UBC beats Alberta 3-1 to win Canadian university women's volleyball title

TORONTO — The UBC Thunderbirds beat the Alberta Pandas 3-1 on Sunday to win their 11th Canadian university women's volleyball championship.

UBC won 25-22, 25-20, 13-25, 25-20.

Championship MVP Danielle Brisebois led the Thunderbirds, who earned their first national banner since 2013, with 20 kills and 22 points.

Brisebois worked at a .356 hitting efficiency while adding eight digs in the final post-secondary match of her career. Maggie Li added 11 kills, while Alessandra Gentile chipped in with 37 set assists and two kills.

"I was just really impressed in our consistency of play, especially in our first two sets," said Thunderbirds head coach Doug Reimer. "Then we had a hiccup in the third set and start of the fourth. Our ability to battle back and there were tons of turning points in there. One of the great things about our sport is that you can make a lot of errors and still win."

Added Brisebois: "Alberta had a really good tournament. I felt they dominated the first two games and they definitely brought that same attitude (Sunday). We knew we had to stay point for point with them if we wanted a chance in the end."

Earlier Sunday, the Trinity Western Spartans overcame a two-set deficit to defeat the Montreal Carabins 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-11) to claim the bronze medal.

Sophie Carpentier had a game-high 27.5 points, picking up 19 kills and seven aces for the Spartans, while Elizabeth Wendel added 15 kills.

Trinity Western claimed its third national medal in a row after taking gold and silver in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

"I was really pleased with the way we performed, we showed a lot of resilience not only in that after a tough loss yesterday," said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. "With broken hearts they came in and just wanted to end their season on a really high note."

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