The University of British Columbia

RECAP: Heat topped by No. 5 ‘Birds in four sets

RECAP: Heat topped by No. 5 ‘Birds in four sets

Kelowna, B.C. - UBCO's comeback stalled after they took the third set off the fifth-ranked visiting Thunderbirds. UBC squeaked out a win in the fourth set as the Heat fell to their sister school, the UBC T-Birds, in four sets on Friday night in the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium. 

For the Heat, two players would hit double figures for kills, Max Heppell with 14 and fifth-year senior Denham O'Reilly, with 12 kills and 11 digs.

The T-Birds were led by Matt Neaves with 13 kills and six digs, Coltyn Liu with 10 kills, five service aces, and eight digs, and Jordan Deshane who earned 10 kills.

The service line would also play a crucial role, as the Heat had zero aces but committed 12 errors compared to the 'Birds, who had 10 aces and 17 errors.

The Heat pushed back late in the first set to come within four points, however, were unable to close that gap as the T-Birds took the set (25-20). 

A balanced attack by the 'Birds, coupled with a set of errors by the Heat, led to the visiting squad taking the second set (25-13).

Going into the third set, UBCO took the lead on a (3-0) run to start off their third set comeback. The Heat were able to hang on to their lead, up (16-12) at the technical timeout.

The visitors responded by tying it up late in the set at (18-18). A kill and a block by Teo Ardanaz would propel the Heat ahead to take the set (25-22).

In the fourth set, the T-Birds were held to an only six-point lead at the media timeout (16-10), however, they pulled away and took the final set (25-15).

The win is UBC's 14th on the season to (14-5) while the loss drops the Heat to (2-17). The Thunderbirds currently sit a game back of the Alberta Golden Bears for the second spot in the Canada West standings with three games remaining.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow night in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium at 6 p.m. PST.

Saturday night will be Graduating Player night for UBC Okanagan, prior to their match they will celebrate the careers of Denham O'Reilly and Johnson Yi.

All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.

~Seyara Campbell, Heat Sports Information