November 17, 2012, KELOWNA, BC (ISN) – The UBC Okanagan Heat forced the University of Manitoba Bisons to work hard for a first set victory, but it was all Bisons after that as they took down the Heat in straight sets, 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-15).
“A few moments of brilliance for sure, but not enough consistency to beat a good team,” commented Heat head coach Greg Poitras. The Heat had some long sustained rallies in the first set against the Bisons but were unable to convert those attempts into points.
“It’s going to take quite a bit of execution and a lot of heart to compete with a team like that,” continued Poitras. “We looked scared and our team just didn’t have the courage to be really tough.”
Left side hitter Evan Jackson (3rd year, Winnipeg, MB) led Manitoba with 13 kills, while fifth year Dane Pischke (Winnipeg, MB) added 10 kills to the Bison total. Libero Derek Nieroda (5th year, Headingley, MB) put up 17 digs for his squad.
Pischke and first year middle, Kevin Rooney, were remarkably efficient on the night with their attacks as both players converted better than 50% of their chances, .556 for Pishke and .583 for Rooney.
UBC Okanagan outside hitter Greg Niemantsverdriet (4th year, Vernon, BC) and second year Jon Russo (Outside Hitter, Lake Country, BC) were coleaders for the Heat offense Friday night, each of them notching 7 kills apiece. Libero Jeremy Fostvelt (Surrey, BC) made 9 digs on the night.
With the win the Bisons move up to 5-1, while the Heat drop to 0-7. The two teams face off once more on Saturday night. Play starts at 7 p.m. in the Furnace at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna.