LANGLEY, British Columbia – The UBC Okanagan Heat completed the weekend sweep of the Trinity Western Spartans with a 3-1 victory Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. The 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 victory improved the No. 9 Heat to 3-1 in Canada West conference play, while the loss drops the Spartans to 1-3.
UBC O picked up where they left off in last night's 3-0 win over the Spartans. The Heat jumped out to 15-12 lead at the technical timeout, before taking the opening set 25-20.
TWU made some line up adjustments in the second set, which paid dividends in the second set. The Spartans took an early 8-3 lead and before the Heat regained a 16-14 lead at the timeout. The two teams matched each other to 22-22, before TWU was able to take the final three points to even up the match with a 25-22 win.
The third set was an evenly played match to the 21-21 point. From there the Heat were able to outscore the Spartans 4-0 to take a 2-1 lead with a 25-21 third set win.
The Heat took control of the fourth set as they held a significant lead, 16-9, at the technical timeout. However, the Spartans rallied and took eight of the next nine points to cut the margin to one point, trailing 17-16. UBC Okanagan regained control with a 7-3 run to sit at match point with a 24-19 lead. Trinity Western held off three straight points before surrendering the set and the match 25-22.
Head Coach Ryan Hofer
"One of the strengths of our team is that we are pretty versatile. We have outside hitters that can play on both sides of the court and I have players on the sideline who can make an impact on the floor. Tonight we flipped Ashton Mackenzie and Hillary Howe so we could look for specific matchups and slow down some people who hurt us yesterday. We got the match up that we were looking for and I am really pleased with how we fought tonight."
"We have a lot of newness on our team and we are taking some time to learn our roles and responsibilities. We don't want to use it as an excuse, but we are going to take some time to learn. And when this group figures it out our starting point and ending point will be two different places."
"We are going to have to clean up out play in the next couple of weeks so that we can prepare for Brandon and be ready for them."
The Spartans will have a bye weekend before heading to Manitoba to face the Brandon Bobcats on November 10 and 11. UBC Okanagan will head home to host the Mount Royal Cougars on November 3 and 4.