The Heat women’s volleyball team, in Saskatoon for the second straight night, swept away their Huskie hosts in a three set win on Saturday.
Women’s Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Physical Activity Centre, Saskatoon, SK
SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS UBC Okanagan (3) 25 25 25 (4-0) Saskatchewan (0) 12 15 15 (2-2)
SASKATOON, SK – The No. 1 ranked UBC Okanagan Heat made it back-to-back wins over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies with a three set win (25-12, 25-15, 25-15) to sweep the Huskies on Saturday night at the PAC.
The Heat improve their record to 4-0 in the young Canada West season while the Huskies fall back to even at 2-2. UBCO made just eight errors in the match compared to 25 for the hometown squad, while outplaying the Huskies at the net to record 11 blocks to just two. Erin Drew, off the bench and playing in just two sets, finished tied for the team lead with four blocks with fourth year outside hitter Kaitlynn Given.
Jumping out to big leads in the first two sets, the Heat showed why they were the top ranked team in the country coming into the week. The Huskies fell behind 9-1 in the opening set and could only get as close as six points before the Heat pulled away. In the second Saskatchewan hung close until a big UBCO run made it 19-11. In the final set, the Heat capitalized on Huskie errors to go on an early run to grab a 13-8 lead.
Brianna Beamish was efficient with her team high 10 kills, converting on 56% of her attacks. Beamish also recorded four of her team’s 10 service aces on the night. Kaitlynn Given led the Heat blockers with four.
Megan Festival also efficient in the attack finished with seven kills, converting on 50% of her attacks, Festival also had eight digs. Coming off of the bench in the late first set, fifth year player Kate DeJong came in to serve out the closing points.
Emmalyn Copping led the Huskie attack again on Saturday night with 10 kills. Jina Barker set up Copping and her teammates 22 times in the match.
The Heat will return home for a back to back series against the University of Winnipeg Friday (Oct. 30). start time 6 p.m. The Saturday match on Halloween will be played at 2 p.m. (PST) to the delight of trick-or-treaters everywhere.
~ With notes from Daniel Herrick // Huskies communications