Kamloops, B.C. - Despite a first-set win, the UBCO Heat fell in four sets to the TRU WolfPack at the Tournament Capital Centre.
The victory moved Thompson Rivers to (13-5) on the year while UBCO fell to (6-11).
The win also secured the 2019-20 President's Cup series. It is a battle between Thompson Rivers and the University of British Columbia Okanagan in all Canada West sports. The Pack captured the women's title for a second straight year with three wins, two losses and a tie.
Offensively, Thompson Rivers was led by Kendra Finch with 16 kills, three service aces, and 12 digs. Abby Spratt had 5 kills and 38 assists, followed by Olga Savenchuk with 11 kills and 11 digs.
The WolfPack got off to a great start and were up (8-3) when UBCO head coach Steve Manuel called a timeout. The Heat went on a (6-0) run and eventually took the opening set (25-21) on a kill by Lacava.
Thanks to kills from Finch and Savenchuk, the home team were up (16-11) at the tech time out. Savenchuk had four kills, two digs and two block assists as TRU evened the match taking the set (25-19).
In the third, the teams traded points until UBCO went up by three (8-5) thanks to some tough serving again from Livingston. After being down by as much as three (13-10), the Pack tied it up thanks to kills from Kocyigit and Gabriela Podloski.
A Heat time out did nothing to phase the Pack as they took a (16-14) lead into the tech time out. The Heat came back and tied it up at 25. A kill by Kocyigit gave TRU a (28-26) victory.
In the third set, Finch's kill gave TRU a commanding 11 point lead at the tech time out (16-5). With TRU up (24-6), UBCO went on a mini-run before committing a service error to give the Pack a (25-9) victory.
The Heat and the WolfPack will close out their weekend series on Saturday at the Tournament Capital Centre at 5 PM PDT.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~ Seyara Campbell, Heat Sports Information, with notes from TRU Athletics