Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
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Kelowna, BC - 11 kills by rookie Lars Bornemann (1st year, Victoria, BC), coupled with 12 total team blocks, fueled the 2-8 Heat men's volleyball in their straight-set 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-22) upset victory over the third-ranked UBC Thunderbirds Friday evening from Kelowna.
A 25-16 first set was dominated by the Heat, due largely in part to smart ball distribution by setter Kristof Schlagintweit (2nd year, Abbottsford, BC). Schlagintweit ran an unpredictable offense that saw six Heat players connect on at least one kill in the set (Speijer, Bornemann, Wilson, Swiatlowski, Bell, and Pankratz), which both confused and neutralized the UBC block.
The 11 kills by Bornemann over the three sets were supplemented by that of Nate Speijer (5th year, Penticton, BC), Alex Swiatlowski (2nd year, Victoria, BC), and Jim Bell (2nd year, Surrey, BC), who combined for a total of 27 kills over the course of the three sets. A noticeably taller Heat squad was able to keep the Thunderbird offense at bay on the net as well, out-blocking their opponents by 6 (12-6). Further, UBC Okanagan only committed 12 total errors on the evening, while UBC committed 21.
The second and third set played extremely close, but a young UBC Okanagan team refused to relinquish control to their sister institution in UBC, riding an ever-changing wave of momentum en route to two close set victories to earn the sweep.
"It was a very well executed game for us, I thought", said Heat head coach Greg Poitras post-game. "I felt that during the week that UBC was a beatable team, and that if we executed correctly, we could win."
When asked about whether or not he bought into the hype surrounding the UBC vs. UBC rivalry, and whether or not he built that into practice leading up to Friday, Poitras was quick to deny its importance.
"This is just another game for us," added Poitras. "Some of the guys [Speijer, Fostvelt] I'm sure drew from our first victory over UBC two years ago, but for me, it was just another game".
For the Thunderbirds, Alex Russell lead the way with 10 kills, while Noah Derksen added 7 kills. However, as a team, UBC was only able to hit .099 on the evening - 241 points worse than the Heat (.340).
The win sees the Heat improve to 3-10, while the loss will drop the Thunderbirds to 9-4.
With tonight’s win UBC Okanagan climbs to 3-4 in Kelowna, and the Heat will hope to continue to be tough at home when they will resume the UBC-UBC weekend series tomorrow from UBC’s Okanagan campus gym, with the first set scheduled for 7 p.m. PST. Watch the action at canadawest.tv.