Thunderbirds Come Back To Sweep WolfPack In Women’s Volleyball

Thunderbirds Come Back To Sweep WolfPack In Women’s Volleyball

By Larry Read

TRU Sports Information Officer


  After playing a match which their coach believed was a total breakdown, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds rallied and swept the host Thompson Rivers University WolfPack 3-0. The scores on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre were 25-16,25-16, 25-23.



The Thunderbirds rallied with a strong effort after being swept the previous night by TRU.  Danielle Brisebois (5th year, outside hitter, Bolton, ON) led the way with 18 kills  in 31 chances with two service aces and seven digs.

Iullia Pakhomenko (5th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine) had 15 kills in 38 swings with eight digs for TRU.





Iullia Pakhomenko: 15 kills in 38 opportunities, 8 digs, 1 block assist

Rachel Windhorst: 8 kills in 25 chances, 7 digs, 3 block assists

Abby Spratt: 18 assists, 3 digs, 1 block assist

Morgan Kolasa: 1 kill in 4 opportunities, 2 service aces, 3 digs, 3 block assists

Savannah Guttman: 10 assists, 2 digs


Danielle Brisebois: 18 kills in 31 swings, 2 service aces, 7 digs, 1 block assist

Maggie Li: 8 kills in 11 chances, 1 service ace, 4 digs, 2 block assists

Victoria Behie: 6 kills in 27 opportunities, 5 digs, 1 block assist

Alessandra Gentile: 21 assists, 4 digs, 2 block assists

Samantha Patko: 10 digs


UBC  5-1          TRU 4-4


TRU head coach Chad Grimm:

On Match:  "UBC came out a lot stronger, which we expected. They served the ball better. They passed the ball better. They won that portion of the game. It didn't allow us to find our flow. They kept putting pressure on us even though we were right there in a couple of sets. After 15, they made a couple of runs. In the last set, we had our chances but we didn't get it done."

Inconsistency:  "We weren't far off from yesterday but UBC was so much better than Friday. You miss a few assignments here and there and you lose by two points. That's the competitiveness of our league. Until we are a little more disciplined, the results are going to be a bit unstable."

On what positives they can take from the weekend; " A .500 weekend is better than 0 and 2. If we want to go where we want to go we have to be more consistent every single night. There is no reason why we can't pull off sweeps at home against teams like UBC. They are a good team but so are we."

Thunderbirds coach Doug Reimer:

On match: "We were definitely a different team today (in comparison to Friday's 3-0 loss). I am very proud of how they rebounded and a group. We started really well. We maintained that through the majority of the match. You don't know through a season but for us, I think this might be an important game especially going into the last few of this term."

On Play of Brisebois: "She was high on my list that way (as a leader). She was not effective last night. I think she got a bit rattled and didn't help the team as much as she can. Tonight, she showed why she is a really good player. Offensively she was outstanding and had steady play all around."

They are taking a lot from this weekend:  " One is that we have to make sure that we are ready to play in night one of the weekend. That hasn't been stellar so far this year. Last night was very weak.  We must believe that we can do what we did tonight on a nightly basis. We need to build the consistency and remember the high level of play we are capable of."



Next weekend (Nov 25-26), the WolfPack will be on the road for their final set of league matches before the Christmas break. They will be in Edmonton, Alberta visiting the MacEwan University Griffins.  The Thunderbirds will play a home and home series with the Trinity Western University Spartans beginning Friday night (Nov 25) in Vancouver.


 OF NOTE:   The "TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match" was: Pakhomenko.