Fourth year middle Katie Wuttannee had 12 kills Saturday night. (Photo Credit: UBC Okanagan)
Both the men’s and women’s UBC Okanagan volleyball teams took a hit Saturday night in Alberta.
Despite winning with a magnificent comeback during Friday’s game, the women’s team had to settle for a split against the Alberta Pandas on Saturday evening. The Pandas won the opening set 25-22, but the Heat rallied to tie the match with 25-21 in the second set. Alberta took the third set 25-10, likely learning from Friday’s game, and began to build up a lead in the fourth set.
The Heat put on the pressure and chipped away at the lead, bringing it to the same score as Friday night: 24-20 and down 2-1. However, the Pandas were determined to end things differently, and after one point, the Pandas won 25-21 with 3-1 overall.
#12 Michell Jakszuk playing the Pandas on Saturday. (Photo Credit: UBC Okanagan)
Though they didn’t win the rematch, Heat coach Steve Manuel was impressed with his team. ““To sum things up it was a very good weekend,” Manuel says. “We had limited preseason play and with a couple of injuries early on it was the first time we had everyone in the lineup. Our squad showed incredible resilience on Friday and fought to the end. We will take the split on the road against a tough Pandas team.”
“Bottom line,” finishes Manuel “is that we played the number one team in Canada in their gym and came away with a split.”
#6 Alex Swiatlowski made the most kills for the Heat men’s team both Friday and Saturday. (Photo Credit: UBC Okanagan)
Meanwhile, the Heat’s men’s team lost 3-0 to the defending national champions, the Alberta Golden Bears. The scores were close in all three sets, with 25-21 in the first, 25-20 in the second, and 25-20 in the third.
The Heat saw improvement from Friday’s loss, with four aces to Alberta’s three. Alex Swiatlowski made 11 kills, with Jim Bell making nine.
Both teams will host the Trinity Western Spartans next weekend at UBC Okanagan.