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RECAP: O’Reilly leads Heat to weekend sweep over Griffins

RECAP: O’Reilly leads Heat to weekend sweep over Griffins

KELOWNA, B.C. - On the second night of their back-to-back, the UBC Okanagan Heat were able to down the MacEwan Griffins in straight sets on Saturday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.

The pair of victories was the second Heat sweep over the Griffins squad in the last three years. Boosted by the performance of Denham O'Reilly with his 13 kills, the Heat were able to capture their first three-set win of the season.

O'Reilly was humble despite his impressive weekend showing.

"It was all the setters and passers, they made it so the block has seams for me to expose. All the credit to them." He went on to say, "I think it shows where we've been progressing to this year. It feels good to get another win, proving that last night wasn't a fluke."

The win, UBCO's second in a row, lifts the Heat to (2-16) on the year as they overtake MacEwan in the standings, the Griffins fall to (2-18).

On the heels of a career-high 20 kill performance, O'Reilly hit five kills in the first set pushing the Heat to a (25-20).

In search of their first weekend sweep since November 2017, the Heat were able to secure the second set (25-17).

After hitting the fifth-most kills in a game all-time with 32 last night, UBCO was able to hold Max Vriend to just six through two sets, Vriend finished with a team-high 11 on 33 total attacks.

With the intensity rising as the teams head into the third stanza, the Heat gave up a four-point lead as the Griffins pushed for a comeback. The home side would push back and come out victorious, taking the final stanza.

Behind O'Reilly's 13 and Heppell's 12 kills, Teo Ardanaz filled the middle with six kills of his own, adding a pair of blocks. Morgan Nichols had 34 assists in the winning effort.

For the Griffins, Mark Alexander and Jordan Peters had five kills each, Jonathan Mohler had 14 assists in the loss.

Next weekend the Heat play host to sister school (13-5) UBC on Friday at 8 p.m. MacEwan heads home to host the (5-13) TRU Wolfpack.

All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.

~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information