Heat open conference play with three straight wins

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November 2, 2012, KELOWNA, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team seized the win against the Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night in a strong four set showing, 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-06, 25-19). With the win UBC Okanagan has started the season with three straight wins in just their second year in Canada West.

The Heat were off to a strong start, taking the Huskies in the first set 25-13. The game started with both teams matching point for point; with Saskatchewan up 6-8 the Heat went on a five point run and then proceeded to tear away from the Huskies.

“We had a good game plan going in,” commented head coach Steve Manuel, whose players were able to execute the game plan for most of the night.

In the second set both teams were on their game as they rallied back and forth, with many plays seeming to have at least one or two dives and spectacular saves. It came down to a nail biter as the Huskies avoided five set points and stole the set 26-24, this after trailing the Heat 24-19 at one point.

“We had some lulls in the game,” mentioned fourth year outside hitter Myrte Schön (Langley, BC). “But we worked through those as a team.”

The third set was evidence of UBC Okanagan overcoming the lulls, as the Heat were dominant. The Huskies could not pull together their defense to stop the Heat’s constant attacks at the net. The Heat seized the third set 25-06.

In the final set the Heat rode their momentum to finish the set with the win (25-19) and take the game in four sets.

“The rookies we have are amazing and they fit into the team perfectly,” pointed out Schön. “We are a very deep team this year [with lots of talent].”

Rookie Emily Oxland played the entire game for the Heat as setter, dishing out 38 assists in the four set win. Although technically not a rookie, Katie Wuttunee played a solid if not spectacular game as middle. She tallied four block assists and had five kills for the Heat. Wuttunee is new to the Heat but played last year at Capilano University and is in her second year of eligibility.

Fourth year middle Kendra Wayling (Castlegar, BC) had an impressive 10 kills and 16 digs against the Huskies. Schön also had a great game with 13 kills and 11 digs.

The Heat will look to continue their winning streak against the 0-3 Huskies on Saturday night at 5 p.m. in the gym on UBC’s Okanagan campus. The Heat’s men’s volleyball team will be taking on the Huskies Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday night at 6 p.m.

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