The University of British Columbia

RECAP: Heat fall in three sets to defending national champs

RECAP: Heat fall in three sets to defending national champs

LANGLEY, B.C. – The Spartans men's volleyball team picked up its 13th consecutive victory in conference play by defeating UBC Okanagan in straight sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-17) Friday at the Langley Events Centre.

Cam Vanderveen would have six kills and eight digs in the match for UBCO but it would not be enough against the No. 1 team in the country.
 
TWU has now won 36 of its last 38 sets against Canada West opponents, as the victory tied for third all-time in program history for total team assists (48) and kills (52) in a 3-set match. 

These two squads will be back at it again tomorrow night at the LEC with first serve set for 7 p.m. PST.
 
The win improved the Spartans conference-best record to 14-1, while the loss dropped to UBC Okanagan to 0-13.
 
Brodie Hofer led the Spartans attack with 12 kills and a .474 hitting percentage, while Eric Loeppky added 16 kills of his own.

Setter Jakob Hamilton would finish with 17 assists for the visitors in his six consecutive start.
 
The No. 1 Spartans were matched up evenly with UBC Okanagan through the first set, with both teams trading leads seven times throughout the majority of the set, before TWU broke the tie at 16-15 to ultimately win 25-21. Spartans setter Derek Epp (Saskatoon) had 14 assists in the set, while Loeppky added five kills. TWU held a .270 to .120 edge in hitting percentage.
 
Into the second set both teams once again kept pace with each other, with 12 tie scores including a late score of 20-20. A timely kill from Jacob Kern (Edmonton) then gave the Spartans a late lead, sparking a 5-1 run as TWU took the second set 25-21. TWU hit .281 in the set (16-7-32) compared to UBC Okanagan's .143 (7-4-21).
 
The Spartans continued rolling in the third set, with Mathias Elser (Calgary) leading the way by picking up 17 of his 18 assists in the match to help the Spartans win 25-17. 

TWU hit .346 (52-16-104) in the match compared to UBC Okanagan's .143 (20-10-70).

Seyara Campbell, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Spartans Athletics