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RECAP: Heat fall in four sets on the road

RECAP: Heat fall in four sets on the road

Kamloops, B.C. - Despite a first-set win, the UBCO Heat fell in four sets to the TRU WolfPack at the Tournament Capital Centre.

The victory moved Thompson Rivers to (13-5) on the year while UBCO fell to (6-11).

The win also secured the 2019-20 President's Cup series. It is a battle between Thompson Rivers and the University of British Columbia Okanagan in all Canada West sports. The Pack captured the women's title for a second straight year with three wins, two losses and a tie.

Offensively, Thompson Rivers was led by Kendra Finch with 16 kills, three service aces, and 12 digs. Abby Spratt had 5 kills and 38 assists, followed by Olga Savenchuk with 11 kills and 11 digs.

UBCO's offense was powered by Hellen Lacava with 13 kills and 15 digs, followed by Amaya Perry with 13 kills and 9 digs. Abigail Dueck also put up 24 assists in the losing effort for the Heat.

The WolfPack got off to a great start and were up (8-3) when UBCO head coach Steve Manuel called a timeout. The Heat went on a (6-0) run and eventually took the opening set (25-21) on a kill by Lacava. 

Thanks to kills from Finch and Savenchuk, the home team were up (16-11) at the tech time out. Savenchuk had four kills, two digs and two block assists as TRU evened the match taking the set (25-19). 

In the third, the teams traded points until UBCO went up by three (8-5) thanks to some tough serving again from Livingston.  After being down by as much as three (13-10), the Pack tied it up thanks to kills from Kocyigit and Gabriela Podloski.   

A Heat time out did nothing to phase the Pack as they took a (16-14) lead into the tech time out. The Heat came back and tied it up at 25. A kill by Kocyigit gave TRU a (28-26) victory.

In the third set, Finch's kill gave TRU a commanding 11 point lead at the tech time out (16-5). With TRU up (24-6), UBCO went on a mini-run before committing a service error to give the Pack a (25-9) victory.

The Heat and the WolfPack will close out their weekend series on Saturday at the Tournament Capital Centre at 5 PM PDT.  

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

~ Seyara Campbell, Heat Sports Information, with notes from TRU Athletics