Offence sizzles as Thunderbirds sweep Cougars

Offence sizzles as Thunderbirds sweep Cougars

Aaron Martin/UBC Thunderbirds

VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds women's volleyball team (15-4) served up one of their most dominant performances of the season on Friday night, needing just three sets to dispose of the Regina Cougars (3-18) at War Memorial Gym.

Final set scores were 25-8, 25-13, and 25-11

Fifth-year outside hitter Danielle Brisebois led the way for a balanced UBC attack, as the Bolton, Ont., product posted 11 kills, two aces, four blocks, and four digs on the evening. Juliana Kaufmanis was right behind with eight kills and another pair of aces, while setters Olivia Furlan (24) and Alessandra Gentile (16) combined for 40 assists.

Haley Wagar had four kills to lead Regina, while Molly Wade-Cummings and Jenna Krahn recorded three apiece. Krahn and Jordin Gudmundson tied for the team lead with five digs each.

"I thought offensively, we executed very well tonight," said UBC head coach Doug Reimer. "We really didn't give up too much in the way of unforced errors, and I thought we controlled the bell well for the most part."

The 'Birds set the tone for the rest of the contest early, opening the first set on a 7-1 run. Eight players racked up at least a single kill for the home side in that first frame, as UBC ran roughshod over the Cougars to the tune of a 25-8 win. Cicon and Brisebois led the T-Birds with four kills apiece as the team posted 18 in the set, tied for the second-highest total UBC has posted in any single frame this season (behind the 19 they posted against Calgary in the fourth set of their 3-1 win last Friday).

"I thought both of our setters did a really good job," said Reimer of the first set's offensive display. "We used our height and power well, and really, it came down to execution, and I thought we did that well."

The second stanza was a much more balanced affair in the early going. Krahn knocked down a kill to give Regina a 5-4 advantage. UBC re-gained the lead but was ahead just 12-10 before a 7-0 run, featuring three kills from Victoria Behie and three from Kaufmanis, put the 'Birds well out in front at 19-10.

The newcomers closed out the set for UBC. Up 20-12, rookie Gabrielle Attieh dropped a pair of back-to-back aces, before Furlan picked up a kill then teamed up with transfer Maggie Li for the set-sealing block, giving the 'Birds the 25-13 win.

The third frame seemed like a repeat of the first, with UBC storming out to a 9-1 lead off the bat. The Cougars couldn't recover from that initial deficit, as the 'Birds cruised to the 25-11 win.

The 'Birds will look to complete the sweep tomorrow night, as the rematch between UBC and Regina is scheduled for a 5 p.m. (PT) start at War Memorial Gym.

IMAGE CREDIT: Wilson Wong/UBC Thunderbirds