The No. 8 ranked UBC Thunderbirds completed a weekend sweep of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies with a 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-12, 15-10) win Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
With the pair of victories, UBC opens the Canada West women's volleyball season 2-0. Saskatchewan is 0-2 after the weekend.
Tied at 20, Saskatchewan took the lead in the first set after three T-Bird attack errors in a row. A service error returned the ball to UBC and a Ciara Hanly ace put the T-Birds back within one at 23-22. But a Mackenzie Pek dump and Emily Humbert attack from the middle closed out the set 25-22.
Saskatchewan pulled out with a four-point lead to being the second set but UBC quickly found their attack and took the lead at 15-14 on a Hanly and Siobhan Finan block. UBC continued to control the set to the 25-22 win.
Similar to the second set, Saskatchewan pulled to a 4-0 lead before the T-Birds crawled back in. Trading points back-and-forth, the Huskies took a 19-18 lead on a Emmalyn Copping attack. The Huskies maintained control of the set winning 25-20.
UBC pulled out to a large 11-4 lead in the fourth set and never looked back winning 25-12.
Tied at eight in the fifth and deciding set, the T-Birds took the lead on a Saskatchewan error. UBC's attacks continued to fall into the Huskies court and allowed Saskatchewan to score just twice more. A Danielle Brisebois attack that froze the backline ended the match.
Brisebois led the T-Birds with 20 kills on the night, while Maggie Li and Victoria Behie each recorded 10. Setter Alessandra Gentile tallied a team-high 13 digs and 43 assists.
UBC returns home to host the Winnipeg Wesmen, while the Huskies travel to Edmonton to meet the MacEwan Griffins.