Saskatoon, SK – One day after losing in five sets, the UBC Thunderbirds earned the weekend split with a 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15) victory over Saskatchewan Saturday night in Saskatoon.
With the victory UBC heads into the holiday break with a record of 9-7 while Saskatchewan falls to 4-10.
“I’m really proud of this team, we played a lot of good volleyball tonight,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer. “The first set is a prime example, we missed eight serves and still won 25-17. That says to me we had a lot of good things going on.”
Danielle Brisebois led the way for the Thunderbirds hitting double digits in kills for the ninth time in 13 games this season, finishing Saturday with a game high 17 kills. She has registered at least seven kills in every game she has played this season. Tonight she also added 10 digs.
“Dani (Brisebois) has found her groove offensively and is showing signs of the type of player she can become,” said Reimer. “Offensively, she hits a really heavy ball and has been very consistent, but she is also starting to build consistency in other areas such as defence and blocking to round her game into form.”
Fifth-year Rosie Schlagintweit had a solid game as well chipping in with 12 kills and a match high 16 digs.
Emmalyn Copping led the Huskies in the loss with 10 kills, while Emily Humbert and Ruby Stefan each recorded seven. Libero Jennifer Hueser recorded a team-high nine digs.
The T-Birds took an early 8-5 lead in the first set. Saskatchewan pulled within one twice in the game but couldn’t overcome the early deficit, losing 25-17.
UBC was down throughout the second set. The T-Birds would pull within two points but the Huskies would break away to build a lead of four or more four point lead eight times before winning 25-18.
Down 17-12 in the third set, the T-Birds went on a 10 point run to take a 22-17 lead. Anne Hanbidge returned the ball to the Huskies at 22-18 but a block by Brisebois and Emily Cicon on the next play gave the T-Birds back the ball. Schlagintweit and Laura MacTaggart closed out the set 25-18.
UBC took control of the fourth set early and led 19-12 at one point. The Huskies scored just three more points losing 25-15.
“Obviously the turning point in the game was rallying from the 17-12 deficit in the third set,” said Reimer. “We were able to build off that going into the fourth set and finish things off. It’s a good way for us to go into the break.”
Both teams enter the Canada West-wide December break. The Huskies resume conference action January 9-10 at home hosting the Brandon Bobcats, while UBC returns to the court on January 16-17 on the road against the Bobcats.