The Thunderbirds are currently in sixth place in the Canada West, with a record of 9-7. The Bobcats are sitting in fourth place with a 10-6 mark.
The Thunderbirds are coming off a long six-week break and are eager to get back to work. Their last game was a hard-fought split weekend series against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies back in November.
All the ‘Birds’ losses this season have been five-sets games. The ‘Birds seem to be struggling to capitalizing on that deciding set. UBC is 2-and-7 in five set matches.
Brandon started their season back from the break with a series sweep against the Huskies last weekend.
The Thunderbirds will be facing some tough matchups down the stretch as they push for a spot in the playoffs. With just eight games remaining in the regular season schedule, six are against teams ahead of them in the standings, Brandon, Trinity Western (12-4), and Calgary (10-8). They will also square off against Regina (4-12).
This weekend will mark the final time Lisa Barclay will play for the Thunderbirds in her hometown of Brandon, unless they meet up in the playoffs. The fifth-year standout and reigning CIS Player of the Year had a tumultuous first half of the season, playing in just two games due to injury and illness. However, she is now 100% and ready to help UBC defend its Canada West title.
With the absence of Barclay, Danielle Brisebois has stepped up and led the Thunderbirds offensively. In 13 games this year, Brisebois has finished with 10 or more kills nine times, including a career best 21 kills against Alberta.
As for Brandon they are team that relies on offence by committee. Shanlee McLennan, Tori Dakin, Nikki Majewskik, and Jodie Baker all average over two sets per kill. The Bobcats also boast the reigning CIS Libero of the Year in Donata Huebert. She is second in the league in overall digs (239) and digs per set with (3.85).
First serve on Friday is 4:00 pm PST and 3:00 pm PST on Saturday. Both games can be seen live on canadawest.tv.