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RECAP: UBC Okanagan unable to prevent Spartan sweep


Saturday night saw Trinity Western take down UBC Okanagan in straight sets, as the Heat were unable to take out the defending national champs in Kelowna.

Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC

FINAL	                1	2	3	SCORE
Trinity Western (15-1)	25	25	25	3
UBC Okanagan (4-12)	12	20	18	0

KELOWNA, BC - The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team fell to the defending national champion Trinity Western Spartans by a final score of 3-0 on Saturday night in Kelowna.

Set scores were 25-12, 25-20, and 25-18.

Ryan Sclater led the Spartans with 16 kills, with Blake Scheerhoorn behind him with 12. For the Heat Kyle Hinchey set the pace with a team-high eight kills, and Lars Bornemann finished with six.

As a team, the Spartans were the dominant hitting team. They finished ahead in kills (38-22), hitting percentage (.333 - .062), service aces (8-2), assists (35-20), and blocks (6-3).

The first set saw the Spartans at the top of their game, putting away 11 kills on .348 hitting while holding the Heat to five on -.103. They took control quickly, putting together an eight-point run that included five kills from Ryan Sclater to take the 11-2 lead. The UBCO side weren’t able to put together more than two consecutive points throughout, and the visitors took the set handily, 25-12.

The second set was much closer than the first, with the score 16-13 in favour of the Spartans at the technical time-out. Blake Scheerhoorn’s hitting was key in the latter half of the set, putting away a number of kills to stretch the Trinity lead to six at 21-15. The Heat continued to battle, though, and a pair of big kills from Lars Bornemann and Kyle Hinchey put the Heat down 24-20. Another kill from Sclater closed out the set, as Trinity took it 25-20.

The final set saw the Heat own a lead through the early going, thanks to a run of four-of-five points to jump ahead 6-2. The home side held the lead until the Spartans tied it up at 10-10, then 11-11 before taking back the lead at 12-11. At the technical time-out the Spartans had pulled ahead 16-13, and the Heat only scored consecutive points once from then on as Trinity raised their game again and rolled to the 25-18 set win.

The UBC Okanagan Heat (4-12) have next weekend off, and will play their next matches in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (7-7) on February 3 & 4. The Trinity Western Spartans (15-1) will play their next matches in Edmonton on January 27 & 28 against the University of Alberta Golden Bears (12-2).

~ Grayson Leahy, UBC Okanagan

RECAP: Heat fall in four sets to No. 3 Trinity in rematch

In the second of this weekend’s two matches between the Top 10 rivals, the #3 Spartans took down the #9 Heat in four sets.

Women's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

FINAL	                1	2	3	4	SCORE
Trinity Western (15-1)	25	19	25	25	3
UBC Okanagan (10-6)	21	25	23	16	1

KELOWNA, BC For the first time in eight matches between the UBC Okanagan Heat and Trinity Western Spartans the contest did not go a full five sets. The Spartans staved off the Heat bid to split the weekend on Saturday night, and earned a 3-1 win with a strong performance in the clinching set.

Set scores were 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, and 25-16.

The fourth was close early, with four ties in the first ten points. A three-point run by the Spartans to go up 7-5 was the turning point in the set, as from that point on they never gave up the lead. Only allowing the Heat to score consecutive points twice from then on, Trinity Western went up 16-10 at the technical time-out and put together a four-point run to close out the set 25-16 and take the match 3-1.

The Heat finished the match with more kills (54-49), but the Spartans' consistency was what won them the night. Hitting percentages were .235 to .210 in favour of the visitors, and UBCO committed 25 attacking errors to Trinity's 18. TWU also had a better night from their middles, finishing with 15 total blocks while the home side had just four.

Sophie Carpentier once again led the Spartan attack, putting up a match-high 22 kills. Katelyn Devaney, Elizabeth Wendel, and Ashtyn McKenzie were dominant at the net, finishing with eight, seven, and seven total blocks respectively.

The Heat hitters were led by Kaitlynn Given, Michelle Jakszuk, and Siobhan Fitzpatrick, who finished with 16, 15, and 14 kills. Megan Festival, having recently been switched to the libero position, led UBCO with 17 digs.

