Josh Harvey and the UBC Okanagan Heat took a pair of Canada West matches from Thompson Rivers University. (Heat Athletics)

Heat men sweep TRU, close at home

UBCO volleyball squad to miss playoffs, will look to finish strong against MacEwan

With a playoff spot long since out of reach, the UBC Okanagan men will be looking to close out the Canada West volleyball season with a positive result this weekend at home.

The Heat (7-15) will cap off the regular schedule with matches Friday ( 7 p.m.) and Saturday ( 8 p.m.) at UBC Okanagan against Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan Griffins (4-18).

The Heat will be trying to surpass its previous season total for victories, as the team won eight matches in 2011-12.

UBCO is also looking to build off a sweep of the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack last weekend.

On Thursday in Kamloops, UBCO prevailed in four sets over TRU (29-27, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21.)

Fifth-year Alex Swiatlowski finished with a game-high 16 kills and 12 digs.

The win was the first over TRU this season by a UBCO team in the men’s President’s Cup competition, which is based upon the three Canada West sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball).

Thompson Rivers had already won the men’s side of this year’s edition of the inter-school competition.

On Saturday in Kelowna, the Heat took downed the ‘Pack in three close sets, 25-23, 25-21, 29-27.

Lars Bornemann finished with a game-high 17 kills for the home team, while Devon Cote added 11 kills.

Eli Risso led the Heat in both matches with 13 and 11 digs respectively, to add to his impressive season total of 254 digs.