okanagan heat

December 3, 2012, KELOWNA, BC – Neither the home UBC Okanagan Heat nor the visiting trinity Western Spartans could get into rhythm in their Sunday afternoon women’s volleyball matchup, but the No. 1 ranked Trinity Western Spartans were able to exact revenge for their Saturday loss, upending the home team in four sets 3-1 (25-18, 12-25, 25-13, 25-23).

“We were right in there,” commented Heat head coach Steve Manuel. “They played very well today; we didn’t play nearly as tenacious as we did the day before and we can’t afford to do that.”

Both squads took had trouble putting points consistently on the board for the first three sets. It wasn’t until the final set that both teams found their stride but it was too little too late for the home town Heat as the veteran Spartan team pushed away the Heat.

“A great fight against the number one team in the country,” continued Manuel. “As far as I’m concerned we lost the match today but we won the weekend.”

Fifth year outside hitter Alex Basso (Kelowna, BC) lead the Heat with nine kills, while fourth year outside hitter Jillian Festival (Calgary, AB) added five kills to the Heat tally. Libero Lenai Schmidt (4th year, Vernon, BC) and freshman Megan Festival (Outside hitter, Calgary, AB) put up 8 digs apiece.

For the Spartans, third year outside hitter Amber Brown (Three Hills, AB) had a strong game with 11 kills, four serve aces and 10 digs. Third year libero Kristen Monck (Standard, AB) had a game high 13 digs.

The Heat drop to 7-5 and the Spartans move to 10-2 in league play. The Heat have a few weeks off for final exams, and then for the remainder of the holidays they will be traveling to San Diego for exhibition play.

Coach Manuel shared some of his thoughts on the upcoming exhibition matches in California. “We’re going to continue to work hard and fine tune. We’ve got lots of things that we need to work on and lots of work that we need to do but the pieces are there. We need to go and work hard over the break and be ready to play second semester. We’re in great shape going into the break at 7-5; we’re really excited about the second semester.”

When league play resumes next semester after Christmas break, the Heat will play the University of Regina Cougars on January 12 at 11 a.m. PST in Regina. The Spartans will be playing Brandon in Langley on January 12 at 6 p.m. PST.

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