VANCOUVER, B.C. - Senior outside hitter Ann Richards had 13 kills on just 21 attacks but the Heat fell to the UBC Thunderbirds on Friday night at War Memorial gym in three sets.
The T-Birds used an efficient .266 hitting percentage to capture all three sets by 25-18, 25-23, and 25-13 scorelines.
With the loss, UBCO falls to 2-15 on their conference season while UBC takes over sole possession of fourth place in the Canada West standings with a 10-7 record.
Setter Natalie Livingston stuffed the stat sheet once again for the visitors as she had 16 assists, six digs, four kills and two total blocks.
For UBC, it was Kiera Van Ryk continuing her hot play, as the senior national team member had 14 kills, five digs and three service aces in just three sets of action. Olivia Furlan got the better of her older sister Sophia as well as the setter had 27 assists and two aces in the victory.
The two teams will renew acquaintances on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. PST at War Memorial Gym.
The two UBC sides traded blows early in the opening set before Tessa Davis gave the T-Birds the lead at 7-6 and made it 9-7 with her second kill. Davis' third kill of the match put the 'Birds up 12-8 and Jayde Robertsen widened the gap on a block at 20-15 Thunderbirds. Ciara Hanly combined with Victoria Behie and Furlan for three consecutive blocks in a lengthy rally for a set point, and yet another Furlan-Hanly block won the set at 25-18.
Robertsen dropped her second ace of the match for a 7-4 lead in the second set, but Sydney Grills came up with a big block for UBCO to tie it at 11-11. Aidan Lea broke yet another tie with an ace to give the Heat a 14-13 edge that they carried to a 16-14 lead at the technical timeout. UBC and UBCO went shot-for-shot down the stretch before Natalie Livingston served long to put the 'Birds up 23-22 and a Hanly block gave UBC a set point. Captain Behie stepped into the role of setter and assisted Van Ryk's eighth kill to take it, 25-23.
With the third set knotted up at 7-7, Davis smacked her sixth kill and Van Ryk went on a serving run to give UBC a 11-7 advantage. The Thunderbirds extended their lead to 16-10 at the break and rode a Hanly serving run to a 22-11 lead. Van Ryk earned a block for a set point at 24-13 and won it for the 'Birds on an ace.
~ Oliver Rizun with notes from Aneesa Heatherington UBC Communications