to Blain Cranston in Fort St. John. Read More
Goodvin makes ACAC Rookie of the Year
First year athlete Devon Goodvin earned a great deal of respect in his rookie season with his solid contribution for the Grande Prairie Wolves. The 6'5" outside hitter played both left and right side over the course of the season as was an integral part of the teams passing and offense. He amassed 177 kills with a solid 2.64 kills per set average. His powerful swing was also showcased in his aggressive serve and resulted in 14 service aces. 102 digs and 12 stuff blocks accented his front and back court defensive presence as he was a player discussed by opponents about to compete against him. Read More
For more information on Wolves Men's Volleyball contact:
Mike Lauzon, Head Coach
Grande Prairie Regional College