UBC Okanagan falls to 2-9 after tonight’s loss, their sixth straight. The Bobcats move to 7-6 and have won five in a row.
Fourth year outside hitter Alex Basso (Kelowna, BC) had a team-high 10 kills for the Heat while libero Kailin Jones (2nd year, Kelowna, BC) added 10 digs. Kendra Wayling (3rd year, Castlegar, BC) stepped into the setter role with Chandler Proch’s (2nd year, Kelowna, BC) injury. In Wayling’s debut as a setter she recorded 24 assists.
Jaryn Ruether led the way for the Bobcats with 12 kills to go along with 10 digs. Chloe Reimer had a match-high 16 digs, and rookie Shanlee McLennan put up 13 kills.
“Brandon played a very consistent match and made us earn every point,” commented UBC Okanagan bench boss Steve Manuel. “We played well at times but struggled with untimely errors. It took us a while to get into a groove with our new lineup but we were finally playing well by the third set. Kendra Wayling is beginning to settle into her new role as the starting setter. Tonight was her first official match as a setter with her only previous setting experience being last weekend’s 2 exhibition matches.”
The Heat will look to get back on the winning track and halt the Bobcats’ winning streak when these two teams meet again in the second half of the weekend series Saturday night in Brandon at 4 p.m. PST.