Dominant performance earns Thunderbirds a straight sets victory over Winnipeg

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Vancouver, BC – A night after losing in five sets, the UBC Thunderbirds women’s volleyball team responded with a straight sets victory over the University of Winnipeg Saturday evening at War Memorial Gym (25-15, 25-17, 25-19). UBC move to fifth place in the conference with a record of 8-6, while the Wesmen 6-6 drop into an eighth place tie with their neighbours, the University of Manitoba. 

“I think the biggest difference tonight was that we came out with a lot of confidence,” said Rosie Schlagintweit, the highest scorer on the floor this evening. Schlagintweit contributed 13 kills to the T-Birds’ offence. “We just concentrated on one another, and that made things way easier.”

The first set was dominated by UBC. They jumped out to a 16-9 lead at the technical timeout and never looked back. Danielle Brisebois finished with four kills in the set including the set clinching kill for a 25-15 victory.

The second set was more evenly matched. Led by Chelsea Jones with three kills and Aaliyah Masepela with two kills the Wesmen and Thunderbirds were tied at 8-8. A four-point run led by second-year setter Alessandra Gentile followed. Gentile made a kill to boost the T-birds into the lead, and then proceeded to serve the next three points for her team, also contributing an ace to move UBC in front 16-12. Tia Boroski cut the lead to 17-14 with a big kill, but numerous attack errors down the stretch for the Wesmen was the difference. Schlagintweit finished the set off with another kill to win 25-17.

The third set was more heated still, as the Wesmen came out desperate to keep their chances alive. Borowski stepped up for her team with with three kills and a service ace in the third set. The set was deadlocked midway through at 13-13. Two kills in a row from Nicola Laniuk put UBC in front. The Wesman made things shortly after, cutting the lead to two, but UBC won six of the next eight points to take the set (25-19) and the match.

Boroski finished with a team high 10 kills.

Danielle Brisebois had eight kills, while Alissa Coulter, Abbey Keeping, and Laniuk all had six kills each.

The Thunderbirds will wrap up regular season play in 2014 next weekend when they travel to Saskatoon to take on the University of Saskatchewan. 

Schlagintweit is excited for what the rest of the season holds for the T-Birds: “We’re definitely looking forward to finishing this year off strong before getting started again in January!”

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