Kelowna, B.C. – The University of Regina Cougars defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat in three sets on Saturday night at UBC’s Okanagan campus gym (27-25, 25-22, 25-17).
After a slow start in the first set and down 16-24, the Heat got into an offensive scoring run on the serve of freshman middle Katy Klomps (Surrey, BC), winning 9 points in a row to get back into the set. The Cougars were not to be denied though, as they took the next 3 points to win the first set 27-25.
The Heat started the second set strong with a big kill by Katy Klomps and a service ace by sophomore setter Chandler Proch (Kelowna, BC), but the Cougars fired right back with kills by outside hitter Roxanne Olynyk (4th year, Canora, SK) and second year Chelsea Ziolkowski (right side, Weyburn, SK). Both teams traded kills up to 9-9, and then the Cougar offense kicked things up a notch. The Heat women fought hard, but the Cougars kept their lead and took the 2nd set 25-22.
In the third set Katy Klomps contributed well to the Heat effort, coming up with a big block, following it up on the next point with a solid kill. After a kill by outside hitter Myrte Schön (3rd year, Langley, BC) to make the score 10-8, the Cougars took a timeout to regroup. The Cougars took control of the set, winning it 25-17 and ultimately taking the match.
“Regina played very well again tonight,” commented Heat head coach Steve Manuel. “They kept us off balance, hit with purpose and served really tough. We saw moments of brilliance again tonight and just couldn’t quite maintain it long enough.”
Outside hitter Alex Basso (4th year, Kelowna, BC) led the Heat with a team high 9 kills, while outside hitter Jill Festival (3rd year, Calgary, AB) added 8 kills. Sophomore libero Kailin Jones (Kelowna, BC) put up 12 digs.
“We still have a few goals that we want to accomplish,” added Manuel. “We’ve come into the league and we’ve beaten nationally ranked teams that other teams have taken 5-6 years to beat. We want to continue to improve on that.”
Outside hitter Meagan Onstad (5th year, Weyburn, SK) was the top swinging Cougar with a game-high 13 kills, and Chelsea Ziolkowski put away 9 kills of her own. Roxanne Olynyk contributed 9 kills and a game-high 15 digs.
With the win the Cougars improve to 4-12 while the Heat fall to 3-13 on the season.
The Heat go on the road to play the University of Saskatchewan Huskies at the Physical Activity Complex at 6 p.m. next Friday, while the Cougars head to Edmonton to play the University of Alberta Pandas at the Go Centre at 6 p.m., all times local.
HEAT NOTES: After being blocked by the Cougars 20.5 times in Friday night’s match, the Heat were able to combat the Cougars’ solid blocking scheme and only hit into a block 4 times tonight.