by Cary Mellon, UBC Okanagan Sports Information
KELOWNA, BC - The UBC Okanagan Heat’s momentum from last night’s sweep of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack continued tonight. The Heat locked up a first ever berth in the Canada West playoffs in their first year in Canada West when they dropped the ‘Pack in three sets for a second straight night (25-16, 25-12, 25-20) at UBC’s Okanagan campus tonight in Kelowna.
Heat outside hitter Greg Niemantsverdriet (3rd year, Vernon, BC) had an outstanding game with a game high 16 kills on the match, lethal on offense as he was good on half of his attacks (.500 hitting percentage). Second for the Heat in kills was outside hitter Riley McFarland (4th year, Surrey, BC), who leveled 12 kills and had a .556 hitting percentage. As a team the Heat were very effective with a team .481 attack percentage. Team captain and setter Preston Tucker (5th year, Vernon, BC) put up 33 assists and eight digs in his last regular season game as a fifth year senior.
The ‘Pack’s Aleks Saddlemyer (5th year, Sidney, BC) put down a team high seven kills tonight. Setter Mike Hawkins (5th year, Lethbridge, AB) put up 16 assists for the WolfPack tonight. Mohamed Rehim (1st year, Cairo, Egypt) contributed 5 kills for his team.
With the win, the Heat improve to 8-12 on the season and are headed to playoffs in their first year of play in CIS. The ‘Pack close out the 2011-12 Canada West regular season with a 3-17 record.