The UBC Okanagan women celebrate a Canada West sweep of the Calgary Dinos in Kelowna on the weekend.

Heat volleyball squads red hot

UBCO women have won program-high 10 straight matches, while the men have won six in a row

  • Jan. 11, 2015 10:00 a.m.

The turn of the calendar did nothing to slow down the UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball squad.

Steve Manuel’s Heat women rolled into 2015 with a sweep of the Calgary Dinos over the weekend, running their Canada West volleyball win streak to 10 matches. The Heat is now 14-6, two points ahead of Alberta (13-3) for top spot.

The No. 2 nationally-ranked Heat took care of business on Friday with a four-set win over the sixth-ranked Dinos (19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22).

Brianna Beamish, who finished the match off with a patented laser beam in the fourth set, led UBC Okanagan with 10 kills and 11 digs.

Megan Festival chipped in with 11 digs and connected for eight kills. Chandler Proch was named player of the match with 28 assists.

“In the end it was the defence and blocking that made the difference for us,” said head coach Steve Manuel.

On Saturday, the Heat went back to work and, despite a glitch in the third set, posted another 3-1 win (25-14, 25-14, 20-25, 25-21) over Calgary.

Festival paced the Heat on with 15 kills and 13 digs, while fourth-year outside hitter Beamish (Surrey, BC) had 13 kills and five five digs.  Libero Kailin Jones contributed 10 digs to the Heat’s defensive effort.

Heat middle Katy Klomps was named Heat Player of the Game for a UBCO squad that looks mentally stronger by the week.

“Our team is maturing,” added Manuel. “We have the ability now to put aside what has happened at any one point in the match and just play from thereon in. It’s something that doesn’t come easy to any team. It’s another step in our development, being able to have a short memory.”

The first-place UBC Okanagan Heat look to run their match winning streak to 11 on Thursday night when they host the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack in Canada West women’s volleyball action.

First serve at the Kelowna campus is 6 p.m.

Six straight for Heat men

After losing 12 matches to start the Canada West season, the UBC Okanagan men have found their groove.

Greg Poitras’ Heat took down Calgary in back-to-back matches last weekend to run their win streak to six (6-12).

UBCO needed five sets on Friday (26-24, 16-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12).

The Heat was solid at the net with 17 blocks, including nine from middle Leo Schober and five from Josh Harvey. Jim Bell was the offensive bell ringer for the winning squad he hit .375 with 20 kills and was in on six blocks.

On Saturday, a cleaner effort by UBCO in a four-set win (22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23).

Lars Bornemann, who finished the match off with a kill to close out the fourth set , had eight kills atch and two of his team’s eight service aces.

Bell had four kills in the fourth set and led UBC Okanagan with 14 kills overall.

Third years Alex Swiatlowski and Heat Player of the Game Kristof Schlagintweit contributed 10 digs each.

“We’ve turned around our confidence, knowing we can execute our skills and that it doesn’t matter what they do on their side,” said Schlagintweit Now that we’re winning again, it makes it easier to play well.”

The Heat look to run their win streak seven on Thursday night when they host TRU. Game time is 8 p.m.



Just Posted

Proposed changes to Kelowna transit system benefits students

The No. 8 University route is set for the biggest change, with additional hours of service

Big White Fire Department raises more than $100,000 for new cross walks

The annual Rooftop Campout helped raised funds over the weekend

Gray opts out of Conservative nomination forum

Candidate cites ‘multiple’ legal opinions saying event contravenes election act

UPDATE: West Kelowna house fire not suspicious

The fire at a West Kelowna condo claimed the life of one tenant’s cat

New cougar study may provide answers to increased sightings in Kelowna

Sightings of the animal have doubled in the spring compared to last year

VIDEO: Fire contained to garage beside East Kelowna house

Garage is fully involved, say firefighters

Michael Dunahee’s disappearance remains the largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Total hogwash: Mr. Banks gives Okanagan cars a piggy polish

Mr. Banks, who lives on the Critteraid farm in the Okanagan, was offering the service on the weekend

Kamloops chamber of commerce director let go after controversial Facebook posts

Facebook account had derogatory comments about Muslims, Justin Trudeau

Eco-friendly home tour builds support for Okanagan students

Canadian Federation of University Women host fifth annual fundraiser

B.C. RCMP officer cleared after Taser incident seriously injures woman

Woman with knives refused to comply with orders therefore officer used appropriate level of force

‘Bikinishe’ swimwear retailer prompts Better Business Bureau warning

Watchdog has gotten dozens of complaints about company, which has been using fake Vancouver address

Video: Shuswap home to thriving community of beekeepers

Apiary operators share details about how they keep their hives healthy

Westwold stars in thriller film

Beyond the Woods set to release in June 2019

Most Read