Vancouver, BC – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s volleyball team will travel to Saskatoon to take on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a weekend series.
The Thunderbirds hold a regular season record of 9-5, good for fourth in the Canada West standings. Three of five losses have come in five-set matches.
UBC’s middles Chris Howe and Alex Russell have been imperative to the Thunderbirds’ success this season. Howe, in his fifth and final year of eligibility, places third in conference standings with 1.24 blocks per set. Fourth-year Russell sits in ninth in that category with a 1.02 blocks per set. Through his first three years in the league, Russell averaged 1.00 blocks per set, placing him at 15th in the all-time conference record books.
Also holding a spot in the conference all-time list is fifth-year libero Ian Perry. Perry sits in second place in all-time career digs with 871 digs. To surpass former Thunderbird Blair Bann for the top spot on the list, Perry will need to average just shy of 15 digs per match for the remainder of the regular season.
Second-year Irvan Brar and third-year Jarrid Ireland will play on the left-side for the Thunderbirds this weekend. Fourth-year Ben Chow still remains sidelined with a strained knee, and will not travel this weekend. Chow saw some action this past weekend against the University of Winnipeg, but prior to that had not played in a match since October 25th at Thompson Rivers University.
Saskatchewan sits in the middle of the pack at 7-5, though this record does not indicate their current six-game winning streak.
Fifth-year left-side Paul Thomson leads the Huskies with 173 kills on the year – his 3.93 kills per set average places him in third on the conference leaderboard in that category.
The weekend’s matches will be the final two games of the first semester. All teams will take an extended break for the month of December, returning in January to complete the final few weekends of the regular season.
Matches will commence at the University of Saskatchewan at 6p.m. PT on both Friday and Saturday. The action can be streamed live via