Both teams came out firing in the first set, with the Spartans putting down 13 kills on .222 hitting and the Heat earning 12 on .139. The set was back and forth throughout, with neither team able to stretch a lead beyond three points until the very end, when Trinity strung together three straight to earn set point at 24-20. Katelyn Devaney hammered a kill straight down past the Heat blockers for the final point, giving the Spartans a 25-21 set win.

The second set saw the Heat take a much larger lead, going up 16-8 at the technical time-out and by double digits shortly after, 19-9. A seven-point run by Trinity Western made the score 19-15, but the teams traded points from then on and the Heat took the set 25-19. The hitting for UBC Okanagan was the difference maker in the frame, as they put away 15 kills on .323 hitting to the Spartans' eight and .125.

The third set started as close as the first, with six ties before the technical time-out. At the break the Heat were up 16-11 after four kills in seven points. The Spartans came out of the time-out on a mission and put together an eight-point run to jump ahead 19-16. The Heat responded with a run of their own, stringing together four straight points to re-take the lead, 20-19. After four more ties and three lead changes, the visitors managed to score back-to-back points twice in the final points, primarily thanks to Heat attacking errors, to take the set 25-23.

The UBC Okanagan Heat (10-6) have a bye week next weekend, and will play their next matches on February 3 & 4 when the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (5-9) come to Kelowna. The Trinity Western Spartans (15-1) will have their next matches on January 27 & 28 when they travel to the University of Alberta to take on the number one Pandas (14-0).

~ Grayson Leahy, UBC Okanagan

RECAP: Heat men fall to Spartans in first home match of 2017


Returning to the UBC Okanagan gymnasium for the first time since the winter break, the Heat were bested by visiting #1 Trinity Western. Back at it tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Friday, January 20th, 2017
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC

FINAL	                1	2	3	SCORE
Trinity Western (14-1)	25	25	25	3
UBC Okanagan (4-11)	21	17	17	0

KELOWNA, BC - In their first home match of the 2017 calendar, the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team lost to the national-number-one Trinity Western Spartans 3-0 on Friday night. Set scores were 25-21, 25-17, and 25-17.

The kills were relatively even in the match, with final tallies putting the Spartans ahead 35-29. Trinity held a larger advantage in hitting percentage, though, as they finished with .348 while holding the Heat to .247.

Trinity Western’s Ryan Sclater was the match leader in kills, finishing with 14. Behind him for the Spartans were Jacob Kern and Blake Scheerhoorn, who each had six.

Lars Bornemann was the best Heat hitter on the night, finishing with nine kills and a hitting percentage of .333. Alex Swiatlowski finished with six kills, and Kyle Hinchey and Joshua Harvey each had five.

The first set started with the Spartans quickly taking control, stringing together six straight points to go up 9-2. The Heat scored three straight to make it 12-8, but Trinity didn’t let up as they jumped ahead 16-10 at the technical time-out. UBC Okanagan scored three consecutive points just once, but only allowed the Spartans to score back-to-back points once after the break, as Trinity Western scored their final two points on consecutive kills from Blake Scheerhoorn and Pearson Eshenko.

The second set saw the Spartans jump ahead early again, scoring the first three points on three kills. A four-point run that included three Heat attack errors put the visitors up 10-5, before the Heat put away five straight to pull within two at 14-12. The Spartans were up 16-13 at the technical time-out, and a pair of three-point runs were the difference from then on as the visitors rolled to the 25-17 set win.

The third set was much the same as the first two, as the Spartans came out swinging. A three- and a four-point run put Trinity up 7-4, and they held a 16-11 lead at the technical time-out. Another three-point run that included two Ryan Sclater kills and a service ace from Aaron Boettcher stretched the lead to 19-12, before the Spartans scored their final point on a Heat service error to close it out 25-17.

The Heat (4-11) and the Spartans (14-1) will play again Saturday night, with first serve set to go at 7 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.

