With their win at the University of Washington, the co-ed team and the women’s team headed back to Vancouver as the top team divisionally, which guaranteed them a spot in regionals.
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We asked five Thunderbirds to share their plans for the winter break.
Internationally, there is a large market for the sport, particularly in Asia and Europe. In Canada, the story is slightly different.
The fall term had its triumphs and its challenges for the 'Birds, culminating in some ecstatic and heartbreaking playoff runs for several of the teams. Here's all you need to know about this fall for the varsity teams.
“We really want to start an archery community,” says Sykes, “and not just be a club that has a skill. There’s already a community within Vancouver of archery in BC so when they heard, quite a few people reached out to us and supported us.”
“Just the legacy that [Huband] has built here. It’s incredible what she has done. I’ve always wanted to be part of something like that,” said Filewich. “I’m hoping to help her bring home another national championship in my five years here.”
“They played a lot better tonight than they did last night,” said UBC head coach Kerry MacDonald Saturday about their opponents, “Especially in the first set, they’ve played very good volleyball, and made us really earn it—we had to play a lot better to win them tonight.”
“This has been our overall best full game this year,” said Thomas after the game. “Especially against the number one team in the country, great competitors and a great team like Alberta.”
The game was also a little different for the T-Birds as played host to stands full of local elementary school students, bringing in an overwhelming amount of UBC pride that MacEwan wouldn’t be able to rise against.
The team took home five spots on the U Sports All-Canadian team this year, sitting just behind reigning Vanier Cup champions Laval for the most players listed on the roster — Laval claimed six spots this year.
Even as the club has expanded its activities and focus areas, the UBC Aqua Society continues to prioritize promoting diving within the UBC student community.
The ‘Birds have had a tendency to start slowly, hitting the snooze button until the second half begins. However, the starting lineup were locked in early on Friday night as the starters were intent on pushing the pace from the jump ball, earning transition buckets at will.
Overall, the T-Birds put up 121 points in the three-game inaugural tournament, conceding only 18. The team is currently on a nine game winning streak as it turns its attention back to the BC Premier League.
The men’s team has now won four of its six events this year, while the women sit just one title behind, winning three of their six events.
“We looked like we wanted to play a soft, fancy, Harlem Globetrotter game, and it doesn’t work,” said UBC’s head coach Sven Butenschon following the loss.