After coming back from a deficit to win against the WolfPack on Thursday, the Heat fail to defend their home court as they fall in four sets.
Men’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 (3) 25 22 25 25 (4-8) UBC OKANAGAN (1) 22 25 22 23 (3-9)
KELOWNA, BC – Two days after a convincing comeback win in Kamloops the UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball team couldn’t complete the streak as the Thompson Rivers WolfPack circle the Heat on Saturday night, return the favour and dispatch the home team at UBC Okanagan.
The two interior rivals went to four sets, all of them tight, with each ending with less than a three point difference between the two teams (22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25).
As the regular season wraps up for winter break the Heat’s record drops to (3-9) and with the win the WolfPacks jump UBCO in the standings with a record of (4-8).
It will be six weeks before the Heat play again on their home court, they host the No. 2 ranked Alberta Golden Bears on January 15-16, prior to then the next time UBC Okanagan will play a conference game is on the road against the University of Manitoba (January 8-9th).
The ‘Pack will back on the court in January, starting on the road in Calgary, against the Mount Royal Cougars (January 8-9)
The first set saw the WolfPack victorious as they outhit the Heat 16 kills to 11, with a hitting percentage of (.445%), to the Heat’s (.304%).
The WolfPack took the lead early in the second set, but the Heat tied the game at (12-12). The home squad eventually took the lead (16-14) and continued this momentum to win the set. The two squads from interior BC were evenly matched, hitting 15 kills a piece, with UBC Okanagan having a slightly higher hitting percentage (.297%) compared to the TRU’s (.294%). Lars Bornemann, the Heat’s leading killer on the night, finished off the set with a big swing (25-22).
The third set saw a similar story as the first and second, as the WolfPack took early lead five point lead (8-3). The Heat attempted to make comeback and tied it up late in the set (18-18). Although within reach, the Heat were unable to come out with the win, as the WolfPack took the set (25-23).
Reaching the technical time out with a six point lead for the visiting squad (16-10), wasn’t insurmountable in the fourth set as the Heat attempted to stay in the game. Ultimately UBCO came up a bit short, it was a miscommunication that cost the Heat the game on the final play, as Alex Swiatlowski and Adam Kern went for the same ball at the net and the ball bounced off both of them and fell to the floor. The Heat lost (25-23) in the final set.
The Heat were led by Lars Bornemann with 20 kills and five digs. Right side, Kyle Pankratz, followed with nine kills, and Alex Swiatlowski had seven kills, nine digs and one of UBCO’s service aces. First year libero, Eli Risso had an impressive night capturing 13 digs in his time on the floor. Another first year, Devon Cote, also had an ace, so did Bornemann and setter Kristof Schlagintweit, who finished with 41 assists.
For the Wolfpack it was once again Brad Gunter leading the way. For the seventh straight match he led his team in kills, tonight the Courtney, BC product finished with 16 and also brought up 14 digs, giving him a double double. Randy Grundmann followed with 13 kills and seven digs and Daniel Eikland Rod had 10 kills and nine digs.
As the sets were evenly matched the Heat were attacking more on the WolfPack with the Heat taking 133 attacks to Thomson Rivers 122. However, the Wolfpack were more effective and were able to claim 52 kills to the Heats 46.
These two rivals are done playing each for the year and have split their matches with the home team losing both times, They could meet again, possibly, in the Canada West or CIS post season.
~ Rachel Parker // Heat communications