‘Birds down WolfPack to earn a series sweep

The UBC Thunderbirds won 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-19) over Thompson Rivers University’s WolfPack at War Memorial Gym to win their first series of the new year and improve to 5-3 Season.

“Our word for the weekend was adaptable,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer, as the T-Birds welcomed contributions from 13 different players to victory. “I thought we were stable in all areas and it’s good to give people opportunities to play. We just haven’t had enough games in our season so far so every point is a valuable experience for us to try things. We have a lot of young players and since nobody played last season we have a lot to do for the next two weeks.”

Brynn Pasin a total team high of seven kills for UBC and added seven digs, Trinity Solecki had six kills with three aces and three digs and Courtney Hiller added four kills with two blocks and an ace.

Brooklyn Olfert had another solid offensive performance for the WolfPack with 11 kills and led TRU with seven digs while Erin Mutch had five kills with three digs and a block.

The ‘Birds started the first set strong as a Robertsen ace made it 3-0 and a Pasin kill extended the lead to 9-3. Faith Christensen took the WolfPack to five with a kill and then dropped an ace at 10-6 UBC. TRU went for a run before the technical timeout, with Olfert hitting a two-point set on a kill at 15-13 and connecting Christensen with a kill from the middle at 16-16. The T-Birds recaptured with a four-point cushion JaydeRobertson Ace at 23-19 and the home team hit set point due to a WolfPack error. Solecki ended the set for the Thunderbirds with a kill down the left flank at 25-21.

Akash Grewal v Thompson Rivers, January 15, 2022

TRU took a 5-2 lead early in the second set, but the ‘Birds went 8-7 after a Pasin kill. Solecki served two straight aces and Pasin raised with a tip to 13-7. T-bird newcomer Akash Grewal scored their first kill of the match at 19-12 UBC and the ‘Birds took the second set, 25-16, on a WolfPack serve error.

The visitors took a 4-0 lead in the third game but couldn’t maintain their momentum and UBC equalized 6-6 and took the lead with a Pasin kill. The T-Birds continued to hold an 18-10 lead before TRU assembled a 3-0 run and forced a UBC timeout at 19-16′ Birds. The Thunderbirds regrouped and won the set with a big block at 25-19.

“Trinity Western has a very different style of play,” Reimer said, as the Birds now head into a bye week before beginning preparations for a Jan. 28 series with the Spartansth and 29th. “There’s no shortage of things to work on, but it was nice to get two wins this weekend.”

TRU (0-6) is back in action this coming weekend to host the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday and Saturday in Kamloops.

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