The University of British Columbia

RECAP: Heat drop five set battle to U of S

RECAP: Heat drop five set battle to U of S

KELOWNA, B.C.Max Heppell and Cam Vanderveen would combine for 24 kills on Saturday night but it wouldn't be enough in the five set marathon against the Saskatchewan Huskies.

In a match that featured momentum swings throughout, it was the Huskies who took the match by the scruff of the neck in the fifth, capturing the final frame (15-5) for the victory. 

While both Vanderveen and Heppel played their part of the offensive end, it was Shawn Zhao who provided the spark on the night. Zhao, who was seeing playing time for the first time all conference season, came off the bench and put up five kills on five attacks late on.

"Shawn is a great kid, he's been with us for a couple years and the thing I like about him the most is he just cares a ton. He has had two months training with the other guys and he wasn't overwhelmed in the moment and he embraced it."

Commented Heat head coach Brad Hudson following his young squads narrow defeat.

"You can see glimpses of what we are capable of doing, it's just a matter of our group learning to sustain those moments."

It was Dylan Mortensen leading the way for the Saskatchewan attack on the night, as the second leading attacker in the conference racked up 19 kills, eight digs and five total blocks the victory. Daulton Sinoski was the only other attack to finish in double-figures for the visitors, racking up 10.

Saskatchewan hit .302 as a team in the match, compared to .079 for the hometown Heat. The Huskies block also made it tough on the home team all night long, racking up 13 total blocks, while UBCO had just eight.  

UBCO (0-8)  will get their bye week next weekend, but will return to action against the Brandon Bobcats (7-1) on the road in two weeks time. The Huskies (5-3) will travel to Langley next weekend to face the No. 1 team in the country, the Trinity Western Spartans (7-1).

All action all season long can be watched live and on-demand on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.

~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information