KELOWNA, B.C. - In an emotionally charged match, the UBCO Heat's attempt to comeback fell just short as the MacEwan Griffins won in five sets on Saturday at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
The intensity level was raised during the Heat's comeback as the teams threw all they could at each other. The Heat would capture the fourth set, but MacEwan would take a fifth which was littered with 50-50 calls on both sides.
The hosting UBCO team finished with six players with five or more kills, led by Amaya Perry with her 19, a career-high. This marked the fourth game in a row Perry, the rookie, has recorded double-digit kills, she hit .216 on 51 total attacks.
In the winning effort, three Griffins finished with 10+ kills, including Haley Gilfillian and Hailey Cornelis with 13 apiece.
The win improves the Griffins to (16-6) while the Heat drop to (6-14) on the season.
The Heat would take the first set, much like the night before, in convincing fashion. The Griffins would follow the script, taking sets two and three handily.
In a wild fourth set, neither team was able to gain an advantage, but after several extended rallies, the Heat would take the stanza (26-24), forcing a deciding fifth.
A tightly contested, highly emotional fifth set ensued. Defined by long rallies, the Griffins came out of the set victorious.
Neither team was able to get an advantage over the other in the last sets, both playing with force offensively with steady defensive efforts.
Setter Natalie Livingston, who has the most blocks of any non-middle this season, had a pair of blocks in the opening set, en route to four in the game, also finishing with 42 assists. Hellen Lacava had 11 kills along with 20 digs, a career-high. Claudia Corneil set the defensive pace with 27 digs.
For the Griffins, Mckenna Stevenson put up 12 kills, Lauren Holmes led the team with 21 digs and Kylie Schubert had 40 assists in the win.
Next weekend the Heat host sister-school (9-10) UBC Friday at 6 p.m. PST. MacEwan makes their way back home as they host the (15-5) TRU Wolfpack.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information