UBC sweeps Thompson Rivers

Alissa Coulter

VANCOUVER – Following their first loss to Thompson Rivers University in program history, the UBC Thunderbirds bounced back with a much-needed three-set victory over the WolfPack in Canada West women’s volleyball action in Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday night. Set scores were 25-17, 25-18, and 25-17 in favour of the Thunderbirds.
Alissa Coulter had arguably her best performance on the left side with the Thunderbirds. The fourth-year Calgary native led UBC for the second game in a row with 15 points.
“We played with a lot of confidence,” said Coulter. “We really took control of the serve-pass game, which allowed us to run a very efficient offence.”
Coulter had 13 kills on 27 attempts with, most importantly, only one error. Her 44 per cent attack efficiency on the night is her highest through six games this season.
Alessandra Gentiles earned 29 assists in the victory, distributing the ball with confidence. Gentiles benefitted from the Thunderbirds’ enhanced serve reception and was able to get all positions involved.
“Alessandra did a good job spreading the offence,” said UBC’s fifth-year right side Rosie Schlagintweit. “With our better passing, the middles were able to get more sets, which was really key for us.”
Schlagintweit tallied eight kills with a 32 per cent attack efficiency for the Thunderbirds.
UBC’s middles in Abbey Keeping and Nicola Laniuk were a force throughout the match, both offensively and defensively. The two combined for nine kills on 19 attempts to go along with nine blocks.
Solid block-defence by the Thunderbirds limited Iuliia Pakhomenko, who was dominant in the Wolfpack’s Friday night win. Pakhomenko had nine kills on the match but also had five errors, due in large to UBC’s blocking.
Cara Rosehill started as libero for the first time as a Thunderbird, and tallied 10 digs on the evening.
All in all, a more consistent and enhanced effort aided the Thunderbirds in the victory.
“We did a much better job tonight,” said Schlagintweit. “Our serve receive was much stronger – we really made the adjustments we needed to and executed our game plan.”
With the win, UBC improves to 3-3 on the season, leaving them in a four-way tie for fifth in a competitive Canada West conference. The Thunderbirds host UBC Okanagan next week

Thompson Rivers drops to 2-4, and will host the University of Regina Cougars to start the November schedule.