The UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team hits the Christmas break with an 11-1 record.

The UBC Okanagan Heat women's volleyball team hits the Christmas break with an 11-1 record.

Heat women finish off strong first half

UBC Okanagan wins 11 of first 12 matches in Canada West women's volleyball

The UBC Okanagan Heat capped off a stellar first semester of the Canada West women’s volleyball season with a convincing weekend sweep of the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack.

The Heat heads into the break at 11-1, tied for the second in the conference with UBC and just two points back of Trinity Western (12-0).

On Thursday night in Kamloops, the Heat made short work of TRU with a 3-0 win (25-17, 25-9, 25-10).

Brianna Beamish led UBCO with 14 kills in 24 chances with five service aces, five digs and two solo blocks. Megan Festival had nine kills in 15 chances with three service aces and five digs. Emily Oxland had 29 assists, a service ace and three digs.

“They played unbelievable ball tonight,” Heat head coach Steve Manuel said of his team. “Hats off to the athletes themselves. They played flawless volleyball.”

Manuel liked what he saw again Saturday in Kelowna, as the Heat downed the Wolfpack 3-1 (25-15, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19) to close out the first half of the 2015-16 season.

Beamish led the Heat with 14 kills, while Festival and Katie Wuttunee produced eight kills a piece on the night.

Beamish moves to within 11 kills to reach the number one spot in the history of the Okanagan institution for total kills in conference regular season play with 714, 11 back behind Tammy Thomas who has a record of 725 kills.

Named player of the game, Michelle Jakszuk had six kills, 13 digs, and six blocks.

“The last game of the fall season is always big,” added Manuel. “Its a long time until our next match, and the last game you play always sticks with you.”

The Heat returns to action Jan. 8 and 9 in Winnipeg against the Manitoba Bisons.

Heat men

The UBC Okanagan men hit the halfway mark of the Canada West season with a 3-9 record after a split with the TRU Wolfpack.

The Heat came from behind Thursday in Kamloops to post a five-set win (18-25,27-25,22-25,25-22,15-10).

Leo Schober was the Heat’s main cog at the net with eight blocks. UBCO had three players in double figures for kills led by Lars Bornemann with 18,  Kyle Pankratz  with 17 along with five digs, while Alex Swiatlowski had 15 kills swings with five digs and six block assists.

On Saturday, the Wolfpack averted a sweep taking down the Heat in a tight match, 3-1(22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25).

Bornemann paced the Heat with 20 kills and five digs, Pankratz, followed with nine kills, and Alex Swiatlowski had seven kills, nine digs and one of UBCO’s service aces. First-year libero, Eli Risso had an impressive night capturing 13 digs in his time on the floor.

The Heat returns to action Jan. 8 and 9 in Manitoba against the Bisons.


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