SASKATOON – The UBC Okanagan Heat fell to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on the road Friday night, by a final score of 3-0. This marks UBCO's seventh straight loss, as they were unable to fight all the way back against the Huskies.
The Heat were the better attacking team early on, but were unable to maintain that advantage throughout. In the latter stages the Saskatchewan hitters took over, and earned the home side a straight-sets
First Set: (25-23)
Each side had 13 kills in a tight first set, but the Heat fell just shy of taking a win. With fewer errors (4-5) and a greater hitting percentage (.281 - .276) the Heat had a chance to take it, but late kills for the Huskies were the difference.
Leading early on, the Heat had the advantage heading into the technical time-out by a point, 16-15. After a number of ties coming out of the break, though, the Huskies took back the edge, and were able to hold off the Heat. After the Heat tied it up at 23-23, Colin Fraser and Dylan Mortensen provided the back-to-back kills that closed out the frame.
Second Set: (25-18)
Saskatchewan scored the first point of the second, and never gave up that lead. They pulled ahead 4-1 after a three-point run, and then 12-6 after another. At the break they were ahead 16-9. From then on they were able to keep the Heat at bay, and closed it out with a kill from Daulton Sinoski.
Kills were 11-10 for the Heat in the second, though they also had two more errors (6-4). Hitting percentages were .250 - .185 in favour of the Huskies.
Third Set: (25-23)
Again the Heat had the advantage in kills in the third (16-11), but errors were their downfall (10-4). The Huskies out-hit the Heat percentage-wise (.200 - .146).
The momentum belonged to the Heat early on in the final set, as they jumped out ahead 4-1 and them 10-5. At the technical time-out, the visiting side were ahead 16-12. After the break, though, Saskatchewan took over. A pair of three-point runs tied it up at 18-18, and the home side was able to roll on from there. The Heat tied it up at 22-22 after back-to-back kills from Devon Cote and Lars Bornemann, but the Huskies capitalized on a Heat mistake and got the clinching point on another kill from Colin Fraser.
Bornemann also led the team in digs, with seven, and Joshua Harvey had a team-high three blocks.
Dylan Mortensen was the Huskies' leading hitter, with 15 kills. Colin Fraser had the second-most for the home side, with eight.
CJ Gavlas had a match-high 11 digs, and Daulton Sinoski led the team with three blocks.
By the Numbers:
Kills were 40-34 in the match with the Heat having the advantage, while the Huskies had the better attacking percentage (.239 - .200). Assists were 39-31 for the Heat.
Service aces were 9-0 for Saskatchewan, who also had a slight edge in digs (31-30). Total blocks were 9-6, with the Huskies having the edge.
The UBC Okanagan Heat (5-12) and the Saskatchewan Huskies (8-11) will play again tomorrow evening, with first serve scheduled for 6 p.m. PST on the Ron & Jane Centre Court at the PAC.
~ Grayson B. Leahy, Heat Sports Information