Thunderbirds fall in five sets for the eighth time this season

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Brandon, MB – The UBC women’s volleyball team suffered a hard fought five-set loss against the Brandon University Bobcats Friday night, falling 3-2 (25-16, 22-25, 25-14, 17-25, 15-11). 

With the loss the Thunderbirds drop to 9-8 on the season, while Brandon improved to 11-6. 

After rallying from a 2-1 deficit to send the match to a fifth set UBC jumped out to a 7-3 lead. Unfortunately, the hometown Bobcats would rattle off seven straight points to turn the table. The ‘Birds were unable to make a comeback as the momentum shifted in favour of Brandon and they would go to win the set 15-11. 

All eight of the Thunderbirds losses this season have come in five sets matches. They are now 2-8 in five setters this season.

“It is fustrating to lose another five set match, especially playing well enough in the fourth and the first half of the fifth,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer

The Bobcats jumped all over the Thunderbirds in the first set, taking advantage of UBC’s sluggish start. The T-Birds put up six service errors before the first technical time-out. Brandon responded with two quick service aces from Nikki Majewski and the Bobcats made quick work of the set winning 25-16.

Returning to her hometown, reigning CIS player of the year Lisa Barclay went to work for the T-Bids in the second set, putting up eight kills in the second frame, giving UBC a 25-22 set score and tying the match 1-1.

Like the opening set, the third set was all Brandon. A 7-2 run for the Bobcast to start set the tone ther est of the way. An attack error by UBC’s Abbey Keeping summed up the set 25-14 for the home side.

True to form UBC came fighting back in the fourth set. The set went back and forth early before UBC jumped ahead 12-10. The Thunderbirds took advantage of Brandon attack errors to win the set 25-17 and tie the match at 2-2. 

The win marks the first time in program history the Bobcats have beat the Thunderbirds at home.

Barclay had a standout performance for the Thunderbirds, recording a game high 19 kills for the Thunderbirds, to go along with six digs and two blocks. Following behind was Danielle Brisebois who contributed 12 kills and five digs. 

“It was great to have Lisa back in the lineup and I thought she made strong contributions especially since that tonight was her first match since November and only her third match of the year,” said Reimer.

For the Bobcats Shanlee McLennan had a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs while Tori Dakin had 11 kills and nine digs. 

The two teams will face each other again at 3 p.m. PST tomorrow. 

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