Winnipeg, MB - While the Heat women's volleyball team would fall in four sets on Saturday night on the road against the Winnipeg Wesmen, they showed signs of growth including leading in three of the four sets.
After dropping the opening two frames by 25-14 and 25-23 scorelines, they would try and mount the comeback by capturing the third 25-19.
UBCO would have the opportunity to force a fifth set as they led 21-20 in the fourth, but were unable to close the deal against the Wesmen.
"I think we showed a bit of fight today for parts of it, so that's promising," Heat head coach Steve Manuel said. "Again, we can't maintain it for long enough and we can't do simple executions when we really have to down the stretch. But we saw a lot more tonight of what we're capable of doing, so there's some positives."
The young a new-look Heat team will have some time to regroup as they a bye week next weekend and will be back on the court Nov.16th against Mount Royal in Kelowna.
Inside the numbers:
- The visiting Heat would outhit the Wesmen on the night, totalling more kills (49-39) and a better hitting percentage (.207 - .183)
- Errors would be one of the deciding factors in the match as UBCO had more attack errors (21-16), reception errors (13-4) and blocking errors (4-0).
- Both Aidan Lea and Ann Richards would lead the Heat offence on the night with 17 kills each to their name.
- Setter Natalie Livingston would finish with a career-high 40 assists in the match to go along with nine digs and a block.
- Emma Parker finished with a double-double on the night for the Wesmen with 14 kills along with 10 digs.
- Fellow outside hitter Emma Parker would also finish with a double-double, notching 11 kills and 13 digs.
The Heat (0-6) will have their bye next weekend and will be back in action on home court starting Nov.16th against Mount Royal (2-2). The Wesmen (2-2) will continue their homestand next weekend when they play host to the top team in the Canada West in the Trinity Western Spartans (6-0).
~ Notes from David Larkins, Wesmen Athletics