Trailing two sets to none, the Heat comeback to win it in five in Brandon on Saturday night.
Men’s Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
HLC, Brandon, MB
SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS UBC Okanagan........ (3) 20 22 25 25 15 2-8 Brandon............. (2) 25 25 19 16 13 4-6
BRANDON – The UBC Okanagan Heat pulled off a come-from-behind five set victory over the host Brandon University Bobcats on Saturday night at the Healthy Living Centre in Canada West men’s volleyball action.
The set scores were (20-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, and 15-13).
The Heat had a tough opening night on Friday after falling in three straight sets and in the early going of the game, it looked as though Saturday’s rematch was going to follow a similar script.
The Bobcats took the first two sets before the Heat got their rally caps on to force a fifth and deciding set.
In the fifth, Brandon got off to strong start with a 4-0 lead, but UBC Okanagan responded with four straight points of their own. The Bobcats were up 8-6 at the turn, but the Heat once again rallied off four straight points for a 10-8 advantage.
The two sides exchanged points after that, with Brandon eventually tying the set 13-13.
The Bobcats were called for a carried ball on the next point, and Adam Kern then dialed up a service ace for the winning point for UBC Okanagan.
Lars Bornemann was the top scorer for the Heat with 16 kills, while adding a match-high nine blocks.
Second year Ethan Freund, stepped in for starting setter Kristof Schlagintweit and played four of the five sets against Brandon.
Brandon’s Roy Ching collected a match-high 18 kills in a losing cause for the Bobcats.
With this win, the Heat improve their record to (2-8). Catch the UBC Okanagan Heat as they take on the Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack in a home-and-home series this week, Nov. 26th at 8 p.m. PST in Kamloops and at home on the 28th at 7 p.m. PST.
Brandon moves to a record of (4-6) and is idle this coming weekend, before playing the defending CIS champion the Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton on December 4-5th.
~ With notes from Matt Packwood // Brandon University communications