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.
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is usually home to UBC's men's and women's hockey teams. Next week, the arena will be home to another brand of skater: Canada's best figure skaters.
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.
“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.”
"All of our guys, especially in the first and second set, we served really well, and it was all six guys serving aggressively. All six guys have the potential to earn points for us, and that's what we need to win at this level."
"We don't have to be great, we have to be good for a long period of time," he said. "Being great doesn't matter if you give it all away."
“We had a hard time keeping our consistency. All credit to [Calgary], they made [it] a hard time for us.”
The Thunderbirds managed to show their strength on the court and take home a win on both occasions this weekend against UBCO.
The team heads into playoffs on a two-game win streak and with some fire in their bellies.
“There were a couple of challenges for the girls in this game,” said UBC Head Coach Doug Reimer. “We’ve got people coming off from injuries, so I think mentally it was hard for us to play well for a long time in the third day [of the tournament].”
UBC’s collaboration on the court successfully suppressed the opponent’s attack, widening the gap set by set before finally taking down the WolfPack 25-15 to seal their fate.