Thunderbirds look to build momentum as Wesmen visit Vancouver


VANCOUVER – The No. 5-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s volleyball team will be back in action on home court this weekend, playing host to the University of Winnipeg Wesmen.

The Thunderbirds are currently in sixth place in the conference, with a record of 7-5. The Wesmen are sitting in eighth place with 5-5 record. Friday’s contest begins at 6 p.m. PT at War Memorial Gymnasium and Saturday’s match up begins at 5 p.m.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a hard-fought split weekend against the top-ranked University of Alberta Pandas, and UBC head coach Doug Reimer is excited to be moving forward with the lessons learned from that intense match-up.

“It was a really positive weekend for the development of our team. As always we are looking to improve on our consistency and execution,” he explained. “We are definitely feeling motivated going forward into these next games.”

Reimer also highlighted the success of his team rallying together and staying positive as one of their leaders, fifth-year veteran Lisa Barclay, is still recovering from an ankle sprain.

“With the absence of Lisa, we’ve been getting really strong offensive performances from Alissa [Coulter], Rosie [Schlagintweit] and Danielle [Brisebois].”

Reimer is looking for more stellar performances from all members of UBC’s deep bench.

Brisebois was named the First Star of the Week by the Canada West conference after her impressive performance last weekend. She recorded 19 kills in a T-Birds victory on Friday. She followed up with a career-high 21 kills during Saturday’s hotly-contested battle, which ended 3-2 in favour of Alberta. Brisebois, a native of Bolton, Ont., is now fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.283).

UBC’s men’s and women’s volleyball programs will host its 2014 Alumni and Donor Night on Saturday.