Female second star – Danielle Brisebois
UBC Thunderbirds volleyball
Tournament log: Friday, March 17 – 22 kills, eight digs, and an ace in 3-1 W vs. Western in national QF / Saturday, March 18 – 16 kills, nine digs, and five block assists in 3-0 W vs. Trinity Western in national SF / Sunday, March 19 – 20 kills, eight digs, and four block assists in 3-1 W vs. Alberta in national final.
Fifth-year UBC outside hitter Danielle Brisebois capped off her varsity career by leading the UBC Thunderbirds to the U SPORTS Women's Volleyball Championship title Sunday in Toronto, and winning the tournament's Most Valuable Player honour.
Brisebois had 22 kills, eight digs and a service in UBC's 3-1 quarter-final win over Western on Friday. The Arts student from Bolton, Ont., had an efficient .421 hitting percentage.
She had another complete performance in Saturday's semifinal against Trinity Western. In a 3-0 sweep, Brisebois knocked down 16 kills, dug nine balls, and put up five block assists to record 18.5 points to lead all players.
In the championship final, she was again close to unstoppable, winning Player of the Game recognition after registering a game-high 20 kills and 22 points. Brisebois also had four block assists and a hitting percentage of .356.
After her last-ever university match, Brisebois won the well-deserved accolades of Championship Most Valuable Player, and Tournament All-Star (for the second time in her career).
Her 58 total kills, 5.27 kills per set, 64 points overall, and 5.8 points per set were all the most of any player in the tournament.
The national title added to UBC’s U SPORTS-leading championship total, as the win on Sunday was the 11th in program history.