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RECAP: Heat pull out a three set win over TRU for season sweep over BC rival


With a win Saturday night, the Heat men earned a weekend sweep against Thompson Rivers in the teams' annual home-and-home matchup.

Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, February 18th, 2017
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC

FINAL	                1	2	3	SCORE
Thompson Rivers (2-20)	23	21	27	0
UBC Okanagan (7-15)	25	25	29	3

KELOWNA, BC – It took extra points in the third set but the UBC Okanagan Heat got the win in the minimum against the visiting Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Saturday night in Canada West men’s volleyball action in Kelowna.

With the win the Heat improve to 7-15 on the season. The school record for wins in a season since entering the Canada West is eight and they will have a chance to tie or beat that record next weekend, their final two games of the year.

The Heat finish off their regular season again the MacEwan Griffins (4-18) on Friday and Saturday night (Feb. 24-25) in Kelowna. Saturday will be Seniors Night as the Heat honour this season's two graduating players, Alex Swiatlowski and Grant Sonnenberg.

The 'Pack fall to 2-20 on the season and close out the year on the road in Saskatoon against the Huskies.

Lars Bornemann finished with a game-high 17 kills for the hometown team with Devon Cote finishing in double figure in kills with 11. Eli Risso led the way once again for the Heat defence with 11 digs. His season total of 254 is the high mark at UBC Okanagan for a single season and the fifth highest total in Canada West history. Blair Bann from UBC has the record of 283 (2010-11), but Jeremy Davies from Brandon has 282 on the year and is set to surpass Bann for top spot next weekend.

The hometown Heat led from the start in the first set thanks to 11 kills in the frame. The Heat led 16-11 at the technical timeout and never relinquished the lead en route to a 25-23 win.

Neither team could gain much separation in a tight second set as the Heat led 16-15 at the technical timeout. The Heat extended their lead and would close out the second with a cheeky Lars Bornemann tip to win the second set 25-21.

Off to a quick start in the third set UBCO led 10-6 early on, but the WolfPack bounced back to tie the game up at 10-10. Another quick 4-0 run forced a ‘Pack timeout with the Heat once again up four, at 14-10. The WolfPack bounced back again and made it a one-point game at the technical timeout, 16-15. After a 5-1 run by the team from Kamloops the Heat were forced to call a timeout with the score 20-17 for the visiting WolfPack. The third set would go to extra points, and after multiple opportunities to finish the game Lars Bornemann provided the game-winning kill to end an exciting third set with the final score 29-27.

The WolfPack were led by Daniel Eikland Rod who finished with a team-high 11 kills and Randy Grundmann chipped in with 10 kills of his own. Cole Keddie finished with 11 digs for the visitors on defence.

The Heat had the advantage on the stat sheet as they led in kills (43-35), hitting percentage (.239-.119), total blocks (10-5) and had five fewer attack errors (17-22).

NOTES: Prior to the match the Presidents' Cup ceremony took place, TRU men's volleyball head coach Michael Hawkins presented Thompson Rivers President Dr. Allan Shaver with the men's cup.

~ Oliver Rizun, UBC Okanagan 



RECAP: Heat and WolfPack tied in standings after weekend split

After closing out a President’s Cup victory with a win Thursday night, the Heat fell to the ‘Pack in the second half of the teams’ annual home-and-home series Saturday night.

Women's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Saturday, February 18th, 2017
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC

FINAL	                1	2	3	4	SCORE
Thompson Rivers (13-9)	25	25	21	25	3
UBC Okanagan (13-9)	17	14	25	21	1

KELOWNA, BC -  The UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team fell to the visiting Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Saturday night by a score of 3-1. With the weekend split the Heat and the WolfPack will go into their final weekend of the Canada West regular season tied in the standings with matching records of 13-9.

Set scores on Saturday night were 25-17, 25-14, 21-25, and 25-21.

The third set saw the Heat play most like themselves, as they took the win 25-21. Kills were 16-15 and hitting percentages were .250 - .200, with the home side having the advantage in both. UBC Okanagan scored six straight early in the set to jump out to a lead at 8-4, and after the 'Pack scored four straight to tie it up at 8-8 the Heat went on another run to go ahead 12-8. At the technical time-out it was 16-14 for UBCO, and a kill from Festival immediately after the break put them up 17-14. From then on neither team scored more than two consecutive points, and the Heat were able to seal the win with the final two points coming courtesy of an Aidan Lea kill and a WolfPack attacking error.

At the technical time-out in the fourth set the Heat were up 16-13, but a five-point run by the WolfPack put the visitors ahead 18-6 and forced a UBCO time-out. A huge block from Fitzpatrick and Lea brought the Heat back within one at 18-17, but a service error and another big block by the 'Pack put TRU back up by three at 20-17. A pair of kills from Iuliia Pakhomenko and another from Morgan Kolasa gave the WolfPack set point, and a Heat attack error provided the final point as TRU took the set and 25-21 and the match 3-1.

