Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
Jack Simpson Gymnasium, Calgary, AB
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Calgary, AB -
The effects of Saturday's deflating five-set loss to the Dinos seemed to carry over the Sunday's contest, as the Heat men's volleyball team were unable to solve Calgary attack in a straight set loss 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-17) from the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.
The Heat would dig themselves into early holes in all three sets, and despite strong play in the latter portions, the point differential was too large to overcome. This was most evident in the second set, which saw Calgary jump out to the 16-7 advantage. The Heat would claw their way back within one at 21-20, but errors down the stretch would cost the Heat the set 25-22.
Nate Speijer (5th year, Penticton, BC) would provide the majority of the offense once again in this contest with 14 kills, but like the majority of the Heat's losses this season, the rest of the UBC Okanagan attack was relatively non-existent behind Speijer.
Heat head coach Greg Poitras elected to make some compositional changes to the Heat lineup throughout the course of the game, injecting Connor Loewen (1st year, Kelowna, BC), Kris McCrea (1st year, Port Moody, BC), and Chris Wilson (1st year, Surrey, BC) at times in hopes of an offensive spark. All three rookies played well in limited action, but were unable to make the needed impact that Poitras was looking for.
Last night's hero, Greg Mann (5th year, Brisbane AUS), was quiet in the second meeting between the Heat and Dinos with 8 kills, but Keith West (1st year, Lethbridge, AB) was happy to oblige the offensive needs of the Dinos with 15 kills in the Calgary victory.
The first set saw the tightest play of the entire match, with 16 tie scores and seven lead changes as the teams went back and forth until the late stages. From a 17-17 tie, however, the Dinos took over to score three straight, giving as the Heat fell 25-21 win in the first.
The second was all Dinos until near the end, as Calgary opened up a commanding 16-7 lead at the break. The Heat responded with a run of its own after the technical time out but never managed to tie the score, and Calgary hung on for the 25-22 win.
In the third, play was again close for the first five points before UBC Okanagan allowed Calgary to take advantage and stretched out to an 8-5 lead and the Heat were never able to get back, AS the Dinos slid to a 25-17 win to send the Heat home after three straight.
On the day, the Dinos held a 41-31 advantage in blocking and a 30-26 edge in digs, while UBC Okanagan managed to out-block the Dinos by an 8-5 margin.
The 2013 portion of the Canada West volleyball season sees the Heat record stand at 2-10. Meanwhile, Calgary closes out 2013 with a record of 7-5.
UBC Okanagan will take a short break from volleyball for the remainder of December, but will resume play on January 10th and 11th as they play host to the UBC Thunderbirds at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium.
- With notes from Ben Matchett (Assistant Athletic Director, Operations & Communications. Dinos Athletics | University of Calgary)