The UBC Heat women’s volleyball team beat the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack in four sets (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21) Saturday morning at the West Coast Classic, hosted by UBC’s Vancouver campus and Trinity Western University. The Heat’s afternoon match versus the host UBC Thunderbirds did not go as well, with the Heat falling to the T-Birds in four sets (25-21, 13-25, 16-25, 21-25). With the win and loss the Heat’s preseason record sits at five wins and four losses.
In the match versus the WolfPack, freshman outside hitter Brianna Beamish (Surrey, BC) played well with 14 kills, outside hitter Myrte Schön (3rd year, Langley, BC) contributed with 14 kills as well. Another freshman outside hitter Kate DeJong (Calgary, AB) and middle Kendra Wayling (3rd year, Castlegar, BC) both recorded 3 blocks, with Wayling also tallying 16 digs. Beamish had her serve going as she recorded seven aces in the four set match.
Heat bench boss Steve Manuel was pleased with his team’s quick turnaround performance after falling to the Trinity Western Spartans Friday night.
“Solid performance by our younger players,” said Manuel, “they worked through their nerves and stepped up their game. Beamish had some monster kills; the outside and Kate DeJong blocked well for us. TRU played well, we were just able to find a way to get it done this morning.”
The Thunderbirds will likely be the preseason number one ranked team in Canada, as such the young Heat were in for stiff test. Beamish again was a force finishing the afternoon match with 12 kills, from the middle Katy Klomps (1st year, Surrey, BC) and Emily Carroll (2nd year, Surrey, BC) both tallied five kills. Klomps contributed with two blocks, setter Chandler Proch (2nd year, Kelowna, BC) and outside hitter Alex Basso (4th year, Kelowna, BC) both had eight digs.
“We played well for the first set and a half,” added Manuel after the T-Birds matchup. “We won the first one [set] and controlled the start of the 2nd. But we could not maintain the focus or intensity needed to stay ahead of another top team. Our young squad is doing great and learning a great deal about what it takes to be good in this league.”
The Heat finish up the West Coast Classic tomorrow morning at 11:15 A.M. as the take on the University of Alberta. This will be their last preseason matchup before the start of league play. The Heat open up their Canada West schedule with a two game home stand when they host the University of Winnipeg Oct. 28 and 29, games start at 6:00 P.M.