BRANDON, Man. – It was five-set Friday once again for the Heat as they would fall this time around to the Brandon Bobcats in a back-and-forth Friday night tilt.
A kill from Jade Bussard would give the Heat a match point in the fifth (14-13) but they were unable to close it out against the pesky Bobcats.
The win is Brandon's first of the conference season and couldn't come at a more important time as this weekend is the final matches before the December break.
UBCO would rack up 18 service aces on the night while the Bobcats had 12 of their own.
Caitlin Le's match-high 19 digs add to her conference lead, but more importantly it gives the Bobcats a big win at a crucial point of the season.
The first set was evenly matched as the visitors took it 25-22, but the second set saw the most energy from Brandon in weeks as Le's spectacular defence helped steady the Bobcat passing game and offence.
Jamie Bain served tough for BU, keeping the Heat out of system in the third and the fourth. but then Heat head coach Steve Manuel used both time-outs early in the fourth as one last attempt to rally his team.
After trailing by as much as five points late in the fourth frame, Perry served the Heat to a 25-23 set win to force the fifth.
Brandon jumped to an early lead in the fifth before Perry served the Heat to match point, but the Bobcats would not be denied as Ravyn Wiebe ended the match with two consecutive aces of her own.
Wiebe's 18 kills were a match-high for Brandon while Danielle Larocque added 10 attack points along with a couple of blocks.
The win moves Brandon's record to (1-10) while UBC-Okanagan sits at (5-6.)
The two teams meet again Saturday in Brandon with first serve scheduled for 5 p.m.
~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Tyler Crayston, BU Athletics