LANGLEY, B.C. – The UBCO Heat women's volleyball team pushed for a comeback in the third set, but ultimately fell in straight sets to the No. 1 Spartans on Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans hit .455 (40-5-77) in the match, the fifth highest hitting percentage in a single game in program history. UBC Okanagan finished the match hitting .145 (27-15-83).
Mikaelyn Sych contributed six service aces for TWU, while Hilary Howe added a team-high 10 kills and nine digs for the Spartans (15-2).
After surrendering the opening two points of the match the Spartans offence was simply too much for the Heat in the opening set, with the home side taking it (25-14). TWU's first set was highlighted by four kills from Avery Heppell and two service aces from Sych. The Saprtans hit .750 in the set compared to the Heat's .115.
The second set was eerily similar, with the UBC Okanagan taking the first point before the Spartans responded on a (4-0) run. TWU would then hold onto the lead for the remainder of the set, winning (25-14). Howe had five kills for TWU while Sych picked up yet another pair of service aces. Spartans first-year Jayden Bontkes added her first career kill at home in the set.
After the Spartans went up (9-4) in the third set, the Heat nabbed 11 of the next 15 points to take a (15-13) lead. TWU however would fight back with Ansah Odoom at the line, nabbing three consecutive points and six of the next seven to take a commanding lead. Despite a late third set push, the Spartans would hold on to win the set (25-22) for their 15th win of the season.
The Spartans take on the Heat in a rematch Saturday (5 p.m. PST) at the Langley Events Centre.
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~ Seyara Campbell, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Spartans Athletics