SASKATOON – The UBC Okanagan Heat continued their winning ways on Friday night, earning their fifth straight victory in a road match against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The 3-0 win marks the Heat's third straight road win, after sweeping the Brandon Bobcats last weekend, and validates the U SPORTS Top 10 poll having moved them up to No. 2 in the nation earlier this week.
The Heat were dominant all around Friday night, taking it to the Huskies at the net both defensively and offensively. With impressive disparities in attacking and defending, the Heat were able to wrap up the first of this weekend's matchups against the Huskies in straight sets.
First Set: (25-15)
The Heat dominated the Huskies on the offensive side of the ball in the first, finishing with a hitting percentage of .273 against Saskatchewan's -.147. Kills were 9-5, as the Heat made just three errors to the Huskies' 10.
Saskatchewan started out the set ahead, but the Heat quickly took over. A seven-point run put the Heat head 7-2, behind the excellent serving of Siobhan Fitzpatrick, and they never let up. Another run put them up 20-10 after the technical time-out, and they closed out the frame with an impressive kill by Aidan Lea.
Second Set: (25-19)
Again in the second it was the Huskies on the board first, but once again the Heat responded with a big run, this time to pull ahead 9-4. Saskatchewan had a run that tied it up at 15, but starting with the point that brought the technical time-out the Heat strung together five straight, putting them ahead 20-15. Taking advantage of Huskies errors late, the Heat this time got the final point on a kill by standout setter Sara McCreary.
Third Set: (25-12)
The third was the Heat's most dominant set, as they clinched the match win with a 25-12 set victory. UBCO hit .462 in the frame, and held Saskatchewan to a .000 attacking percentage, with the kills being 13-8.
UBCO led for the entirety of the final frame. They put together a run early on, stretching their lead to 14-7, and were ahead 16-8 at the technical time-out in the middle of another run. Six straight points late saw them pull ahead 24-11, and a kill from Aidan Lea provided the exclamation point as they sealed the win.
Defensively it was Fitzpatrick leading the way with eight digs, and Drew heading up all blockers with seven stops.
Emily Koshinsky had a match-high 11 kills, and Mackenzie Pek had a team-high 16 assists. Georgia Hurry led her side with a hitting percentage of .250.
Koshinsky and Jenelle Sokoloski led the Huskies in digs with five apiece, while Hurry and Carissa Noble shared a team-high of three total blocks apiece.
By the Numbers:
The Heat's hitters finished well ahead of Saskatchewan's on Friday night. The visitors finished with the advantage in kills (37-21), hitting percentage (.329 - -.041), and assists (33-21).
Defensively it was the Heat's night as well, as they finished ahead in total blocks (13-6) and digs (38-24).
The UBC Okanagan Heat (13-4) and the Saskatchewan Huskies (9-10) will play again tomorrow evening, with first serve scheduled for 4 p.m. PST in the University of Saskatchewan gym.
~ Grayson B. Leahy, Heat Sports Information