Columbia athletics

‘Birds down WolfPack to win the series sweep

VANCOUVER — The UBC Thunderbirds picked up a 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-19) victory over the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack at War Memorial Gym to sweep their first series of the new year and move to 5-3 the regular season.

“Our word for the weekend was adaptable,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer, as the T-Birds welcomed contributions from 13 different players in the win. “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 an experience valuable for us to try things out. We have a lot of young players, and as nobody played last season, that gives us a lot to do for the next two weeks.”

Brynn Pasin had seven kills for UBC and added seven digs, Trinity Solecki had six kills with three aces and three digs, and Courtney Hillier added four kills with two blocks and an ace.

Brooklyn Olfert had another strong 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 strong in the first set as an ace from Robertsen made it 3-0 and a kill from Pasin extended the lead to 9-3. Faith Christensen brought the WolfPack within five on a kill, then dropped an ace at 10-6 UBC. TRU made a run before the technical timeout with Olfert making a two-point set on a kill at 15-13 and Christensen matching it with a middle kill at 16-16. The T-Birds took over a four-point pad with a Jayde Robertsen ace at 23-19 and the home team reached set point on a WolfPack error. Solecki closed the set for the Thunderbirds with a left side kill at 25-21.

Akash Grewal vs. Thompson Rivers, January 15, 2022

TRU took a 5-2 lead early in the second set, but the ‘Birds took an 8-7 lead on a Pasin kill. Solecki served back-to-back aces and Pasin made it 13-7 on a tip. T-Bird Recruit Akash Grewal scored his first kill of the match at 19-12 UBC and the ‘Birds won the second set, 25-16, on a WolfPack serve error.

The visitors took a 4-0 lead in the third but couldn’t sustain their momentum and UBC tied the game at 6-6 and took the lead on an attack by Pasin. The T-Birds continued to hold an 18-10 advantage before TRU pulled off a 3-0 run and forced a timeout on UBC 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 series with the Spartans on Jan. 28.and and 29and. “We’re not short of things to work on, but it was good to get two wins this weekend.”

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