Bornemann and Bell combine for 34 kills but that's not enough to take care of the University of Winnipeg as UBC Okanagan lose second straight to Wesmen.
Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS Winnipeg............ (3) 25 25 22 25 (2‐4) UBC Okanagan........ (1) 22 17 25 22 (1‐5)
KELOWNA, BC - In spite of a dominant third set by the home team at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium, the Winnipeg Wesmen rallied and defeated the Heat men's volleyball team 3-1 ( 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 22-25) on Saturday afternoon.
In the pivotal third set started much the same as the first two with the Kelowna squad having trouble connecting on offense, once again allowing the Wesmen to take command early with the lead. The Heat would find their rhythm in an attempt to hit the technical timeout first, for the first time in the match. Winnipeg got their first, and then it clicked for UBC Okanagan. A series of small scoring streaks, led into a late six point streak where the Heat finally reclaimed the lead at 20-19. Lars Bornemann and Jim Bell, powered to the end of the match for the Heat in the highly contested third set with three kills.
Momentum had finally swung in the home team's favour for the first time during the weekend series and it was the first set of the weekend UBCO managed over Winnipeg.
Looking to build on the third set win the fourth set once again started slow for UBC Okanagan, allowing the Wesmen to take a 3-1 lead. Turning things around quickly the Heat were eager for a second set win, and to push the game to a fifth set, started to attack the Wesmen block more aggressively. Staying within reach throughout the fourth, it was UBC Okanagan's inability to finish vital kills trying to close out the set that cost them a chance for a fifth set. It was a kill by Garrett Jones of the Wesmen that finished the set 25-22 for Winnipeg, who trailed 22-20 just five point prior.
For the match Lars Bornemann 18 kills and a very resapectable .457 attack rate, Jim Bell dropped 16 kills and tallied six blocks. Coming off of the bench and providing a spark was first year Devon Cote who in limited time produced seven kills and five digs for the Heat. Starting in his fourth straight match in the middle, Adam Kern, went for seven kills and seven blocks.
Bornemann and Bell started the first set with a combined ten kills. The the two teams were never separated by more than three points at any time and the Wesmen were able to pull away with kills by Taylor Howe, David Bommersbach, and Brendan Black putting a gap in the score that the Heat were unable to come back from. It was a kill from Taylor Howe ending the first 25-22 in favour of Winnipeg.
For the Wesmen David Bommersback finished with 17 kills, keeping him on top of the list for most kills in the nation (now with 98 kills). Taylor Howe assisted Bommersbach with 14 kills and Garrett Jones with 10 kills.
The second set ended with one of Jones kills after a slow start for UBC Okanagan that allowed the Wesmen to jump into a lead. This lead by the Wesmen early in the set was held for the duration of the game. The Heats inability to effectively finish their kills led to the 17-25 loss.
With two weekend losses the Heat's record drops to (1-5) the Wesmen improve to (2-4) and hope to keep their winning streak alive when they host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack next weekend (Nov 6-7).
For the Kelowna squad they will have some extra time to regroup as they head into their bye weekend before starting a five game stretch on the road. Their next games start in Calgary against U of C November 13-14.
~ Tia Sadler // Heat communications