KELOWNA, B.C. - A first set win proved not to be enough as the UBCO Heat fell in four sets to the MacEwan Griffins Friday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
Rookie Amaya Perry continued her strong play in 2020, her 13 kills in the game marked the third straight game the Chin, AB product has hit the double-digit kill mark, and the fourth time in January.
A balanced attack from the Griffins would help push them to victory with three players with 9 or more kills. Lauren Holmes led the Griffins with 10 kills, adding five digs and a pair of aces.
The loss drops the Heat to (6-13) on their year as the Griffins improve to (15-6).
After finding themselves down early in the match, an (11-1) run from the home side would spring them to a first set win. With Perry continuing her impressive play of late with five kills and two aces in the frame, the Heat would win 24 of the last 31 points to take the frame convincingly (25-11).
The Griffins would respond, quickly, taking the second set (25-12). After a quiet first set, Haley Gilfillian would come out with a strong second, finishing the game with 9 kills and adding 7 digs.
The third set would follow the same storyline as the first two; a double-digit set win. After a (5-5) start a MacEwan run led them to their second straight (25-12) set win.
The Griffins would go on to take the fourth set, again, by double-digits (25-12).
Helen Lacava would finish with 9 kills and 7 digs for the Heat in the losing effort. MacEwan's Lauren Holmes contributed 10 kills, five digs, and two service aces.
Heat head coach Steve Manuel was disappointed with the loss but was proud of his young team for stepping up to the plate.
"We were playing with first and second-year players, against fourth and fifth years, but they were playing hard."
The two teams face off in a rematch tomorrow night at 4 p.m. PST in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv present by Co-op.
~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information