Heat men lock up first place
For the second year in a row, the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team has clinched the BCCAA’s regular season title.
The Heat pushed their record to 11-1 with a pair of victories over the weekend on the Lower Mainland.
On Friday in North Vancouver, UBCO dropped Capilano 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 27-25).
On Saturday in New Westminster, a much closer match as the Heat needed four sets to dispose of Douglas College (25-18, 29-27, 25-27, 25-19).
By securing top spot, the Heat will have a first-round bye when they host the provincial championship Feb. 24 to 26 in Kelowna.
UBCO has a bye this coming weekend, then will close out the regular season Feb. 4 and 5 at home to Camosun and VIU.
The battle for top spot in BCCAA women’s volleyball is likely to come down to the final night of the regular season when the UBCO Heat host the VIU Mariners on Saturday, Feb. 5.
VIU Mariners leads the conference at 11-0, with the Heat just a game back at 11-1.
The Mariners handed UBCO its only defeat before Christmas.
The two-time defending national champs are coming off a sweep on the Lower Mainland on the week.
On Friday, UBCO rebounded from a slow start to beat Capilano 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16).
On Saturday, the Heat needed the minimum three sets to drop Doulgas Collge 3-0 (25-21, 25-8, 25-7).
UBCO has a bye this weekend before returning to conference action Friday, Feb. 4 at home to Camosun.
Whether they finish first or second in the BCCAA, the Heat is guaranteed a bye and second-round berth at provincials Feb. 24 to 26 in Kelowna.
Both Heat squads are playing their final season in the BCCAA before their moved to the CIS in 2011-12.