T-Birds triumph in five sets again

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VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s volleyball team managed to claw their way back to victory after being down two sets to the Thompson University WolfPack tonight in Kamloops, B.C.

The set scores were 24-26, 29-31, 25-19, 28-26 and 18-16. For the second consecutive night, UBC came from behind for the win.

“It was a pretty gutsy effort by the boys after falling behind 2-0 in a couple of tight sets to come back and turn the tide in our favour in the end,” said UBC head coach Richard Schick.

Mac McNicol did a really good job for us both nights.”

McNicol led the team in kills with 16, closely followed by Irvan Brar and Ben Chow, with 14 kills apiece.

Down 14-12 in the fifth, UBC’s Chow knocked down a kill to save one match point for his team. Then middle Alex Russell stepped to the service line and delivered an ace to prolong the match. A UBC error on the next point gave TRU another opportunity to claim the final set, but again the T-Birds would not surrender as McNicol recorded two kills in a row to put his team up 16-15. The WolfPack won the next point but kills from Jarrid Ireland and McNicol on the ensuing two plays ensured a weekend sweep for UBC.

In the fourth, the Thunderbirds fell behind early 8-4 but evened the set at 12-12 on a kill from McNicol. Then the two teams battled back and forth, as the set was tied on 14 occasions after that. The Thunderbirds saved three set points late, including one at 25-26 before winning the last three points to snatch the set.

The comeback began with a third-set victory. UBC and TRU split the first 28 points but the Thunderbirds ended on an 11-5 run.

UBC was tenacious all night. The team went down 18-12 in the opening set but fought its way back to even the score at 24-24 before dropping the last two points.

The second set was a back-and-forth affair right from the start as neither team led by more than three points, but the WolfPack did win the last three points to steal a 31-29 win.

UBC is now tied for second in the conference with the universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, all of whom sport a 5-1 record.

The Thunderbirds will be back in action next weekend, as they will be hosting a doubleheader against the UBC Okanagan Heat, a team that is winless in six regular season matches. Friday’s game will get underway at 8 p.m. PT at War Memorial Gym. 
 
“We’re definitely happy to get out of here with two wins but there’s a lot to work on and we’re looking forward to working on those things,” said Schick.

 

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