The T-Birds ended a two-year title streak for their Canada West rivals the Trinity Western Spartans.
They needed to win against the Winnipeg Wesmen in the bronze medal match to book their ticket to the U Sports championships — they did just that on Friday night.
For the Thunderbirds, their team captain is not only a scoring presence but also a reliable leader and role model.
"Hats off to them, they played a really complete match and they made us have to be our best today — and we weren't our best."
“Our whole team came out with a lot of energy and drive, not letting balls hit the ground, and going after everything.”
"We get the luxury now of sitting back and watching tomorrow and potentially the next day and seeing who we end up getting, and we'll start preparing for them at that point.”
“It’s good to get a win after last time we played them [and] we lost. It just brings our confidence up against this team."
“We’re already mentally checked in or focusing on next week and our playoff [matches] that will start on Thursday.”
Last season, the Bisons put a stop to the ’Birds playoff run early, defeating UBC on their home court in two games — the teams haven't faced each other since.
Disappointing but not heartbreaking, as the 'Birds did take home a victory on Friday — giving the Spartans their first home loss in of 2018.
"To be a presence here and to show what university track is all about is equally important for us.”
The team now sits comfortably in second place in Canada West — they've already solidified a playoff spot, with six games to go in regular season.
For the women’s hockey team members, the game on Friday, January 12, was more than a conventional conference game.
On Friday, it took four sets but the ’Birds took home the win in the end. They closed out the weekend with a straight sets win on Saturday.
For many students, it’s tough to hit one's stride right out the gate after a long winter break. For the UBC men’s volleyball team, it was no different.