“We just couldn’t execute,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer, shaking his head after the match. “We made errors at times when you really can’t make errors and unfortunately we paid for that with the result.”
Tied at two sets apiece, UBC opened the scoring in the final set with a point from Alissa Coulter‘s serve. From this point onward however, the Wesmen went on a 6-0 run, five of the points awarded due to errors from the Thunderbirds to go ahead 6-1. The Wesmen maintained at least a four point lead throughout the set, and sealed the deal as Tia Boroski scored the winning kill for a 15-11 fifth set victory.
All six of UBC’s losses this season have come in five-set matches.
Despite the loss, UBC had a strong offensive showing. Four Thunderbirds finished with double-digits in kills. Coulter took the spot of top scorer for the T-Birds this evening with 15 kills. Danielle Brisebois finished with 14 kills, while Rosie Schlagintweit and Abbey Keeping each had 12 kills. Coulter was tied for most kills with Borowski and Hailey Buhler of the Wesmen, who also put up 15 kills for their team this evening, to go along with 14 digs apiece.
Winnipeg’s Ellina Domnidou had a strong game finishing with 40 assists and 11 digs.
The two teams looked evenly matched throughout the first set. Winnipeg jumped out to a 16-12 lead at the technical timeout, but the Thunderbirds stormed back to win 25-22.
The Wesmen came into the following set ready to even things up. In the second set the Wesmen trailed 20-19. After an attack error from UBC, Mackenzie Jeffrey scored back to back kills to put the visitors up 21-20. Boroski finished off the set with two kills for the 25-23 win.
The third set when back and forth with the game being tied at 16-16. However, Winnipeg led by three kills from Buhler earned the 25-20 victory.
UBC made a big comeback in the fourth set however, looking dominant over their opponents. Keeping, Brisebois, and Schlagintweit each had three kills each in a 25-16 victory. .
“I give full credit to Winnipeg for their win tonight,” acknowledged Reimer. “They played a more consistent game than we did, and they deserved to win. “Tomorrow, we’ve got to get back to playing our game.”
UBC falls to 7-6 on the season, while Winnipeg improves to 6-5 on the year.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow night at 5 p.m. at War Memorial Gym.