The University of British Columbia

RECAP: Heat look forward to a bye week after a three set loss to Winnipeg

RECAP: Heat look forward to a bye week after a three set loss to Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — UBC Okanagan did not serve and pass as well on Saturday night as they did on Friday allowing the Winnipeg Wesmen to work a lot quicker dispatching the UBC Okanagan Heat 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-20) in a Canada West conference match at the Duckworth Centre.

With the three-set win the Wesmen now have a 2-0 record.

UBCO, looking to push the match past three sets, was up 8-2 in the third before falling in the final set now see their record fall to 0-6.

Max Heppell had 12 kills to lead the Heat and Noah Campbell added 10 with a team high 14 points as he spun a pair of aces and a pair of blocks. Morgan Nichols ran the offense to a tune of 26 assists.

Eli Risso had 19 digs on the night and 41 over the weekend, he now has 780 in his career, placing him seventh in the Canada West record books.

Adrian Dyck led the Wesmen with 10 kills, while Daniel Thiessen hit .533 for the night, notching nine kills and just one error on 15 swings. Ethan Duncan added eight kills, plus three aces, and libero Darian Picklyk had a team-high 10 digs. 

"A couple guys performed better tonight than they did last night, for sure," Wesmen head coach Larry McKay said. "Overall the team was maybe a little better than last night, but last night was a good match for us. We were under a lot of pressure situations and we were fortunate to get through and tonight their outsides were really frustrating us."

"I just think they played better than us. It's pretty straightforward," head coach Brad Hudson said. "Offensively, I think our efficiency was OK. Again, we just didn't respond in serve/pass and that's pretty much it. It's the truism of our sport: if you lose serve/pass, you're probably going to lose, and we did a great job of that."

Winnipeg hit .227 for the match and won the blocking battle with eight to UBCO's four.

A week off is on the calendar for the UBC Okanagan volleyball team. They will be back in action Friday, November 16th, at home, when they host the Mount Royal Cougars. First serve at UBC Okanagan is scheduled for 8 p.m. PST.

 ~ David Larkins, Wesmen Athletics