December 3, 2012 KELOWNA, BC (ISN) – The Heat did what many before them could not: beat the Trinity Western Spartans. The first ranked team in the nation could not solve the Heat on Saturday night in Kelowna, falling in four sets 3-1 (25-19, 13-25, 26-24, 25-17), ending Trinity’s nine game winning streak.
“Our game plan was to be very patient with this team,” noted Heat head coach Steve Manuel. ”They’re a big, strong, physical team; we knew they were going to get lots of blocks and lots of digs. We served well, and we served strategically.”
Down 13-19 in the third set, it seemed as if the Spartans were on their way to another victory. However, a 7-1 run by the Heat put the back in the set and proved to be the turning point of the match, as the Heat would eventually go on to secure the upset victory.
“I think we came out really confident,” observed Heat middle Katie Wuttunnee (2nd year, North Vancouver, BC). “They had their points and we didn’t get rattled. We persevered and didn’t get down on ourselves.”
The Heat were led by the duo of Alexandra Basso (5th year, Kelowna, BC) and Myrte Schön (4th year, Langley, BC) who combined for a total 84 attempts on the night. Basso would finish with 13 kills, while Schön finished with 12. Basso was instrumental to the Heat defensive effort, coming up with some big digs in crucial points for the Heat.
“Basso came up with her five best digs of the season tonight; she was spectacular,” added Manuel. “Myrte had a great match tonight, and our middles were strong. The people that came off the bench gave us a spark every time. This was a total team effort tonight, top to bottom.”
Errors proved to be the downfall of the Spartans, who committed 39 errors on the night. 31 of those came from the attack. Alicia Perrin was the kill leader for the Spartans on this night, tallying 16 kills on 24 attempts from her middle position. Amy Ott would notch 9 on 29 attempts on this night.
“I am really proud of my team,” said Heat middle Emily Carroll (3rd year, Surrey, BC). “We came into this game with confidence, showed them what we’re made of and that we belong in the top 10.”
With the loss, the Spartans fall to 9-2, while the Heat move up to 7-4.