UBC Okanagan drops the weekend match-up against Trinity Western in six straight sets.
Men’s Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC
SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS UBC Okanagan........ (0) 23 16 20 3-17 Trinity Western..... (3) 25 25 25 11-9
LANGLEY, B.C. –Trinity Western’s Ryan Sclater had a match-high 14 kills to lead the Spartans to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-20) win over UBC Okanagan Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
The win for the No. 9-ranked Spartans (11-9) completed a weekend sweep of the Heat and gave TWU back-to-back victories for the first time since a four-game winning streak in mid-November. The loss drops UBC Okanagan to 3-17 on the season.
After Sclater, it was Blake Scheerhoorn with 10 kills and four blocks, while both Aaron Boettcher and Leigh Goossen had four blocks each. Setter Adam Schriemer had 32 assists in his second start of the season.
UBC Okanagan’s Lars Bornemann had seven kills and 10 digs to lead the Heat, while Jim Bell added six kills and three blocks.
As a team, TWU hit .256 and had 11 blocks. The Heat hit .086 and had 5.5 blocks.
A close first set saw the Spartans pull away shortly after the technical timeout, going ahead 20-17 following a Scheerhoorn kill. The Heat evened the set 23-23 after a Bell kill, but a Scheerhoorn kill set up set point, and Sclater finished it with his eighth kill of the set.
In the second set, the Spartans hit .462 and only committed one attack error as they rolled to a 25-16 win. Sclater added another five kills to his total as they Spartans opened an early 8-4 lead and pulled away late. A kill from Goosen ended the set with TWU up by nine.
The Spartans scored the first five points of the third set, and looked to be en route to a convincing win. However, the Heat battled back and trailed by just one point, 16-15, at the technical timeout. But just as it seemed UBC Okanagan might extend the match, the Spartans scored the first two points out of the break and took the lead for good. The Spartans went up 22-17 and held on down the stretch for the win.
UBC Okanagan played their best volleyball on Saturday night in the first set and head coach Greg Poitras thought that the Spartans, even with a record just over .500 will not be a team anybody “Will want to see in the playoffs.”
With just four games left on the schedule for UBC Okanagan, and all four against teams not currently in the playoff picture, coach Poitras would like to take these final matches and focus on several things including, “Scoring on the wings,” and “More consistent serving.”
Fourth year Alex Swiatlowski, who was absent against the Spartans, was trending upward and playing some of his best volleyball will undoubtedly help with the scoring. Poitras hopes that his outside hitter will be ready to play this Friday-Saturday (Feb. 12-13) in Edmonton when the Heat take on MacEwan. The Spartans return to the court Feb. 12-13 when they travel to play Thompson Rivers.
Game Notes: TWU had 37 digs to UBC Okanagan’s 29…UBC Okanagan is now 0-10 all-time in regular season action against TWU…Saturday was Schriemer’s second start of the season.
~ With game notes from Mark Janzen // Trinity Sports Information // Grayson Leahy // Heat sports information