VANCOUVER – The No. 7-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s volleyball team is preparing to travel to Alberta this weekend to face off against the University of Calgary Dinos, ranked 10th in Canada. The Dinos (12-10) are just ahead of the Thunderbirds (11-9) in the standings in fifth place. Brandon (12-8) holds down fourth place, which would equal a home playoff date in the Canada West Quarter-Finals.
“This will be a huge weekend for both teams, since it will go a long in determining and solidifying playoff positions,” says UBC head coach Doug Reimer.
The Dinos are entering their final weekend of regular season play as they have a bye for the last weekend. This, alongside their hunger to remain in playoff contention is sure to set the stage for a couple of nail-biters in Calgary. The Dinos came home from Edmonton this week with two tough losses. They dropped both lengthy matches to the MacEwan University Griffins and will be searching for a way to win at home against the Thunderbirds.
UBC, on the other hand, are coming off a split weekend with Trinity Western University. They defeated the Spartans 3-2 in Friday’s match only to fall 3-0 the following day. Fifth-year Rosie Schlagintweit and third-year Danielle Brisebois have led the Thunderbirds offensively so far this season, with 199 and 217 kills, respectively. Reigning CIS Player of the Year Lisa Barclay played in just her fifth and sixth regular season matches last weekend but led her squad in kills on both nights (20 and 9).
The Dinos also have a few offensive powerhouses of their own. Rookie hitter Kate Pexman is one of Calgary’s leading lights this season: Pexman is third in the conference for kills with 272 to her name so far. Alongside her, fifth-year setter Jordhynn Guy is third in the conference in assists. The Calgary side have shown strength on defence as well. Amber Brown is counted among the top five in digs per set for the conference.
“I anticipate two very close and hotly contested matches,” says Reimer.
The action will get underway at 5 p.m. PT on Friday evening, and 4 p.m. PT on Saturday. You catch the action via live stream at canadawest.tv.