DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen were left lamenting the missed opportunities Saturday in a tough four-set loss to the defending national champions.
The UBC Thunderbirds got 12 kills apiece from Gabrielle Attieh and Anna Price, who also added 11 digs, and the returning national title-holders scraped out a 3-1 (25-16. 17-25, 25-23, 25-22) Canada West conference women's volleyball victory Saturday at the Duckworth Centre.
The Thunderbirds were held to .158 attacking on the night but found enough of an offence to come away with a win in their opening-night debut.
"The third set was crucial," Wesmen head coach Phil Hudson said. "We had a number of chances in transition but we just couldn't put the attack away and against a team like UBC you only get so many chances off defensive plays."
"(Setter) Rylie (Dickson) has been doing a really good job of just moving the ball into different positions," Parker said. "We've had a little more opportunity to go outside and I'll be hitting against one block so Rylie has done a really good job ... of us getting one block."
The T-Birds are starting a veteran lineup but it is also a roster that has very little turnover in terms of starters from a year ago.
"I'm extremely happy with how we played. We did a lot of good things," UBC head coach Doug Reimer said. "We've got some experienced players but there's a grand total of zero starters from last year's national championship team. We're going to need to find a way to get it done by committee offensively because we lost a fair bit of our offence. So that was what I was happy about. Individually, I thought we played with good discipline and a good balance of insuring that we were playing free and going for it without too many errors."
Laura Worsley had a match-high 17 digs for UBC. Winnipeg libero Madison Fyvie added 16.