The Heat defended their home court on Saturday night as they won (3-1) over the visiting TRU.
Women’s Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, November 28th, 2015
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS Thompson Rivers (1) 16 17 25 19 (5-7) UBC Okanagan (3) 25 25 23 25 (11-1)
KELOWNA, BC – UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team takes the WolfPack in four sets in Kelowna on Saturday night. The set scores were (25-15, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19).
Thompson Rivers University comes out fighting after the three set loss against the Heat on Thursday night in Kamloops. The WolfPack’s effort tested the home team but was not enough to overcome the third ranked volleyball squad in the country.
“We played well again,” stated coach Steven Manuel, and “Thompson Rivers played a lot better tonight than they did on Thursday, as we expected.”
The two interior rivals were neck and neck in the first set until the Heat started to pull away with a six point lead (14-8). The WolfPack were unable to comeback from the deficit as UBCO claimed the first set. The home team came out swinging as Brianna Beamish led the first set with five kills (.444%) and Megan Festival with four kills (.444%). The first set saw the Heat with a hit percentage of .467% compared to .167% by the ‘Pack.
UBC Okanagan took the lead to (11-4) early in the set. But the WolfPack clawed their way back to within three points (13-10). The home squad then went on a six point run (19-11), putting TRU out of reach of the win. The Heat close off the set with (25-17) with a big block from Katelyn DeJong.
Brianne Beamish led the Heat with 14 kills (.306%). Megan Festival and Katie Wuttunee produced eight kills a piece on the night (.103% and .353% respectively). After tonight, Beamish moves to within 11 kills to reach the number one spot in the history of the Okanagan instituition for total kills in conference regular season play. She currently sits, with 714 kills, behind Tammy Thomas who has a record of 725 kills for the Heat.
Named player of the game, Michelle Jakszuk had an impressive six kills (.150%), 13 digs, and six blocks on the night.
Leading the WolfPack in kills was Brianne Rauch (.267%) and Iuliia Pakhomenko (-.100) with 13 kills each.
The Heat were strong at the net, with 15 blocks compared to a six blocks from the WolfPack. Leading the Heat in blocks was Katy Klomps with one solo block and six block assists.
“They are a really good team, so I’m very happy with the girls’ performance tonight. Especially how we bounced back from the third set, and we really played well from there again,” noted coach Manuel.
TRU came out strong in the third set, taking a quick seven-point lead (8-1), as Iuliia Pakhomenko served five consecutively. The WolfPack maintained this lead for the majority of the set as the Heat could not find traction to overcome the visiting squad. UBC Okanagan made a late set push with a big hit from Michele Jakszuk, followed by a Jakszuk block to put the score at (24-21) in favour of the visiting squad. Although the Heat pushed to within one, TRU took the set (25-23).
Again the Heat and the WolfPack rallied for the lead early on the the fourth set, tying it up (9-9). UBC Okanagan pushed to a four-point lead (17-13), but TRU swung big to come within one (17-16). A big block from the fifth year middle and 2014/15 CIS All-Star Katy Klomps, put the Heat at game point. The set ended with an error attack from the WolfPack (25-19).
“The last game of the fall season is always big. Its a long time until our next match, and the last game you play always sticks with you,” states coach Manuel, as the Heat claim the win in their last game of 2015.
With this win, the Heat move to a record of (11-1), as TRU moves to (5-7). This game was the Heat’s last before the winter break. The first weekend back in the new year has the Kelowna squad travelling to Manitoba to face the Bisons (Jan. 8-9th). The WolfPack will open 2016 in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars on January 8-9.
Although Canada West play is over for these two teams for 2015 these rivals actually will play once more before the New Year. In a special feature match as part of the High School AAA provincial championships the Heat and the ‘Pack will play at Vernon Secondary at 7 p.m.