WINNIPEG – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s volleyball team saw its six-game winning streak come to an end losing in four sets (25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-15) to the Manitoba Bisons Saturday evening in Winnipeg. Tonight’s loss means a split for the two-game series as UBC falls to 8-2 on the year, while Manitoba improves to 6-4.
“Manitoba played a lot better today and we didn’t accept the challenge at times,” said UBC head coach Richard Schick. “We were playing from behind most of the night. We need everybody going and tonight, we didn’t have anyone going so it obviously made things difficult. Manitoba handled the guys that had success last night and were able to minimize what they were able to do. They were extremely aggressive and we didn’t have an answer tonight.”
The Bisons took an early lead, winning the first set 25-16 with a .609 attack percentage. Manitoba captain Adam DeJonckheere started the match strong with seven kills in the opening set.
He added four more in the second, but UBC fought back to trail the Bisons 16-14 at the technical timeout. Manitoba stretched their advantage to three points to win the set 25-22.
Momentum shifted in the third when the Thunderbirds claimed an early lead. They were up 16-11 at the technical timeout. The Bisons closed the gap to two, but couldn’t gain an advantage. UBC took the set 25-23 on their third match point attempt as Jarrid Ireland put away the kill to get the Thunderbirds back in the game.
Unfortunately for UBC, the men were unable to carry that momentum through into the fourth set as Manitoba dominated, easily winning 25-15 to win the match in four games.
DeJonckheere led the home side with a total of 21 kills. Devren Dear had 12 kills of his own.
UBC will be at home next weekend to take on the undefeated and conference leading Alberta Golden Bears for a pair of games Friday and Saturday night at War Memorial Gym.