Statistically the teams were nearly even on Saturday night, though Thompson Rivers finished the match ahead in kills (46-41), hitting percentage (.197 - .095), assists (42-40), digs (66-62), total blocks (10-6), and service aces (9-6).

Individually, TRU's Iuliia Pakhomenko proved why she is considered one of the best players in the country by finishing with a match-high 24 kills. Behind her for the 'Pack was Rachel Windhorst, with eight. Abby Spratt had a match-high 34 assists, and Morgan Kolasa and Spratt finished tied for a match-high in service aces with three apiece.

For the Heat it was Siobhan Fitzpatrick leading the attack finishing with 14 kills. Aidan Lea was next behind her, with 10 kills. Fitpatrick and Megan Festival led UBCO with two service aces each, and Lea had a team-high three blocks.

The first set went to the visiting WolfPack, 25-17. Hitting was relatively even in the set, with each team having nine kills and the Heat finishing with just two more attacking errors, six to TRU's four. Hitting percentages were .172 - .091 for the visitors, and that slight advantage in consistency was the difference. A pair of runs in the first half of the set put the WolfPack ahead, as they strung together six straight to go up 6-2, and then seven straight to go up 14-8 before going into the technical time-out with a 16-9 lead. The Heat strung together four late to make it 22-15, but it wouldn't be enough before Abby Spratt buried a kill to finish the set.

Kills in the second were 9-5 for TRU, who hit .240 while holding the Heat to .-222. Once again Thompson Rivers took a 16-9 lead into the technical time-out, after stringing together more runs of three and four points while not allowing UBC Okanagan to score more than two consecutively. Again after the break the 'Pack continued their consistent attack, stringing together four straight to go up 18-9 and force Heat head coach Steve Manuel to call another time-out. Erin Drew broke that run with a kill that caught the TRU receivers off balance, but more errors and excellent defensive play from the Wolfpack put them well ahead late. A kill from Mikayla Funk provided the final point, as TRU took it 25-14.

The UBC Okanagan Heat (13-9) will play their final matches of the Canada West regular season next weekend at home again, when they host the Grant MacEwan Griffins (8-14) on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25. The Thompson Rivers WolfPack (13-9) will close out their season on those same days, when they travel to play the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (6-16).

NOTES: The game marked the end of this year's women's President's Cup competition which was already won by the Heat prior to the game. After the match Steve Manuel, head coach of the Heat women's volleyball team, presented the women's Cup to Professor Deborah Buszard, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.

~ Grayson Leahy, UBC Okanagan 

RECAP: Swiatlowski's 16 kills power the Heat over the 'Pack


With the Thursday four set win in Kamloops over the WolfPack UBC Okanagan win their sixth match of the year and play again on Saturday in Kelowna at 7 p.m.

Men's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Warner Rentals Court, Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC

FINAL	                1	2	3	4	SCORE
UBC Okanagan (6-15)	29	25	25	25	3
Thompson Rivers (2-19)	27	22	27	21	1

KAMLOOPS, BC - The UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball team captured the first of two weekend games against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack on Thursday night in four sets.

The Heat were led in Kamloops at the Tournament Capital Centre by fifth-year player Alex Swiatlowski who finished the game with a game-high 16 kills and 12 digs. Eli Risso continued to lead the Heat defense with 13 more digs to add to his impressive season total of 243.

The Heat have now won six games on the season equaling the win total from 2014/15, their best total since they won eight Canada West contests in 2011/12. They have three matches left to try and set a new record for wins in Canada West, they'll get their first chance to work on that mark against this same WolfPack (2-19) team will be back at it on Saturday night in Kelowna at 7 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan Gym.

The first set was closely contested as the two teams were tied up at 16 a piece as they hit the technical timeout. After a great block from Joshua Harvey and Alex Swiatlowski the Heat gained the advantage at 24-23 although they could not capitalize on the set point that followed. After one of five Alex Swiatlowski first set kills, the Heat would win the first 29-27 after an attack error from the 'Pack.

The home team took advantage of some sloppy play from the Heat and led 16-10 at the technical timeout in the second set. The Heat fought their way back all the way until they tied it up at 21 apiece and then took the lead thanks to a Lars Bornemann kill. The Heat would finish the comeback in the second set with an Ethan Freund ace and win 25-22.

The third set went back and fourth throughout and would go to extra points again. A kill from Randy Grundmann would give the WolfPack a one point lead at 26-25 and then Daniel Eikland rod would put away the third set with a kill to force a fourth set.

UBC Okanagan would finish off the WolfPack in the fourth set 25-21 thanks to great play from middle Joshua Harvey who finished the game with 10 kills, .500 hitting percentage, six blocks, and two aces, scoring 15.5 points.

The team from Kamloops were led by Daniel Eikland rod who had a team-high 15 kills to go along with 11 digs. Randy Grundmann also had 12 kills for the WolfPack in their final home game of the season.

The WolfPack had more total kills then the Heat (56-48) however, the Heat committed eight fewer attack errors (22-30) and hit a better percentage (.190-.183). The Heat also had more total blocks (11.5-6) then the home team.

