The Heat take care of business on Friday night shutting down the Manitoba Bisons on their home court. Using the entire roster the UBC Okanagan women secure a straight set victory (3-0). These teams play tomorrow (Sat. Jan. 9) with first serve at 2:30 p.m. (PST).
Women's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Friday, January 8th, 2016
Investors Group Athletic Centre, Winnipeg, MB
SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS UBC Okanagan........ (3) 25 25 25 12-1 Manitoba............ (0) 11 14 12 2-11
WINNIPEG, MB – The No. 3 UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team won in straight sets Friday night, toppling the University of Manitoba Bisons 25-11, 25-14 and 25-12 at Investors Group Athletic Centre in Winnipeg for the first match of the second semester.
With the win, the Heat extend their win streak to seven games and now sit at an almost-perfect 12-1 record. The Bisons are now 2-11 after suffering their second straight loss.
UBC Okanagan’s Brianna Beamish led both sides with seven kills, and Kalena Schulz had five for Manitoba. Twelve players hit the court Friday night fopr UBCO in Winnipeg with all but two scoring at least one kill. Setter Chandler Proch and libero Kailin Jones did not score in the contest. Brianna Beamish led the Heat with 10 digs and Katy Klomps rolled box cars, with six blocks and six kills.
The Bisons faltered early in the first and quickly surrendered 10 points, almost all on errors. Manitoba gave away seven consecutive rallies on three straight bad sets followed by three attack errors and a kill from UBC Okanagan’s Megan Festival. The Bison defence struggled to cover the court for the rest of the set, and the Heat claimed the first 25-11.
UBC Okanagan dominated the second set and quickly took a 6-1 lead. Kills from Bison rookie Angelica Kilberg and second-year Tori Studler drew big cheers from the crowd, but the home side couldn’t gain momentum off either play. The Heat’s powerful offense left the Bisons struggling to return attacks. Beamish put up five kills in the set alone, and the Heat took the second 25-14.
The start of the third saw more closely matched rallies than the previous sets, but the home team couldn’t make it last. The Heat consistently found the holes on the court, once again making the Bison defence scramble and chase after balls. UBC Okanagan won the third set 25-12 and the game 3-0.
The teams will face off again Saturday, Jan. 9 at 2:30 p.m. (PST) at Investors Group Athletic Centre.
~ With notes from Danielle Doiron // Manitoba Bisons communications