The Winnipeg Wesmen battled against the UBC Okanagan women's volleyball but were unable to take a set from the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
Women's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Friday, October 30th, 2015
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS Winnipeg (0) 16 20 26 0-5 UBC Okanagan (3) 25 25 28 5-0
KELOWNA, BC - The UBC Okanagan women's volleyball team came out on top with a 3-0 victory against the Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday (Oct 30) night at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium. The Heat improve their record to 5-0 while the Wesmen fall to 0-5.
It was a strong defensive performance powering the UBC Okanagan to their fifth straight win to open their conference season. The Heat were able to hold one of the leading hitters in Canada West, Ozana Nikolic, to a season low 11 kills, tops for Winnipeg on the night, and (.028) hitting percentage. Winnipeg, as a team, hit just (.043) and UBC Okanagan forced 23 errors on the Wesmen side. The Heat in comparison hit .287 and was led by Brianna Beamish with 13 kills.
For both teams the first set started off slow with defensive errors on both sides putting the Heat and Wesmen neck and neck for a majority of the game, scores knotted early at 3-3, and 8-8. The Heat were sneak in a four point streak which was enough to boost them into the lead late in the game. Taking advantage of the Wesmen mistakes the Heat took the first with a 25-16 win.
The second set started with two kills by Beamish and Kaitlynn Given, who finished with nine kills and seven digs on the night. The Wesmen finding rhythm early in the second, just after the quick UBCO start, went point for point with the Heat until the score was (20-20) . Kills by Beamish, Given, and Megan Festival closed the game off with kills for the Kelowna squad giving them a 25-20 win.
Megan Festival finished the three set match with six kills, middle, Katie Wuttunee was efficient with seven kills of her own.
After Nikolic, it was Tia Boroski with six kills for Winnipeg, setter, Jayme Menzies had 24 assists, three blocks,and three service aces.
The third and final set was a point for point battle as both teams found their rhythm. The Wesmen led for the first half of the set taking a six point lead away from the Heat. However, a series of massive kills from Brianna Beamish and errors from the Wesmen led to a six point scoring streak for the Heat which helped them reclaim the lead late into the set. Both teams alternated scoring last 12 points of the match. The Heat claimed the win with Katie Wuttunee finishing the set with a kill and a 28-26 win for the Heat.
These teams will play again tomorrow in Kelowna at UBC Okanagan at 2 p.m. (PST) in their final regular season matchup of the season.
~ Tia Sadler // Heat communications