Calgary, AB – The UBC women’s volleyball team fell to the University of Calgary Dinos 3-1 at the Jack Simpson Gym Friday night in Calgary. The Thunderbirds, now 11-10, could not quite dig themselves out of the 2-0 deficit created by their hosts. As a result of this early onslaught, the Dinos have boosted their record to 13-10 in their second last regular season game. Set scores were 25-20, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-22.
“It was frustrating that we failed to close out sets tonight,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer. “We really struggled to stop their middle attackers and that really hurt us.”
The two teams were neck and neck throughout the first set, trading points with one another until rookie middle Beth Vinnell from the Dinos stepped up to the service line. At this point, the Thunderbirds had a tentative lead of 17-15, but this was all about to change as the Dinos went on an 8-point run. Vinnell produced three of these points with services aces. Abbey Keeping finally broke the streak with a kill, but the outcome of the set was all but decided. The Thunderbirds went down 25-20.
Unfortunately for the Thunderbirds, the second set followed much the same pattern. Although the teams traded points throughout much of the set, keeping the score within two points or less of one another, the Dinos managed to pull out another streak, this one coming in the late portions of the set. With things tied up at 21 points apiece, the Dinos managed to take four out of the next five points to put the T-Birds away for a second time, 25-22.
The Thunderbirds were determined not to go down without a fight. They led their hosts throughout almost the entire third set: The only exceptions were when the Dinos managed to tie things up at 19-19 and 20-20. A six-point uninterrupted streak led by Lisa Barclay, who scored five of these points, spelled the end of the Dino’s hopes for a sweep. The Thunderbirds took this set 25-20.
The hosts stormed back in the final set, scoring the first four points of the set. While the rest of the set left the two teams trading points with each other once again they ended up tied in the dying minutes of the set, with 22-22 on the scoreboard. A kill from Jaylynn Moffatt and two unforced errors from the Thunderbirds spelled victory for the Dinos for a final set score of 25-22 in favour of the hosts.
Barclay and Rosie Schlagintweit led UBC offensively, both contributing 19 kills for their team. Dino’s player Jaylynn Moffatt was the highest scorer on the evening with 20 kills. Her teammates Beth Vinnell and Kate Pexmen also put up double digits for the Dinos with 12 and 15 kills respectively.
“Rosie (Schlagintweit) was an offensive force all night at it was great to see Ciara Hanly step in and play well in her hometown,” said Reimer.
The two teams will face off for a rematch tomorrow at 4:00 pm PT. You can catch the action via live stream at canadawest.tv.