The UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball team end up on the short side in a three setter to the home Huskies in the Saturday rematch.
Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Physical Activity Centre, Saskatoon, SK
SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS UBC Okanagan (0) 20 21 10 (1-3) Saskatchewan (3) 25 25 25 (2-2)
SASKATOON, SASK- The UBC Okanagan mens volleyball team are unable to notch a win in Saskatoon at the PAC this weekend, for the second straight night the host Huskies were able to defend their home court. On Saturday night the Heat fall in three sets to U of S (25-21, 25-20, 25-10) giving the Sled Dogs their second straight win and sending UBC Okanagan to their third loss in four matches.
Leading from nearly the first serve on, the Huskies cooled of the Heat as UBC Okanagan were only able to capture the lead just a handful of times throughout the match, with the loss their record drops to 1-3. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies raise their record with the win to (2-2).
UBCO led the second set 18-16 before an 9-3 Huskie explosion gave Saskatchewan the set win, erasing any UBC Okanagan momentum, and a strong advantage going to the third.
In the third set already leading by five, the Huskies went on a 5-0 run to lead 17-8. From there, the hosts would cruise to the three set sweep.
The first set the Heat were kept off guard by a strong Saskatchewan service game when Tyler Epp’s back-to-back aces capped off a first set run that put the Huskies up 9-4. The Heat would recover, but another late Huskie run capped off the win.
Lars Bornemann was the offensive leader for UBCO recording 10 kills on the night. Fourth year players Jim Bell and Alex Swiatlowski assisted Bornemann with six kills each and a combined 11 digs. Adam Kern starting for his second game in a row had five kills.
Andrew Nelson led the Huskies with 11 kills in the match. Fifth-year Jordan Nowakowski was effective with eight kills in just 13 total attacks. Nowakowski and Troy Wiebe each dug up seven attacks.
The Huskies kill percentage was above 30% in all three sets, while the Heat struggled to put points away in the match with a kill percentage over 10% in just one set.
The Heat will return home for the following weekend games against the University of Winnipeg on Friday Oct. 30th start time 8 p.m. (PST). The rematch on Halloween will be and afternoon affair with first serve at 4 p.m. (PST). Both games at UBC Okanagan.
HEAT NOTES: This the first game in the four Canada West matches played by UBC Okanagan that did not have a first year player in the starting lineup.
~ With notes from Daniel Herrick // Huskies communications