The two best women’s volleyball teams in Canadian Interuniversity Sport will be going head-to-head this weekend in Vancouver when the Brandon University Bobcats visit the UBC Thunderbirds.
The Bobcats are second in the CIS rankings and in Canada West with an 11-3 record and hope to hand the No. 1 Thunderbirds (14-0) their first loss of the season. UBC is a solid team led by Brandon native Lisa Barclay, who tops the conference with 4.24 kills and 4.93 points per set and is seventh with 0.36 aces per set. Three Thunderbird players are in the top seven for most aces in Canada West and the team has a solid presence in the middle as well.
Brandon counters with an attack led by Shanlee McLennan (3.48 kills per set) and Meaghan Robertson (.371 attack percentage) and a strong block led by Lexi Loewen (1.27 per set). The two teams play today at 8 p.m., and again on Saturday.
The Bobcat and Thunderbird men’s volleyball teams will follow the women’s matches on both days. The seventh-ranked Bobcats (7-7) will try to snap their two-match losing streak against a tough UBC team (9-5) that’s ranked fifth in the country.
UBC features the conference’s most efficient hitter in Alex Russell, who is successful on 46.1 per cent of his swings, as well as Milan Nikic, who leads Canada West with 0.48 aces per set. Brandon counters with Sam Tuivai, who averages 3.45 kills per set, and Dan Boutwell, who is fifth in the conference with a .385 attack percentage and averages 1.23 blocks per set.
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