Women's Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
|(3) UBC Okanagan
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REGINA, SK – The No. 3-ranked UBC Okanagan Heat took care of the Regina Cougars in three sets on Friday night in Canada West women's volleyball on the U of R campus at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
“It's never easy to win on the road, I am happy with our performance tonight,” simply states head coach Steve Manuel on his team’s win in Regina and their fifth consecutive victory.
The Heat tore out of the gates with a big 25-8 win in the first, hitting .346 as a team and getting four kills by outside hitter Kaitlynn Given and five blocks by middle Katy Klomps in the opening set alone.
“It was a nice balanced match tonight. Our outside hitters carried the load on offense and our middles did their damage at the net with their block,” Manuel states.
The second and third sets were more closely contested, but both resulted in 25-21 wins for UBC Okanagan. The second was actually tied 20-20 before a late 5-1 rally by the Heat gave them a commanding 2-0 lead in the match, and the visitors never trailed in their victory in the third.
Given and Megan Festival both ended up with a team-high eight kills for UBC Okanagan, while Brianna Beamish had seven and Klomps and Katie Wuttunee both had six. Klomps was a force at the net for the Heat, registering 12 blocks as UBC Okanagan had 14 as a team over the three-set match.
“We controlled the match from the start,” said Klomps who is averaging 1.55 blocks per set the fourth best mark in the country. “We had a really good feeling on our side and worked as a team very well. We all finished feeling really good about the game but have a few things to work on in tomorrow's match.”
Wuttunee entered the match as Canada West’s leader in hitting percentage and that only got better on Friday, as her six kills came on just seven attempts as she improves from .349 to .366 on the season.
Libero Kailin Jones added a team-high 10 digs for UBC Okanagan, which improves its Canada West record to 9-4 with the win.
Tori Glynn led all players in both kills (9) and digs (14) for the Cougars (3-8).
“Tonight was another step forward for our team,” says Friday night kill leader Kaitlynn Given. “We have been working a lot on the small stuff and just improving our game as a whole.”
The Heat will keep working on stuff when they meet again at the CKHS on Saturday night at 3 p.m. (PST).
Watch the action online and stream live stats at canadawest.tv.
- with notes from Braden Konschuh (Regina Sports Information)