The Heat take care of business on Thursday night. They serve and defend their way to a (3-0) win over home TRU ‘Pack. These teams close out the semester on Saturday at UBC Okanagan. First serve at 5 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC
SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS UBC Okanagan........ (3) 25 25 25 10-1 Thompson Rivers..... (0) 17 9 10 5-6
KAMLOOPS, BC – The UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team remain road warriors in Canada West conference play as they win their fifth straight contest Thursday night in Kamloops over Thompson Rivers at the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre.
The Heat didn’t drop a set versus the WolfPack in the match on the road, the scores were 25-17, 25-9, 25-10. UBC Okanagan are now 7-0 away from Kelowna and will play in back on their home court for the first time since October, 31 on Saturday night when they close out the first semester of conference play against these same Thompson Rivers squad.
TRU falls to 5-6 on the year while the Heat move to 10-1. The two teams will close out the weekend series and the conference schedule before the exam break on Saturday (November 28th) in Kelowna.
The first set was the closest of the three but never really in doubt as UBC Okanagan went up by four early on (9-5) and never relinquished that bulge eventually grabbing the set (25-17). The second and third sets were never really in doubt, the Heat led early and just piled on with long service runs grabbing the second (25-9). The Heat opened up the third (14-1) and then closed the final set out scoring 11 of the next 20 points.
“Our team is slowly but surely developing that killer instinct,” said Heat head coach Steve Manuel. “ They came out tonight and the will of them wanting to do it. They played unbelievable ball tonight. Hats off to the athletes themselves. They played flawless volleyball tonight.”
The Heat as a team in the three sets hit .557 and held the ‘Pack to (.042), in the second set UBCO was almost perfect hitting .824 (15-17) and made just one attack error. The defense for UBC Okanagan in the last two sets was phenomenal allowing just 10 total kills and a negative hitting percentage. Katy Klomps led the Heat with seven blocks as UBCO out-blocks TRU 12-3 on the night.
The Heat were coming off two weekends on the road in Calgary and Brandon and coach Manuel was pleased with how his team handled the road. “I am surprised at the level they played tonight but not surprised that they played well. We have a pretty good core and plan with rest even though it was a tough trip back. We gave them a day and a half off completely. We made the decision that rest was more important than prep. It shows how hard they worked in the off season and how hard they have worked to this point to be able to come off back to back road trips and play here on Thursday and pull out a performance like that. It was just awesome.”
“As a group we weren’t prepared,” stated WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm. “From top to bottom, we weren’t ready to play. That is what we have to figure out. Obviously, serve-reception was a huge turnover for us today. Giving a team like UBCO free ball after free ball and letting them run their offense. That makes it a long night for our team.”
UBCO was led by Brianna Beamish with 14 kills in 24 chances with five service aces, dive digs, two solo blocks and one block assist. Megan Festival had nine kills in 15 chances with three service aces and five digs. She added two block assists. Emily Oxland had 29 assists, one service aces, three digs and two block assists.
The Heat had 10 service aces to TRU’s four.
The WolfPack were led by Iuliia Pakhomenko (4th year, outside hitter, Donetsk, Ukraine). She had 10 kills in 14 chances with two assists, a dig and a solo block. Krista Hogewoning (5th year, outside hitter, Delta, BC) had five kills in 14 chances with a service ace and four digs. She was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” Player of the Match. Katie Woo (4th year, setter, Surrey, BC) had 17 assists and four digs.
Grimm got a chance to put Robyn Froese (4th year, setter, Red Deer,AB) and Samantha Sonnenberg (3rd year, middle, Edmonton, AB) into action. Froese played one set while Sonnenberg was in for two sets earning a kill and two service aces.
“They came out and worked their hardest and did the best they could,” Grimm said about the two. “ I think collectively, we didn’t have a competitive drive. We didn’t recover very well from mistakes. We didn’t put ourselves in position defensively to make up from our serve-reception deficiencies.”
~ With notes from Larry Read // Thompson Rivers communications