~ Grayson Leahy, UBC Okanagan

RECAP: #3 Spartans beat #9 Heat in closest contest of the season

In a match so close it seemed like it might never end, Trinity Western earned a five-set win in Kelowna. These two will try and recover and do it again tomorrow at 5 p.m.

Women's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Friday, January 20th, 2017
UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

FINAL                  	1	2	3	4	5	SCORE
Trinity Western (14-1)	12	25	25	23	22	3
UBC Okanagan (10-5)	25	18	21	25	20	2

KELOWNA, BC In an extremely tightly contested match UBC Okanagan fell to the visiting Trinity Western Spartans in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium Friday night. The five set Canada West women's volleyball match was decided by a score of 22-20 in the Heat's first action on their home court in 2017.

This top-ten U Sports matchup as expected went the full five sets, the seventh straight times these two teams went the distance. Set scores were: 12-25, 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, and 22-20.

The deciding set was closely-contested all the way through, with the Heat eking out an 8-7 lead at the technical time-out. The Spartans battled back to tie it at 9-9, the tying point coming on a kill from Micaylee Pucilowski. UBC Okanagan scored three straight to jump ahead 12-9 after that, but Trinity Western scored three of their own to tie it again at 12-12. Jakszuk once again earned a crucial kill, putting the Heat up 13-12, but kills for the Spartans from Ashtyn McKenzie and Wendel kept the set tied late, 14-14. The two teams then traded points well into extra points, tying it over and over again. Back-to-back kills from Given and Jakszuk gave the home side a lead, at 19-18, but the Spartans put away consecutive kills of their own, thanks to Sophie Carpentier, to pull ahead 20-19. Carpentier scored another to put Trinity up 21-20, before Nikki Cornwall put away a kill to give the Spartans the 22-20 set victory, and the 3-2 match win.

Trinity Western finished with a slight edge statistically in the match. The visitors were ahead 57-55 in kills, .167-.121 in hitting percentage, and 15-11 in blocks. The Heat finished ahead in service aces, 10-7, and digs, 75-62. Each team finished with 53 assists.

Trinity Western's Sophie Carpentier and Elizabeth Wendel led all hitters in the match with 19 kills apiece. Wendel also finished with six total blocks in the match.

The Heat attack was led by Siobhan Fitzpatrick, who finished with 16 kills. Kaitlynn Given and Michelle Jakszuk each finished with 15, and Given added 22 digs.

The Heat started the first set on a roll, putting together two five-point runs before taking a 16-8 lead at the technical time-out. The Spartans would score just three more points after the break, on a service error and a pair of kills, before UBCO closed the set out with a pair of four-point runs. The Spartans made an uncharacteristic number of errors in the frame, giving up five of the final six Heat points on mistakes.

UBC Okanagan started the second set strong again, putting together another early five-point run to take a 6-3 lead. Immediately after that the Spartans strung together six straight points of their own, though, going up 9-6. The two sides essentially traded points from then on, with neither stringing together more than three straight the rest of the way, before Trinity Western closed out the set win on a Heat service error.

Trinity Western scored three straight twice early in the third set, taking a 10-6 lead. The Heat answered with back-to-back kills to pull within two at 10-8, before pulling with one at the technical time-out, 16-15. A five-point run by the Spartans put the visitors up 21-16, and they went on to take it 25-20 despite back-to-back kills from Michelle Jakszuk late in the set.

UBC Okanagan took a 3-2 lead as the two teams traded points to start the fourth set, but a three-point run put the Spartans up early, 5-3. A three-point run by the Heat pulled them within one before the technical time-out, but a kill from Elizabeth Wendel gave the Spartans a 16-13 lead at the break. Five straight Heat points tied the set up at 19-19, and after a pair of Spartan points UBCO scored another four straight to take a late lead at 23-21. A Kaitlynn Given kill made it set point, at 24-22, and she buried another on the final point to give her Heat the 25-23 win.

The Heat (10-5) and the Spartans (14-1) will play again tomorrow night in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium, with first serve scheduled for 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

~ Grayson Leahy, UBC Okanagan

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