Heat women open season with sweep of TRU

UBC Okanagan women live up to billing with two Canada West victories; men lose two to Wolfpack

After a convincing win to open the women’s volleyball season Friday night in Kamloops over  Thompson Rivers University, the UBC Okanagan Heat were equally impressive Saturday night on their home court.

The No. 4-ranked Heat swept the Wolfpack 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-13) at UBCO  to open the Canada West campaign with back-to-back wins.

“We’re happy with where we are at this time of the season,” said Heat head coach Steve Manuel. “Any time you can beat a Canada West team back to back, it’s a positive thing.”

Player of the Game Brianna Beamish led the Heat attack with 11 kills, while Kaitlynn Given put in another strong offensive showing, connecting on nine kills in addition to serving the ‘Pack extremely tough to the tune of four service aces. Given had 19 kills in a Heat sweep on Friday.

Rookies Erin Drew  and Michelle Jakszuk, in extended action, played extremely well in the first home game of their careers, with both players picking up a service ace in the second set.

“We’ve got a pretty deep roster,” added Manuel. “We’re pretty young in a lot of places but …we’re excited about how it’s going to look in the very near future, (and things)look pretty good right now.”

The Heat will play host to the Mount Royal Cougars this weekend, Nov. 2 and 3, in a rematch of last year’s Canada West quarter-final with first serve set for 1 p.m. both days.

Heat men

The UBC Okanagan men have opened the Canada West season at 0-2 after losing both ends of a weekend doubleheader to Thompson Rivers University.

On Friday in Kelowna, the Wolfpack swept to a 3-0 win 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-22).

Nate Speijer led all Heat hitters with 15 kills, while Bornemann, Joshua Harvey, and Kyle Pankratz all tallied five kills of their own in the season-opening spoiler.

On Saturday, another trademark Speijer performance was spoiled, as Brad Gunter and Philip Ozari countered Speijer’s 27 kills with 33 combined kills to push the ‘Pack past the Heat in a 3-1 (25-16, 27-25, 23-25, 25-22) victory at  Tournament Capital Centre.

The Heat will return home for the next weekend of play, hosting the Mount Royal Cougars for a weekend series beginning Saturday, Nov. 2 and concluding Sunday, Nov. 3 Both games are scheduled for 3 p.m.


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