The Heat women’s volleyball team, ranked third in the country, took out the Dinos Friday night in four sets. Play again on Saturday in Calgary.
Women’s Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Friday, November 13th, 2015
Jack Simpson Gymnasium, Calgary AB
SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORD UBC Okanagan........ (3) 25 18 25 25 6‐1 Calgary............. (1) 18 25 22 17 4‐5
CALGARY – The UBC Okanagan Heat snagged a 3-1 victory over the University of Calgary Dinos women’s volleyball team Friday night in their first meeting of the regular season (25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17).
Calgary falls to 4-5 with the loss, while the Heat improve to 6-1 on the season.
The Dinos’ Beth Vinnell led the team in kills with 11 of their 40, countered by the Heat’s Megan Festival with 20 of their 68. The two finished with .161 and .268 hitting percentages, respectively.
Erika Myhre nabbed 33 of the Calgary’s 35 assists, and Emily Oxland led the Heat to 50 of their 61.
The Dinos started off the game with the serve, but the Heat would take the first discernible lead, coming out of the first technical 16-12. Ali Woolley with a huge hit down the centre, followed by Jillian Lazic to get them back in the game. Despite the long rallies, in the end the heat would take the first 25-18.
The second started off stronger for the Dinos, taking a 7-3 lead, showing a better rhythm than in the first. A couple of tips from the Heat put Rhein back in the game, but strong hits and perfectly timed blocks from the Dinos ensured their lead going into the second technical.
A fumble with the ball by the front row gave the Dinos the final point they needed to take the second, 25-18.
The third set mirrored that of the first two, seesawing points on the board. The Dinos held a small lead but the Heat, once again, came back to tie it up and then push ahead to lead.
Going into the third technical the Dinos trailed 16-13. Although the Heat managed to keep a definitive lead for most of the third, late in the game the Dinos climbed their way back to close the gap, but the Heat took their second set of the game.
UBCO took the lead in the fourth and held strong going into the last technical of the game. Wanting to finish off in four sets, and the Dinos wanting to take it to a fifth, the rallies lasted longer and hits harder, but it wasn’t enough for Calgary and the Heat would finish the game in the fourth with a final of 25-17.
UBC Okanagan head coach Steve Manuel indicated that it was nice for his team to be on the court after the bye, and “I like what I saw from our team tonight, lots of gutsy rallies and hard work.”
Manuel was also really impressed with the home team and he made sure to point out how well the Dinos played.
The Dinos and Heat match up again on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Jack Simpson Gym, live on CanadaWest.tv.
By Bronté James // Dinos communications