“It took me coming to a game and seeing it live to realize how much I missed it."
Patko lead the Thunderbirds in digs the previous three seasons and has been a defensive presence the team missed desperately in the opening games of the 2018/19 season.
Revenge, a year later, is sweet.
From Thursday, November 8 to Sunday, November 11, the UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer team will be hosting the U Sports national championships here on campus — The Ubyssey is here to keep you updated all weekend.
As we enter into a new season for the UBC volleyball teams, expectations remain high though their are several new faces on each roster.
UBC is going into the weekend sitting atop the table with seven wins and one tie.
Thunderbirds libero Sam Patko earned the player of the game award, while U Sports rookie of the year Kiera Van Ryk and team captain Alessandra Gentile put in standout performances for the T-Birds.
For the Dinos, it would be their first Canada West title since 2005.
"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’re playing better basketball than we did earlier in the year…,” UBC head coach Deb Huband said post-game. “We’ll see what we can do in the post-season starting next week.”
It wasn't the prettiest weekend for the T-Birds.
Seeming to sway from power to precision play, the home side would continue to control the Canada West with a straight set win on Friday night — thought it did not come easy.
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.
"It's been the story our whole season, you know showing the fight to get back to 2-2 and ... penalties is pretty much a toss-up, so definitely proud of the guys."