KELOWNA, B.C. - Rookie setter Abigail Dueck had 37 assists in her first career Canada West start for the UBCO Heat as they took down the Winnipeg Wesmen on Saturday at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
Rookie Amaya Perry also had a standout game for the home side. The first-year outside hitter would lead UBCO offensively with a team-high 17 kills, a new career-high, adding five aces in the winning performance.
The visiting Wesmen's hitting percentage in the match was .180 compared to the Heat's .240, the second-highest mark for UBCO this season.
The win improves the Heat to (6-8) on the season as the loss drops the Wesmen to (7-9)
Powered by Perry's seven kills in the frame, a quick (10-1) run in the midst of the first set would guide the home side to a first set win (25-22). Dueck would set a new career-high in assists in the first set alone with 13.
Ashleigh Laube would help change the tides for the Wesmen with eight of her game-high 19 kills in the second set. Winnipeg would take the stanza (25-17).
However, the Heat would bounce back in convincing fashion, taking the third set (25-12) which included back-to-back-to-back aces from Perry.
In a tightly contested fourth and final set, the Heat would get hot late and come out victorious. A (7-2) run to end the game would give UBCO a (25-22) set win.
For the Heat, Helena Lacava finished with 13 kills and 15 digs, libero Claudia Corneil would add 27 digs as well as her first career kill in her 39th career game.
Mikaela Cameron recorded 31 assists and 19 digs for Winnipeg.
After Friday's loss Heat head coach made strategic changes for today's game.
"I think we made some adjustments today as a whole, and then the players adjusted well as the match went on and we just found a way… We've got young players on the floor and they're stepping up. It's exciting to see them have an opportunity…. It just bodes well for the future."
The Heat now hit the road for a tough matchup against the No. 1 ranked team in Canada, Trinity Western Spartans (14-1). The Wesmen continue their road trip with a pair of matchups against the Saskatchewan Huskies (9-5).
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information