T-Birds settle for split after Saturday loss


VANCOUVER – There was no repeat for the No. 9-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s volleyball team as they fell to the No. 5 Trinity Western University Spartans in three sets, splitting the weekend doubleheader. The scores were 25-13, 25-20 and 25-18.

The Spartans bounced back after last night’s performance to improve to 15-5, which is one game behind Canada West co-leaders Alberta and UBC Okanagan. The T-Birds remain in sixth place with a record of 11-9.

UBC’s Lisa Barclay, the reigning CIS Player of the Year from Brandon, Man., recorded nine kills and 11 digs on the night.

Sophie Carpentier nabbed 16 kills and five digs for Trinity Western. She was followed by teammate Alicia Perrin, who finished with 10 kills, four digs, and four blocks.

Elizabeth Wendel capped off an early 7-2 run for Trinity Western with a kill that made the score 11-5 for the visitors. An Abbey Keeping (Surrey_ service ace and a Barclay kill closed the Thunderbirds to within three points at 12-9 but the Spartans replied by taking the next six to regain control of the set, which eventually finished at 25-13.

The second set was more of a back-and-forth affair with both teams able to put up mini-runs. The set was tied 14 times but after UBC’s Alissa Coulter (Calgary) tied the game at 19-19, Trinity Western won six of the next seven points to triumph.

The visitors open the third set strong as well, jumping out to a 16-7 advantage at the technical timeout. A late 8-3 run by UBC closed the gap to five points at 23-18 but Trinity Western was able finish off the match in straight sets.

The T-Birds hit the road next weekend to take on the University of Calgary Dinos, with the first serve at 5 p.m. PT Friday and at 4 p.m. PT on Saturday night.

Trinity Western will host the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

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