KELOWNA, B.C. - In the team's first home game of 2020, the hosting UBCO Heat women were topped in straight sets by the Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
Although it was a tightly fought match with both teams fighting battling momentum swings, the Wesmen would find themselves on top of all three sets (25-21) (25-18) (25-18). Third-year left side, Emma Parker continued her strong play for her hometown Wesmen, finishing with a game-high 15 kills.
The win pulls the Wesmen to a game under .500 at (7-8), while the loss for UBCO, their third in a row, drops them to (5-8) on the season.
Winnipeg's Haillie Bujan, a third-year middle, had six of her eight kills in the first set as she led her team to an early lead.
The Heat would claw their way back into the second set, going on a (6-2) run, finding themselves down two at (17-15). The Wesmen would recover with a run of their own, taking the set (25-18).
The Wesmen would carry their momentum into the third set, but not without a fight from the home side. Rookie Amaya Perry would record five kills in the set as UBCO pushed for a comeback.
A pair of errors from the Heat would ultimately end the game.
UBCO would hit under 13% in the game compared to the Wesmen's 23%.
Heat head coach Steve Manuel commented on the team's performance.
"It's going to be hard. We're asking first and second-year players to step up and play like veterans…. They'll continue to get better, day in and day out, and that's all we can do - keep playing the long game with these guys and it will come."
The two teams will rematch tomorrow night at 4 p.m. PST.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information