Heat unable to conquer the Spartans in two home preseason matches

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October 7, 2013, KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball continued their busy preseason schedule with two home matches against one of the best teams in the nation, the Trinity Western Spartans.

The Langley school and the Heat hooked up twice over this past Saturday-Sunday (Oct 5-6) in the Heat’s home gym on UBC’s Okanagan campus, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The visitors won both matches, Saturday in four sets and Sunday in three.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

SET SCORES          1   2   3   4

Trinity Western (3) 16 25 25 25

UBC Okanagan (1) 25 18 17 17

The Heat looked very polished in a 25-16 first set win versus Trinity Western Saturday evening from UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, playing with a high energy that seemed to carry them throughout the set. However, as the game waned on, the Heat could not sustain the energy that carried them throughout the first set, and they would eventually fall in four sets 3-1 (16-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-17).

“We came out with energy in that first set and it played to our benefit,” said fifth-year senior outside hitter Nate Speijer (Penticton, BC). “But with the type of energy we had, it’s difficult to maintain that level over the course of a four or five set match.”

A young Heat team showed their age in more ways than one in this match. A spry Heat team made the Spartans look old in the first set, as UBC Okanagan jumped out to a 14-7 lead from the first whistle. Kills by Speijer, Swiatlowski, and Harvey throughout the set kept the pressure on the Spartan defense, and the Heat as a team played error-free volleyball for almost the entirety of the set. The Heat looked like a completely different team from their first game versus Trinity two weeks ago. A four set loss 3-1 (25-22, 25-10, 14-25, 32-30).

But a slower beginning to the second set put the Heat in trouble, and although they battled, they were unable to overcome the hole they had dug for themselves in the early portions of the set, and would eventually drop the set 25-18.

The rest of the game was much the same, with youthful inexperience playing the catalyst in the early portions of both the third and fourth set. In the early portions of the third and fourth set, Heat miscues allowed Trinity to jump out to early leads. Not unlike the second set, the Heat were unable to regain the energy that proved vital in the first set, and they struggled to put together sustained rally’s to claw their way back in each of the final two sets.

Despite what happened in sets 2-4, it was a very encouraging showing from the Heat, and the progress is certainly showing.

“Every practice is better, every game is better,” acknowledged Speijer. “We’re better than the first time we played Trinity. We just have to keep working.”

Notable performances were that of Joshua Harvey (2nd year, Cochrane, AB) and Lars Bornemann (1st year, Victoria, BC). Harvey would come up with four huge blocks throughout the game, while adding 3 kills and 2 service aces. Bornemann would come on in the third set and showed off a rocket of a right arm in limited action. He looks extremely ahead of the curve, and the thought of him only getting better should be a scary thought for opposing defenses in the future.

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Saturday, October 6, 2013

SET SCORES          1   2   3

Trinity Western (3) 25 25 25

UBC Okanagan (0) 19 23 20

The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team wrapped up their weekend exhibition with the visiting Trinity Western Spartans Sunday afternoon, dropping three straight sets to their veteran opponents (25-19, 25-23, 25-20).

The young Heat squad looked to regain their initial momentum from the night before when they won the opening set, but would be left at the door in a tightly contested match that saw the second and third sets narrowly slip away from them.

Fifth-year outside hitter Nate Speijer (Penticton, BC) led the Heat with 9 kills in 37 attempts, while second-year middle Joshua Harvey (Cochrane, AB) put up 8 in an efficient 16 attempts (.375). The pair also recorded a service ace each.

Sophomore setter Kristof Schlagintweit (Abbotsford, BC) assisted 18 points for the Heat in the starting position. Backup setter Davis Proch (5th year, Kelowna, BC) assisted 9 points.

The Spartans received an outstanding performance from sophomore outside hitter Ryan Sclater. The second year player stung the Heat for 12 kills in just 18 attempts, good enough for a .611 kill percentage, he also added four blocks and one service ace.

The Heat head to Kamloops next weekend to continue their preseason action where they will play in the Thompson Rivers Tournament at the Tournament Capital Centre. They will play UBC and Guelph on Friday, and then the WolfPack on Saturday before the medal round.

The Heat will open the regular season at home on October 25 versus the valley rival WolfPack.

 

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