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.