Women’s Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
Jack Simpson Gymnasium, Calgary, AB
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Calgary, AB - In a return to her home-town of Calgary, Megan Festival (2nd year) energized a lethargic Heat team early, and continued to power her team the rest of the way in defeat of the Calgary Dinos 3-0 (25-22, 25-8, 25-20) Saturday evening from the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.
A sluggish start by the Heat allowed Calgary to gain the early 13-10 advantage, but Megan Festival would rally her team with three kills as the Heat jumped out in front 15-13. Momentum would swing back in Calgary's favour, however, as they would score the next three points to head into the technical time-out up 16-13. Not to be outdone, the Heat would wrestle the momentum away to tie the game at 19-19, and would continue their strong play en route to the 25-22 first set victory.
From there on out the Heat remained in control, and despite Calgary pressure in the third set, the game was never in doubt for the club from UBC Okanagan.
"We had a slow start, but once we settled in we played well," said Heat head coach Steve Manuel following the game. "Megan Festival was on fire, and our play from the middle was strong."
Festival would finish the game with 12 kills, while providing defensive support as well with 19 digs and five block assists. Kaitlynn Given (2nd year, Kelowna, BC) would add 12 kills as well for the Heat, and Katie Wuttunee (3rd year, North Vancouver, BC) would tally five of her seven kills in the third set, in addition to six block assists that came throughout the three sets.
As a team, the Heat hit a remarkable .388 over the course of the three set match, with no Heat hitter hitting under .270. The Heat also out-dug (60-42) and out-blocked (10-6) their opponents, in addition to only committing three attack errors - a remarkable stat for any team.
"As a team we went in with a game plan, and it was nice to see that plan executed well," added team captain Jill Festival (5th year, Calgary, AB). Jill would contribute three of the Heat's nine service aces in the match.
The win keeps the straight-set streak alive for the Heat, who have now won five straight games and 15 straight sets.
With the win, the Heat now move to second place in the Canada West standings at 9-2, while the Dinos fall to 4-7 to sit at 8th.
Both teams will resume the weekend series tomorrow from the Jack, with the Dinos hosting the Heat at 12 p.m. PST.