LANGLEY, B.C. – Despite the Heat's strong serving, they were unable to comeback from last night's loss against the No. 1 Spartans, falling in three sets (25-21, 25-22, 25-19) Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
The win improves first place TWU to (16-2) atop the conference standings, while the loss drops UBC Okanagan's record to (6-10).
Avery Heppell and Hilary Howe each had nine kills for the No. 1 ranked Spartans, with Heppell hitting .471 in the match. Howe also added a game-high 10 digs for TWU, while Dora Komlodi chipped in with 19 assists.
UBCO was sparked by its serving, with Hellen Lacava, Natalie Livingston and Amaya Perry each credited with four service aces in the match. Perry added eight kills for the Heat, while Lacava added seven.
Both teams were knotted up four times through the opening stages of the first set, before TWU eventually showed signs of pulling away at (17-12). UBC Okanagan however would go on a (5-0) run to tie the game up again, before an Ansah Odoom kill helped sparked a (7-0) run for the home side. On set point the Heat then scored four points, before a service error from Perry gave TWU a (25-21) first set victory.
After surrendering the opening point of the second set, the Spartans went on a (6-0) run to take a (6-1) lead. The Heat then responded to take 12 of the next 20 points to sit just one point back. After both teams traded points, the Spartans then pulled ahead to take the second set (25-22). Komlodi had four digs and Howe had four kills in the set for TWU, while Lacava had a pair of service aces for the Heat.
TWU then took control in the third set, taking the first point and never looking back, winning the set (25-19) and taking the game in straight-sets. The Spartans hit an efficient .424 (17-3-33) highlighted by four kills apiece from Howe, Heppell and Mikaelyn Sych.
The Spartans hit .280 (35-12-82) in the match compared to UBC Okanagan's .054 (26-21-92).
The Spartans are back in action next weekend, traveling to UBC to take on the Thunderbirds Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (5 p.m.) at War Memorial Gym.
The Heat will hit the road to face off against Thompson Rivers on Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (5 p.m.) in Kamloops, B.C..
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~ Seyara Campbell, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Spartans Athletics