With a very difficult road trip to the coast to play Capilano University on Friday night and then Douglas College on Saturday, Preston, the former All-Canadian showed great leadership and confidence while playing two very tough opponents. On the Heat’s final road trip of the season, Tucker showed excellent maturity and intelligence in a tough battle against the Blues and Royals.
Tucker showed up to play on Friday night versus Capilano. He ran a good offence leading his team to a 0.333 kill efficiency, with over half of his team’s attacks being kills. Tucker would finish the night with 7 digs, 1 ace and 1 kill.
Saturday is when Tucker was counted on the most against the highly ranked Royals. Preston definitely delivered as 20 Heat points occurred with Tucker at the service line, including 5 of his team’s 12 aces. Even when the tough serving Douglas squad relentlessly attacked the Heat, Tucker was still able to produce quality set after quality set for the hitters from UBC Okanagan to attack and score. The Heat had match point
in the third set against Douglas. The Royals denied the Heat the sweep and forced a 4th set. Preston turned up his play, was confident in his teammates, and came out with a commanding 7-2 lead, eventually taking the match in four.
Coach Greg Poitras is very pleased with the leadership, improvement, and overall physical play that Tucker has developed over the last 4 years. He will continue to be a great asset and a key part of the team going into the last conference matches of the season as the number one nationally ranked team in the CCAA. The UBC Okanagan Heat are currently sitting at 11-1 and hope to continue playing at a high level going into playoffs.
The Heat will have a bye this weekend but will next see action at home Friday February 4th and Saturday February 5th. On Friday the Heat host the Camosun Chargers, Saturday the Vancouver Island Mariners will take the floor, men’s action starts at 7:45pm on both nights and the women start at 6:00pm.