Women’s Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
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Kelowna, BC - The unbeaten set streak continues for the Heat women's volleybal team, who are now winners of twelve straight sets after their Saturday night victory 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 27-25) over the Winnipeg Wesmen.
It was truly a concerted effort by all members of the Heat squad in their fourth straight victory. Middles Katy Klomps (3rd year, Surrey, BC) and Katie Wuttunnee (3rd year, North Vancouver, BC) were dominant from the middle, combining for 23 kills and 5.5 blocks. From the outside, Megan Festival (2nd year, Calgary, AB) and Brianna Beamish (3rd year, Surrey, BC) each contributed 10 kills and 9 kills respectively to make for an extremely unruly inside-outside attack that had Chandler Proch (3rd year, Kelowna, BC) at the helm in her first start of the season.
Despite the offensive prowess, perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Heat's game on this night came from the back-row. Player of the Game Lenai Schmidt (5th year, Vernon, BC) played a fantastic game from her libero position, collecting 24 of the Heat's 66 digs - many of which came at crucial junctures throughout the match.
"Our passing was exceptionally good tonight," stated Heat head coach Steve Manuel following the game. "That allowed us to run a varied offense, and attack from a lot of difference places."
On the Winnipeg side, the Wesmen were once again led by Ozana Nikolic and Carleen Kruschel, who combined for 24 kills over the three set match. However, behind Nikolic and Kruschel, the Wesmen offense was almost non-existent, as only two Wesmen hitters had over two kills in the match.
It was a game in which the Heat were in control for almost the entirety of the match, besides a slight scare in the third set which saw the Wesmen come back from 23-22 to push the set into extra points. Despite the Wesmen pressure, the Heat remained focused, and Megan Festival came up with back-to-back kills at 25-25 to win the set for the Heat 27-25.
"Hats off to Winnipeg; they are a tough team," finished Manuel. "They pushed us, but we did a great job responding."
The Heat's record now sits at 8-2, as UBC Okanagan has not lost a set since November 8th. As for the Wesmen, they retreat to 3-7.
The final weekend series of 2013 will see the Wesmen return home to host the 5-5 Alberta Pandas, while the Heat will make their way to Calgary, AB to face the 4-6 Dinos.