The win for the Heat men marks the first in the Presidents' Cup, on the men's side, this season. The Presidents Cup is based upon the three Canada West sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball) throughout the year. Thompson Rivers had already won the men's side of this year’s edition of the inter-school competition. UBC Okanagan won the women's side.

Heat head coach Brad Hudson (1st year):

On match:

“ All the sets were really close. They got to 16 before us every time. It was two teams who really wanted to win and compete. They clearly love each other and play for each other. It was a good match."

~ Oliver Rizun, UBC Okanagan // with notes from Larry Read, TRU Sport


RECAP: Four set victory in Kamloops on Thursday night

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A one game lead in the standings and the Presidents’ Cup are earned in win over Thompson Rivers on Thursday in Kamloops. Rematch in Kelowna on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Women's Volleyball (Canada West conference match)
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Warner Rentals Court, Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC

FINAL	                1	2	3	4	SCORE
UBC Okanagan (13-8)	25	25	25	25	3
Thompson Rivers (12-9)	19	27	18	19	1

KAMLOOPS, BC -  The UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team continued their playoff push with a four-set win over the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack on Thursday night. With the win the Heat tightened their hold on the fifth playoff spot with a one game advantage over the WolfPack with three games to play in the regular season.

The Heat (13-8) and WolfPack (12-9) will have a rematch on Saturday night back in Kelowna at 5 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan Gym.

One piece of business that will not need to be resolved on Saturday is the issue of the female Presidents’ Cup which also went to UBC Okanagan with the Thursday night win.

The win returned the trophy to UBCO after a two year absence. The Cup is a year-long competition from the three Canada West sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball). Full history. Scoring for this year.

Siobhan Fitzpatrick led the way for the Heat with a match-high 13 kills and seven digs and Kaitlynn Given finished with 11 kills and nine digs. The Heat defense was led by Megan Festival who finished with 15 digs along with six service aces, libero Sophia Furlan finished with 11 digs in the four sets.

The WolfPack were led by Rachel Windhorst who finished with a team-high 12 kills along with 11 digs. Kendra Finch had an outstanding game for the home team with a game-high 23 digs.

The Heat got off to a solid start in the first set and forced a WolfPack timeout with the lead at 14-10 Heat. After back-to-back Megan Festival aces the team from Kelowna held a 19-14 lead and forced another TRU timeout. The visitors closed out the first set 25-19 thanks to 11 kills.

The two teams went into the technical timeout of the second set with a 16-15 lead for the visitors from Kelowna. After the Heat went on a 5-1 run the WolfPack bounced back and went on their own 4-0 run to tie the game up at 21 all and force a timeout from UBC Okanagan head coach Steve Manuel.

A Kaitlynn Given kill gave the Heat set point at 24-23 but a service error tied the game back up at 24. The set would go to extra points and reigning Canada West and CIS player of the year Iuliia Pakhomenko and Morgan Kolasa would team up for the block to give the Pack a one point lead at 26-25. Mikayla Funk would close out the second set 27-25 for the home team with a service ace.

After losing the first point of the third set the Heat would take command of the set. The team led 16-11 at the technical timeout and would close out the third set 25-18 thanks to a Siobhan Fitzpatrick kill.

The WolfPack got off to a quick start in the fourth set and led 6-1 early but the Heat clawed their way back to tie the game up at 14 apiece and force a 'Pack timeout. A Skye Thompson ace gave the Heat a 22-19 lead and the team finished the match thanks to a Natalie Livingston kill. The fourth and final set finished 25-19.

The Heat led in kills (51-39), hitting percentage (.214-.154), service aces (13-4) and had nine fewer reception errors then the home team.

Heat Coach Steve Manual:

On match:

“The difference in the match was our ability to continue to battle. We missed something ridiculous like 20 serves. We kept the WolfPack from getting momentum for any great amount of time.  That aggressiveness from the service line. Those guys were blocking us like crazy. We missed a bunch of serves but kept on going. That made the difference in the end.”

On winning Presidents Cup (Female):

“Obviously it’s a matter of pride. I believe our President’s know each other fairly well (they are actually married). It is a nice thing for them to have bragging rights around the household. For us, it is a matter of pride when we play. The fact the competition involves all the teams: it makes it a little more interesting. It’s a matter of pride for us and playing ‘playoff’ ball. And they (TRU) are a playoff bound team as well.”

On Iuliia Pakhomenko and her significance to University Women’s Volleyball:

“One of a kind. We have not competed against anyone like her. She is very unique. Her amazing drive. Her physical talent. Her strength. Her competitiveness. She just raises the game and makes everyone else around her and across the net a lot better. Week in and week out, every time we play her.  I can honestly say I am sad to see her graduating.  I am not sorry we don’t have to play against her. But I am sorry that she is graduating and won’t be around. I have thoroughly enjoyed competing against her and the friendly stuff we have had between our two programs in preseason, during the season and at Christmas.  From that standpoint, we will certainly miss her for sure.”

~ Oliver Rizun, UBC Okanagan // with notes from Larry Read, TRU Sports

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