UBC Okanagan commits a few too many follies at home as the visiting Manitoba Bisons got an easy pass to a 3-0 ouster of the Kelowna squad.
Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, B.C.
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KELOWNA, B.C. – Out to notch their first-ever win against a prairie opponent that has dogged them in regular and post-season play, the hometown UBC Okanagan Heat were largely their own worst enemy in an eventual victory for the visiting Manitoba Bisons 3-0 in Kelowna Friday night (25-22, 25-17, 25-22).
Now 0-7 in regular season on top of their 0-2 postseason record against Manitoba, the UBC Okanagan men's volleyball squad will have to look themselves in the mirror tonight and come out tomorrow a different team if they want to shake that Bison off of their back.
The Heat committed a total of 18 service errors over the three-set match and, when combined with other error categories, 55% of the Bison’s points came from Okanagan blunders.
“We obviously didn’t execute our game plan very well,” said second-year Heat outside hitter Lars Bornemann (Victoria, BC), who got on the board for seven kills himself. “We gave them way too much credit on their hitting.”
A downplayed plus for the Heat was their overall outperforming of the Bisons statistically otherwise. Offensively, the team went for a total of 38 kills to Manitoba’s 33. In addition, both teams matched up evenly at the net, with both posting 7.0 total blocks. Finally, the Heat’s starting libero Jeremy Fostvelt (4th year, Surrey, BC) picked up a game-high eight digs for another stat-category lead for the home team.
Third-year middle Jim Bell (Surrey, BC) was the Heat’s Player of the Game for the night as he completed a game-high 17 kill (.387) outing. His fellow third-year middle Leo Schober (Kelowna, BC) was the leading block-getter for the home team with 2.5 total blocks.
Third-year Manitoba right side hitter Devren Drear (St. Andrews, MB) led the Bisons with 14 kills (.379), also chipping in two block assists. Sophomore left side Adam DeJonckheere (Winnipeg, AB) had an efficient, all-around night with nine kills to trail second to Drear (.429) while chipping in seven digs and two block assists.
“We have a lot to work on but we’ll bring it tomorrow,” Bornemann said of the team’s eagerness to get past tonight and into tomorrow night’s game. He went on to say that the team is comfortable with being able to get past nights like this and staying positive. “[It’s about] just playing our game, not letting what the other team does to affect us.”
The Heat are now 0-5 to start the 2014-15 season, while the Bisons improve to 4-1. UBC Okanagan will regroup and retry its attempt at their first win this season and first victory over Manitoba since joining Canada West tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Stream the action from home and view live stats at canadawest.tv.