January 26, 2013Vancouver, BC – Rarely do we talk about the game of volleyball in terms of individuals, but Friday night in Vancouver, BC, the Heat may have just realized how important one of their individual players are. On the first point of the first set, middle Katy Klomps (2nd year, Surrey, BC) suffered a left-ankle injury and would not return for the rest of the game.
Neither would the Heat energy, as they were bullied by the ‘Birds in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) victory for UBC.
“It didn’t take long to know that it was going to be one of those tough nights,” commented head coach Steve Manuel following the game.
Trying to close on a block with Myrte Schön (4th year, Langley, BC), Klomps came down awkwardly on her left ankle, and the severity was immediately recognizable. In obvious pain, Klomps was assisted off the court by her teammates, unable to put any pressure on her ankle.
Without Klomps, who is arguably one of the top two middles in the nation, the Heat back-court was left exposed. Although Katie Wuttunee (2nd year, North Vancouver, BC) and the rest of the front court played valiantly, the Heat were unable to solve the T-Bird attack. UBC would finish with a .262 kill percentage, but more importantly, the Heat were only able to manage 33 digs and 4 blocks.
“It’s never easy playing against the top offense in the country, especially after losing the leading blocker in Canada West,” added Manuel.
On the bright side, Brianna Beamish (2nd year, Surrey, BC) continued her strong play as of late. The outside-hitter came off the bench in relief this evening to collect 6 kills on 14 attempts for a solid .286 kill percentage. Myrte Schön added 6 kills as well in the effort.