UBCO's Kyle Pankratz (left) and Leo Schober team up for a block against Brandon University in Canada West volleyball action.

Heat men rebound for split in Brandon

UBC Okanagan comes from behind for win Saturday in Canada West volleyball

After losing handily on Friday night in Brandon, the UBC Okanagan Heat rebounded the following night to earn a weekend split in Canada West men’s volleyball.

The Heat emerged with a come from behind five-set win (20-25, 22-25,  25-19, 25-16, and 15-13) Saturday over the BU Bobcats.

Lars Bornemann was the top scorer for the Heat with 16 kills, while adding a match-high nine blocks.

Second-year Ethan Freund stepped in for starting setter Kristof Schlagintweit and played four of the five sets against Brandon.

In the fifth set, Brandon got off to strong start with a 4-0 lead, but UBC Okanagan responded with four straight points of their own. The Bobcats were up 8-6 at the turn, but the Heat once again rallied off four straight points for a 10-8 advantage.

The two sides exchanged points after that, with Brandon eventually tying the set 13-13.

Tied 13-13. the Bobcats were called for a carried ball on the next point, then Adam Kerndialed up a service ace for the winning point for the Heat.

A night earlier, the Heat dropped a three-set match to the Bobcats  (25-15, 25-22 and 25-18.

Bornemann was the top scorer for the Heat with eight kills and 10 digs.

Jim Bell, recovering from an injury, and Alex Swiatlowski added seven kills apiece in a losing cause for UBC Okanagan, now 2-8 on the Canada West season.

Greg Poitras’ squad returns to action Thursday against the TRU Wolfpack in Kamloops.

The teams will meet again in the back half of the home-and-home on Saturday in Kelowna. First serve at UBCO is 7 p.m.



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