Opening weekend in Edmonton has UBC Okanagan defeating MacEwan and Mount Royal.
Women’s Volleyball (Canada West exhibition play)
EDMONTON, AB – Playing three matches in three days resulted in two wins for the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team as the Canada West semi-finalists bested host MacEwan and Mount Royal, before falling to the Brandon Bobcats on Saturday, October 20.
The trip to Edmonton not only featured a match every evening but the Heat would train during the day, many times in split squad style with the other Canada West teams.
“It was a great weekend of competition with a lot of learning along the way,” said head coach Steve Manuel, now in his fourteenth year at the helm. “I believe that we have all the necessary pieces for a very successful season, we have three weeks now to prepare for the start of league play."
Thu Sep 18 vs MacEwan - W 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 30-32, 25-16, 15-13)
Fri Sep 19 vs Mount Royal - W 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-20)
Sat Sep 20 vs Brandon - L 3-1 (25-23, 25-12, 19-25, 25-20)
On Thursday, playing in the featured game of the night against the host team MacEwan Griffins—newcomers to the CIS—the Heat would close out what Manuel would label as a “good character win”, and on twitter he noted that UBC Okanagan received a “good performance from some new faces tonight.”
One of those new faces was first year 6’1” outside hitter Siobhan Fitzpatrick, the Immaculata grad redshirted 2013-14 but led the team with 17 kills in the match. Third year Megan Festival followed with 16 kills, and sophpomore Michelle Jakszuk with 15. Chandler Proch set a solid match for the Heat, and did a god job mixing up her attack options indicated Manuel. Proch’s teammate from Kelowna Secondary, Kailin Jones, was back from a red shirt year, Manuel also indicated that it was also “great to have Jones back out on the floor.”
Against Mount Royal on Friday night coach Manuel was impressed with his team in the straight sets victory.
"I like what I see from our team. They are working hard on the things that we need to do in order to be successful when it really matters. Our veterans are picking up from where they left off last season and our younger players are showing great promise."
Veteran Myrte Schön, another longtime member of the team who red shirted last season, led the offence versus the Cougars with 10 kills. Fourth year middle Katy Klomps finished with 9, and the other starting middle, Katie Wuttunee with 7. Brianna Beamish with 8 (in just a set and a half), and Fitzpatrick with 6 kills in the first two sets. Emily Oxland set in what Manuel simply stated was “a solid match.”
The Saturday afternoon match was more indicative of September volleyball as Manuel thought his team was not sharp versus the Brandon Bobcats.
“We definitely showed that this was preseason today,” he said. “We made a bunch of mental errors and just could not get into any kind of rhythm. The players showed some great fight though, several times we fell behind but chipped away at the deficit to stay in the match.”
In the four set loss, Brianna Beamish was good for 14 kills to lead UBC Okanagan. Megan Festival and Katie Wuttunee chipped in 9 each.
This Friday in Kamloops, the Heat will take on Thompson Rivers at the Tournament Capital Centre, first serve is at 7 p.m.
The Heat women’s volleyball team will by hosting the 21st Annual High School Open Senior Girls’ Volleyball Tournament at the UBC Okanagan and several other local schools next Friday and Saturday (Oct 3-4).
Canada West play will begin sooner this year than in year’s past with the addition of MacEwan, the 24 game conference schedule begins back in Edmonton on October 10 – 11 with a pair of games versus Alberta.
The home opener for the volleyball team will be Friday, October, 17 at 6 p.m. versus Trinity Western. Saturday the rematch will have first serve at 6 p.m. both games to be played in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
Griffins/Pandas Pre-season Tournament complete results
Hosted at the Saville Centre and MacEwan City Centre campus
Thursday, Sept 18
Brandon def. Alberta 3-2 (27-15, 25-21, 25-27, 21-25, 15-12)
Calgary def. Saskatchewan 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-13
UBC def. Mount Royal 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-14)
UBC Okanagan def. MacEwan 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 30-32, 25-16, 15-13)
Friday, Sept 19
Alberta def. Calgary 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-15, 25-17)
MacEwan def. Saskatchewan 3-1 (25-14, 27-25, 19-25, 25-20)
Brandon def. UBC 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 25-16)
UBC Okanagan def. Mount Royal 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-20)
Saturday Sept 20
UBC def. Alberta 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 15-12)
Mount Royal def. Saskatchewan 3-1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-13, 25-23)
MacEwan def. Calgary 3-2 (25-21, 18-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-3)
Brandon def. UBC Okanagan 3-1 (25-23, 25-12, 19-25, 25-20)