VANCOUVER – The No. 5-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s volleyball team will be heading to the University of Saskatchewan’s barn in Saskatoon this weekend.
The Thunderbirds are currently in fifth place in the conference, with a record of 8-6. The Huskies are sitting in second-to-last place with a 3-9 mark. Both contests this weekend (Friday and Saturday) begin at 4 p.m. PT.
The Thunderbirds are coming off a hard-fought split weekend series against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. Friday’s match ended in a five-set T-Birds loss, which is how every one of UBC’s defeats this season has been decided. A night after a tough loss, the team responded with a straight sets victory over the Wesmen.
Saskatchewan has not won a match since November 1, a losing streak that was extended to six games after two defeats at the hands of the MacEwan Griffins last weekend. On Friday evening, the Huskies were able to extend the proceedings to five sets, but fell in four on Saturday. UBC was also swept by MacEwan earlier this season, with both matches going to the limit.
With 2.98 kills per set, third-year left side Danielle Brisebois of Bolton, Ont., leads the offence for the blue and gold. Fifth-year senior Rosie Schlagintweit of Abbotsford, B.C., is close behind with 2.63. Setter Kelsey Clarke has typically been subbed into the game for her strong service technique. The fourth-year player from Delta, B.C., averages 0.47 service aces per set. As a team, UBC leads the Canada West conference in overall service aces with 128. Calgary native Alissa Coulter has a team-high 25.
Saskatchewan’s Emmalyn Copping is 10th in the league in kills per set with 2.95, while Kayla Tycholiz records just over a block per set (1.02) and is ninth in the conference in that category.