Heat lose in five set heartbreaker

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November 12, 2012, CALGARY, AB (ISN) – It was a heart-breaking five set loss for the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team as they lost in the fifth and deciding set (21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 27-25, 15-11) and took a split with the Mount Royal University Cougars.

“We worked through a lot of issues,” commented outside hitter Jill Festival (4th year, Calgary, AB). “We had chances to finish the game, but weren’t able to pull it out in the end.”

Fifth year outside hitter Alex Basso (Kelowna, BC) and middle Katy Klomps (2nd year, Surrey, BC) tied for the team lead for the Heat, each connecting on 13 kills for the evening.

“We had some great moments tonight and showed a lot of character,” added head coach Steve Manuel. “In the end we just didn’t have quite enough to pull it out.”

UBC Okanagan showed their character in the fourth set. After taking the first two sets and then dropping the third set they found themselves trailing Mount Royal 22-17 in the fourth. After a Cougar service error, and a block by Klomps and setter Emily Oxland (1st year, N. Vancouver, BC), the Heat trailed the home team by just three. Both teams committed a service error, and then a kill by Klomps forced MRU to call a timeout as the Heat were within two, and were a four point run away from ending the Cougs’ night. The Heat stormed all the way back and took the lead 25-24, only to see Mount Royal score three straight and send the game to a fifth set.

Cougars rookie Carolyn O’dwyer smacked an impressive 25 kills, while teammates Olivia Grecu and Julia Pasieka added 14 kills and 13 kills respectively to the Cougar offense.

The loss gives UBC Okanagan a weekend split, moving their record down to 4-2 while the Cougars keep pace with a 4-2 record of their own after tonight’s win.

“We come home from an extremely tough road trip with a 4-2 record and look forward to the next few weekends of play,” finished Manuel.

The Heat return home to face off against the Manitoba Bisons, while the Cougar women prepare for a two game series versus the visiting Brandon Bobcats. Both series take place at their respective home courts Nov. 16-17. Friday night UBC Okanagan will play at 6 p.m. and on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the gym on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

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