KELOWNA, B.C. - Strong play from role players off the bench was not enough for a UBCO Heat win as they hosted the Winnipeg Wesmen Saturday at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
After an 18 kill performance last night, Denham O'Reilly played another solid game tonight. With a team-high nine kills, adding a season-high six blocks for the Heat.
Noah Campbell would come off the bench for the Heat, recording nine kills, an ace, and five digs.
The loss keeps the Heat winless on the season at (0-12), while the Wesmen improve to (8-6) on their campaign.
Daniel Theissen and Nigel Nielsen would once again be under the main spotlight for Winnipeg. The duo would each record four kills in the opening set as the visitors grabbed the lead, (25-20).
After taking the second set convincingly, the third would be more tightly contested. A timely kill from Theissen would spark Winnipeg on a (5-0) run late in the frame, pushing his team past UBCO.
Theissen, Winnipeg's offensive leader this season, finished with a game-high 12 kills, seven digs, and three blocks. For the Wesmen, Liam Kristjanson recorded eight kills and Mikael Klegg would end with a game-high 27 assists.
UBCO's Teo Ardanaz would hit 1.000 in the first set with four kills, ending with five on the game. Also with a strong performance was Johnson Yi, who was a presence at the net all weekend for the home squad, he chalked up five blocks in tonight's match.
UBCO hit .151 on the night, outmatched by Winnipeg's .214.
Heat head coach Brad Hudson was impressed by some of his bench players despite the loss.
"I don't think anyone can question [Noah Campbell and Matt Aubrey's] intent or their determination to try to bring some fire to the group. It's just one of those things where you've got to learn how to win... It's all about incremental growth… those guys that went in, I thought, did a pretty good job."
The Heat head to Langely for a tough matchup against the No. 1 national ranked Trinity Western Spartans (11-1). The Wesmen continue their road trip as they make their way to Regina to take on the Saskatchewan Huskies (7-7).
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information