Saskatoon, SK – In the final match of the calendar year the UBC Okanagan Heat men's volleyball team, visiting the University of Saskatchewan, fell to the Huskies and their efficient attack in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-19).
In what was the final game before the Canada West conference halts for a winter break, Saskatchewan finished .363 percent of their attacks while simultaneously holding the Heat to .079. The Huskies also recorded six more blocks and service aces than the visitors.
UBCO will be off for the winter break but will return just after Christmas with a trip to Waterloo for some tune-up games before hosting Calgary the opening weekend of January.
The win sees Saskatchewan end the first half of their season with a record of 6-6 after they won their final three games of 2018. The team will next be in action for a pair of home exhibition games against Budo, a squad from Japan, on Dec. 29 & 30.
"I think it's important for the guys to have a good feeling heading into the holidays and also we have Budo coming in after the break, so I think that's going to be a real cultural experience for everybody," said Bennett.
Second-year outside-hitter Dylan Mortensen had 11 kills and was in on four blocks to lead the Huskies. Connor Murray had one of his stronger games of the season with ten kills on his 18 swings while CJ Gavlas was named
player of the game for his 30 assists, six dig night.
The first set was close until the middle portion of the frame, with the Huskies holding just a slim 13-11 lead. From there on out it was all the home team however as Saskatchewan jumped out to a 24-17 advantage. Two-straight points from UBCO pulled the Heat close but a service error ended the set with the Huskies up 25-19.
It was early dominance from the Huskies in the second set that made the difference as they jumped out to an 11-4 lead. The Heat attempted to battle back but Luke Wandzura put an end to that with two kills on either side of a solo block to make the score 24-17 and Murray finished things off with an ace.
In the third and final set, the Huskies continued to roll and held the Heat to just seven kills en route to the straight-sets victory.