Heat toast Brandon in 3 sets at home

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February 9, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – Kendra Wayling (Fourth-year, Castlegar, BC) served up an ace—one among many for her team to cement a match sweep for the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team.

“I really liked the way our team prepared this week, and was I thought we came out with strong energy and focus,” said Heat head coach Steve Manuel following the match.

Myrte Schön (fourth-yea, Langley, BC) led an overpowered Heat offense to the tune of 13 kills on a .379 hit percentage to claim Heat Player of the Game honours. Rookie setter Emily Oxland (North Vancouver, BC) led the match in assists with 27, and organized an ensemble offense for the Heat that kept the Bobcats back row guessing all night long. The Heat had 7.0 team blocks, leading the Bobcats by 2.0 despite starting middle Katy Klomps (second-year, Surrey, BC) sitting this one out due to injury.

The Cats’ Victoria Dakin (third-year left-side hitter) recorded a team-high 10 kills in her team’s effort. Kellie Baker, a fourth-year setter who sat seventh in Canada West in assists coming into tonight, coordinated her team’s offense for 26 assists, but was largely unable to get her team quality looks as her team struggled to receive and control the ball.

“They [Brandon] went after us hard tonight,” added Manuel. “When we took mental breaks Brandon took advantage, but

I was really happy at the end of second and third sets with how we fought back when it was on the line.”

Service reception and service errors were major problems for the Bobcats Friday night. Brandon committed 11 reception errors and 14 service errors as a Heat offense continually prevented them from gaining any rhythm. However, the Bobcats eventually found success with the tip at the net as the Heat’s tip defense was very poor and gave the Cats several points down the stretch.

When asked about his team’s play this season, not only in this game but games passed, Manuel took a moment to carefully craft his appraisal of a Heat team on the verge of hosting their first playoff series in a short two-year Canada West history: “With the fear of blowing our own horn…we are good and we have good players. When they play hard, they are good and they should fear no one. No one.”

Manuel further elaborated: “I think some of our players are new to this and they don’t quite believe how good they are, and they hold back and play with a little bit of timidness. We need to start letting go and play as hard as we can from start to finish.”

With the win, the Heat improve to 14-7 and are deadlocked with 14 wins in their race with the Mount Royal Cougars—likely first-round foes in the playoffs—to see who will host the 4th and 5th seed match-up next week. Brandon falls to 8-13 and needs a Calgary loss to mathematically stay in the playoff picture. Both teams square off again tomorrow night at 5 p.m. at UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.

The game can be also viewed on www.canadawest.tv

Heat Notes: As previously mentioned the Heat and Mount Royal are currently deadlocked at 14-7 with one game remaining. If both teams win tomorrow, the tiebreaker will be decided by the ratio of total sets won/total sets lost. Currently, the Cougars hold the advantage over the Heat with a ratio of 1.39 to the Heat’s 1.37. However, if the Heat are able to defeat the Bobcats, then a Cougars loss will result in the Heat hosting their first ever playoff series on Thursday, February 14th at 6 p.m.

The game can be viewed on www.canadawest.tv