Although the Heat are 3-1 in Kelowna versus UBC, they are now 0-3 in Vancouver against the T-Birds after Friday nights loss. Try for a win Saturday at 7 p.m.
Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
VANCOUVER, BC– The UBC Okanagan Heat fell in four sets as the No. 5 UBC Thunderbirds won their fourth straight Canada West men's volleyball match on Halloween night at War Memorial Gym in Vancouver.
The set scores were 25-23, 25-15, 19-25 and 25-21.
Jim Bell, starting as a leftside, led all players with 18 kills. Lars Bornemann had 11 while Joshua Harvey added 10 for UBC Okanagan. Mac McNicol and Irvan Brar each gave UBC 14 kills while Jarrid Ireland chipped in with 11.
UBC Okanagan had extended the match, after losing the first two sets, by claiming the third, which the hosts led 6-3 early on. However, Bornemann knocked down a kill to start a 5-0 run to help the Heat take the lead 8-6. Kristof Schlagintweit provided the assist on the kill and then went back to serve. His two aces were part of four consecutive points the Heat won on his serve. Schlagintweit ended the match with 39 assists.
Despite the slim two-point advantage, UBC Okanagan didn't trail again in the third set. While UBC tied the proceedings at 11-11 with a McNicol kill, the Heat pushed back with an 8-3 run, which was again capped off by a Schlagintweit ace. The teams traded points from there and UBC Okanagan finished off with a Harvey kill.
UBC jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the fourth set but that margin was diminished as the Heat rolled off a 5-1 run to close to within two points at 15-13. A kill from Bell tied the set at 17-17 but the T-Birds replied. A kill from Brar and a service ace from Howe helped UBC regain the lead and was part of an 8-4 finish by the home team that clinched the victory.
The opening game was close from beginning to end. UBC gained a bit of separation late going on a 4-0 run to take a 20-16 lead, but a Harvey kill and an Alex Swiatlowski service ace started a 6-2 UBC Okanagan streak that knotted things up 22-22, when the Heat lost three of the final four points to lose the set.
The second set also began as a tight, back-and-forth battle as Jim Bell's kill tied the score at nine points apiece, then the Heat allowed the Thunderbirds to take control with a pair of 8-2 surges to cap off the set.
UBC is now 6-1 after the victory while UBC Okanagan still seek their first win at 0-7. The teams face off again on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Gym.
~ With notes from Wilson Wong (UBC Sports Information)