Friday September 21, 2012
University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
Fe Voleibol Argentino def. the UBC Okanagan Heat 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18)
In the first of two exhibition games against the Argentinian U23 squad, the Heat came out strong but eventually fell to Fe Voleibol Argentino 3 sets to 1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18). An electric crowd sparked the Heat early, who looked impressive in their second exhibition game so far this season. All Heat players saw significant minutes, while Argentina played the majority of their starters in preparation for the Pan American Cup in Langley, B.C, which runs from September 25th to the 30th. Despite the result, Heat head coach Greg Poitras was happy with his team’s performance.
“We adjusted well to their style of play, which is different from the type of play we’re used to [in the CIS],” remarked Poitras. “I just think we need to execute a little better.”
Considering the hype surrounding the Argentinians, who are not only the favourites to win the Pan Am Cup, but look to do it with a U21 squad, the Heat made an impressive showing, fighting for every point. Also impressive was the play of many first-year Heat players.
Added Poitras, “We expect our new guys to be ready, and be impact players for our team. That’s why they are here.”
The Heat will face the Argentinian U23 team for the second time on Saturday, September 22nd at UBC Okanagan Gymnasium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.