In a rematch of the Canada West Championship, the top seeded Calgary Dinos took on the third seeded UBC Thunderbirds at PEPS Gymnasium (Quebec City, QC). After both teams suffered 3-1 losses, they look to bounce back and come home with a National medal.
Set 1: 27-25 UBC
Set 2: 25-19 Calgary
Set 3: 25-19 UBC
Set 4: 25-16 UBC
An exciting back and forth matchup had these two Canada West power house teams taking every inch they can get, scraping together points. Down the stretch, Kiera Van Ryk (UBC) put a couple down the line to force extra points, and give her T-Birds the push they needed. They would eventually come out on top in a 27-25 win in the first set.
Set two saw the the Dinos come back to their usual form, taking a three to four point lead for the majority of the set. At the technical timeout, they led 16-12, and didn’t look back from there. Riding the lead all the way to a 25-19 set win, tying the game up at one set each.
The third brought the T-Birds back with a vengeance, getting out to an 11-5 lead quickly. Going into the technical timeout, UBC led 16-12, thanks in large part to the stellar play of libero Samantha Patko. UBC would end the set 25-19, putting them one set away from a medal.
The fourth saw a lot of similarities to the third. UBC came out early and hard, launching themselves to a big lead quickly. Their dominance took them to their best possible scenario, a Bronze medal, after a 25-16and 3-1 win over the Calgary Dinos.
UBC was led by:
- Kiera Van Ryk: 20 kills, 5 total blocks
- Danae Shephard: 7 total blocks, 5 kills
Calgary was led by:
- Kate Pexman: 12 kills, 6 digs
The UBC Thunderbirds are the 2018 U SPORTS Women’s Volleyball Bronze Medalists.
Photos courtesy: Alex D’Addese/ Canadian University Sports Network