By Kyle Henry, Mount Royal Sports Information
November 11, 2012, CALGARY, AB (ISN) – The Mount Royal University Cougars men’s volleyball team got back in the win column, securing a 3-1 win over the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat on Friday night in Calgary, winning in four (25-20, 17-25, 25-22 and 25-16).
“Yeah it was a tough one,” observed Heat outside hitter Greg Niemantsverdriet (4th year, Vernon, BC). “There’s a lot of things to look at for tomorrow’s match that we can improve. We had a lot of good blocks throughout, but unfortunately the ball didn’t roll our way tonight. Our passing as a team was good, we just need to continue to work on executing.”
Outside hitters Colton deMan (13) and Jordan Parkin (12) combined for 25 kills for Mount Royal, while Riley McFarland (5th year, Surrey, BC) led the Heat offense with 12 of his own.
Up 22-19 in the first set, setter Marcus Ernewein took control and fed the ball to Parkin, who hammered home the set’s final two points as the Cougars jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, winning the stanza 25-20.
The Heat bounced back in the second, extending plays with a number of key digs. They settled into the flow of the game, playing smart and ultimately won the second 25-17.
Grabbing an early 7-2 lead in the third, it looked like Mount Royal would easily walk away with a 2-1 lead but the Heat battled back. Forcing a tie at 15-15, back-to-back kills by Lucas Stepanko gave the Cougars the edge as they rode the momentum and eventually won the set 25-22 as deMan slammed down a back row kill.
Staying hot, the fourth set was never in question as Mount Royal proved to be too much both offensively and defensively for the Heat, storming away with a 25-16 win and winning the match 3-1.
Niemantsverdriet finished second in team kills for the Heat with 10, while setter Jeremy Fostvelt (2nd year, Surrey, BC) led the team in digs with 14. Mount Royal’s Colton Smethurst dug up 15 balls for the Cougs while Lucas Stepanko added 12 in the winning effort.
The win puts the Cougars back above the .500 mark as the team improves to 3-2 on the year, while the Heat are still searching for their first win of the season, falling to 0-5.