TSC Weekend Round Up: February 25/26

Lots of competition means lots of wins and lots to celebrate. Read below to see how our ‘Birds did to cap off an successful February!

Table Tennis

Submitted by Gloria Yin, Marketing & Communications Executive, UBC TSC Table Tennis

Competition Summary

Our journey in San Diego began with showers of rain but ended with sunny vibes. Similarly, we began our competition journey with nervous thoughts and uncertainty but ended with happy hearts and hope for Nationals! Congratulations to all of our players who came out to play, support, cheer, and help coach!

On day 1, we played Men's Teams and Women's Singles. Our very own Men's Team placed 3rd to ensure their place at Nationals in April. Although our female players didn't directly qualify, many of our players have ratings high enough to wildcard into Nationals!

On day 2, it was time for Women's Teams and Men's Singles. Our Women's Team placed 2nd, booking them a direct position in the National competition. In Men's Singles, Edison Huang qualified for Nationals as one of the top 8 men in the region!

We look forward to playing at Nationals next month in Round Rock, Texas!

Women's Teams: 2nd Place🥈; directly qualified for Nationals!!

Men's Teams: 3rd Place🥉; directly qualified for Nationals!!

Men's Singles: Edison Huang (quarter-finalist; directly qualified for Nationals!!)

Great work by Lak Zhang for coming through during Men's Teams and upsetting several very tough players. His consistent play and explosive power on the court aided their qualification journey to Nationals!

Shoutout to Herman Lee for his stellar performances throughout the Men's Teams event! As an irreplaceable force of the team, he played out some strong rallies against top schools in the region and maintained his nerves as he played under pressure. His refined skills and invaluable experience really brought the games home!

Phenomenal job by Erainne Dai for coming back from two games down to clutch a win with a final score of 3 sets to 2! Her win secured the UBC Women's team a place in the finals–and more importantly, a direct qualification to Nationals in April!

Men's and Women's Ultimate

Submitted by Grace Du, Marketing & Communications Executive, UBC TSC Women's Ultimate 

The UBC Thunderbirds endured the frigid weather to host the 10th annual Dogwood bowl this past Saturday, showcasing the annual matchup against the UVIC Vikes as UBC’s only competition game in Canada. At this year’s tournament, we celebrated the renaming of the rivalry to Dogwood bowl to represent BC’s provincial flower. The Birds dominated 15-3 with notable performances from Ada Chang and Monica Hsu.

Submitted by Wesley Wong, Marketing & Communications Executive, UBC TSC Men's Ultimate

This past weekend, UBC faced off against a familiar opponent, UVic, in the 10th annual Dogwood Bowl. Previously called "Douglas Bowl", this showcase game often draws out alumni, family, and friends of both programs. Having played and lost against UVic earlier this year at the Santa Barbara Invite, UBC came into Saturday with some nerves but plenty of excitement to play against the Victoria squad. Loud sidelines, familiar crowds, animated commentators, and a raffle draw featuring prizes from sponsors would all culminate into an exciting couple of hours.

Though the weather proved to be dismal and on the brink of snow, UBC was nonetheless amped to show off all the hard work that they put in the last couple of weeks. As the first pull was launched, all nerves would quickly be replaced by a composed and calculated focus. The stifling defence from our d-line would lead to easy possession turns to start off the game. Shooter Kevin Tong opened up the offence with deep throws to reward well-timed hucks from d-line cutters, including Abeer Lamba and rookie Matthew Wood. Being up a couple points prior to receiving the pull, the T-birds o-line would not disappoint, either.

Having only two turnovers in the whole game, a backfield led by Yuchi Lin and Filip Kragl would display an elite level of patience and throwing prowess. Crossfield shots and great movement from the UBC handlers would make easy work of the UVic zone. With the T-Birds taking a decisive half, the focus and intensity would only heighten. The defensive pressure built up throughout the game would allow the T-Birds to pull away from the game victorious, hoisiting the Dogwood Bowl trophy to leave the tournament historical record at 5-5.

Though this game was unsanctioned, this game gives just a taste of the potential of UBC that we will be able to see next weekend, where the birdies will be attending the Stanford Invite.

Nordic Skiing

Submitted by Rachel Bates, Marketing & Communications Executive, UBC TSC Nordic Skiing

Athletes hit the pain cave at the P'ayak Loppet this weekend! Big shoutout to Fiona, Josh, Erika, and Rachel for completing the 50k in some tough conditions, and to Chloe and Tilda for finishing 2nd and 3rd in 18-24 Women!

Chloe Walc and Tilda Cressman after big finishes at Whistler!


Submitted by Nicole Eastman, Marketing & Communications Executive, UBC TSC Nordic Skiing

Sailors travelling from all across the country joined UBC for a chilly weekend at West Vancouver Yacht Club for the Canadian Collegiate Match Racing Nationals. University of Victoria, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Dalhousie University all attended, sailing in teams of four on J-22s in exciting one-on-one races.

The sailors competed in extreme conditions - braving below freezing temperatures, snow, high-wind days, and low wind days. Day three of races even started off with sailors shovelling snow off of the boats! The races were not your typical conditions, and every team performed spectacularly in the ever-changing conditions. UBC’s team, consisted of Simen Sandester (helm), Zach Thompson (mainsail trim), Angela Ying (jib trim), and Sophia Moiseyenko (bow). UBC performed well, winning 2 out of 6 races in the round robin. Unfortunately, UBC was eliminated early on in the elimination rounds.

UBC's sailors battling the winds at Match Racing Nationals.