CALGARY – Max Heppell's streak of consecutive matches with double digits in kills comes to an end for UBCO, as fifth-year senior Mitchell Higgin was unstoppable for the University of Calgary leading his Dinos men's volleyball team over the visiting Heat squad.
In the penultimate home match of his career, Higgin helped Calgary pull out a 3-0 win (25-16, 25-16, 25-14) over UBC Okanagan Friday night in the Jack Simpson Gym.
Higgin recorded 11 kills on 12 swings from his middle position, hitting at a nearly 92 per cent clip to lift the Dinos to 12-9 on the season with one match remaining. The Heat fall to 2-19 on the year and will play out the string Saturday afternoon.
For UBCO, Max Heppell didn't hit the magic double-digit mark for the first time in six matches, but he still led the team in kills. Heppell and Cam Vanderveen had nearly identical stat lines, picking up eight kills against eight errors apiece. Matt Aubrey accounted for five more kills.
All three sets Friday followed a similar pattern, with the teams closely matched for the first half before the Dinos found another gear around the 13-point mark and pulled away. As a team, Calgary hit an impressive 45.1 per cent on the contest, while holding the Heat to just 11.5.
In addition to Higgin's 11 kills, Liam Kuppe had a big night with nine, while Hamish Hazelden added eight and Mac McNicol five. Calgary out-blocked UBCO by an 8-1 margin, and setter Tom Sorra was outstanding in directing the Calgary offence.
The Dinos will celebrate Higgin, McNicol, and Liam Laidlaw in a pre-game ceremony Saturday afternoon before the regular-season finale against the Heat. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m. PST, live on CanadaWest.tv presented by Co-op.
~ With notes from Ben Matchett, Calgary Dinos Sports.