The UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team, who open the year as a preseason favourite, snag a 3-0 victory over the visiting University of Regina.
Women's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Friday, October 16th, 2015
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS Regina.............. (0) 10 11 16 (0‐1) UBC Okanagan........ (3) 25 25 25 (1‐0)
KELOWNA, BC - The No.1 UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team captured their first regular season win against the Regina Cougars at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium on Friday, October 16th. This was the first time either of these teams were able to win a match on their home court with each other. In the eight previous conference matches each home team lost four.
The scores at the UBC Okanagan gym: (25-10, 25-11, 25-16)
The Heat dominated the first set, leading 7-1,16-4, and 20- 5 at different points against the visiting Cougars. The Heat took advantage of Regina’s slow start which prompted a six point scoring streak for the Heat to start off the match. It was a Siobhan Fitzpatrick with the kill to close out the first for the home team.
In the second set the Cougars found more of a rhythm and started the set strong and tied the Heat 4-4 early on into the second and remained close in score until the Heat fired back with five point streak. The Cougars were unable to battle back This five point streak proved to be to much for the Cougars as the Heat went from 20-11 to 25-11.
Early in the third UBC Okanagan put together a strong lead giving them 14 points over Regina’s five early on. This momentum carried the home team through until the end of the match. The Cougars unable to counter UBC Okanagan's varied offense, finishing the set and the game with a 25-16 final score.
Top top ranked UBC Okanagan team had kills from 10 members of their team in the three sets. Heat fifth year senior Brianna Beamish finished the game with 9 kills out of her 16 attacks, scoring on half of her swings. Her teammate Megan Festival had seven kills out of her 14 attacks and nine digs.
Fifth year libero Kailin Jones helped her team with seven digs. Coming off the bench Siobhan Fitzpatrick made an impact and fired nine attacks on the Cougars and created exciting rallies and saves for the Heat, the Immaculata clossed ou th first set with her only kill.
Regina’s Tori Glynn and Ashlee Sandiford had four kills and five digs for the Cougars. Helping in the attacks was Kristine Ward and Diana Lumbala who had three kills each and a combined five digs for the team. Coming off the bench first year Dominika Janowczyk from Czluchów, Poland played her first minutes in the CIS and scored an ace against the Heat.
The Cougars had a tough time finishing their kills but attacked 93 times, connecting on 17 kills. The UBC Okanagan block was impressive as the Heat allowed Regina to only hit -.108 against the Heat who finished with 10 blobks. The Heat also captured 10 aces off of the serve compared to Regina's four.
These two teams will continue their back-to-back weekend tomorrow night (October 17) at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium with a 5 p.m. start time.
Game to be broadcast on Canada West.tv
~ Tia Sadler // Heat communications