The Heat women’s volleyball team came back for a 3-1 win against the home team Huskies.
Women's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Physical Activity Centre, Saskatoon, SK
SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS UBC Okanagan (3) 19 27 25 25 (3-0) Saskatchewan (1) 25 25 20 14 (2-1)
SASKATOON, SK -The No. 1 ranked UBC Okanagan Heat start off the season hot, claiming their third straight win of the young season at the Physical Activity Centre.
After losing the first set 19-25, the Heat came back swinging to win the next three sets (27-25, 25-20, and 25-14) on Friday night against the University of Saskatchewan. This was the Huskies first loss of the season.
UBC Okanagan’s Breanna Beamish, Megan Festival, and Katie Wuttunee all reached double digits kills on the night. Beamish led with 13 (.467), and Festival and Wuttunee with 11 (.054) and 10 (.440) respectively. U of S responded to the Heat’s offense with strong defense from Jenelle Sokoloski and Jennifer Hueser with nine digs a piece.
On the first road trip of the season, the Heat seemed to struggle to find momentum in the first set as the Huskies began with a 10-2 lead. Emily Oxland’s three service aces within a five-point span was a spark for the Heat, that cut the lead to a one-point at 15-14 before the Huskies would pull away again to win the set. Oxland, the starting setter, was a double threat on the night, leading the team with four service aces and 26 assists.
Emily Humbert of the Huskies had the first four services in the second set, as the Heat trailed early on. The two teams were evenly matched, as the play was back and forth with the greatest point difference being four. The Heat claimed a 27-25 win with a kill from Megan Festival to end the set.
The home team fought hard against the first place UBC Okanagan, as the third set was fairly matched between the two teams. However, the Heat pulled ahead and Chandler Proch came into the game at a 20-17 lead. Proch claimed the third set with a pass to Katy Klomps for a kill (25-20).
The Heat closed off the final set strong with little resistance from the Huskies. The away team jumped from six to 13 points and continued the momentum with a late six point run as well. The set ended on an error from the Huskies.
The Heat with have to look to shut down Emmalyn Copping in tomorrow night’s game, as she finished with 20 kills on 49 attacks. Another force coming out of the setting position, Jina Barker had an impressive four kills, scoring on half of her attempted swings, (.500) as well as 34 assists.
With the win, UBC Okanagan moves to a record of 3-0 maintaining their first place position in the Canada West Conference. U of Saskatchewan falls to a record of 2-1.
The Heat will look to claim another victory over the Huskies tomorrow night at 4 p.m. (PST) (Saturday Oct. 24th). Catch the game live at canadawest.tv.
~ Rachel Parker // Heat communications