October 26, 2013, KAMLOOPS, BC (ISN) – Another trademark Nate Speijer (5th year, Penticton, BC) performance was spoiled Saturday night, as Brad Gunter (3rd year, Courtenay, BC) and Philip Ozari (2nd year, Denmark) would counter Speijer’s 27 kills with 33 combined kills of their own to push the ‘Pack past the Heat in a 3-1 (25-16, 27-25, 23-25, 25-22) victory from Tournament Capitol Centre.
After a shaky first set by the Heat, UBC Okanagan would find themselves in a deep hole down 16-12 in the middle portion of the second set. However, they would battle back, and take control 24-23 behind 5 Speijer kills and multiple errors by TRU. A service error by Joshua Harvey (2nd year, Cochrane, AB) would knot the set up at 24-24, but the Heat would remain composed, and Jim Bell (2nd year, Surrey, BC) gave UBC Okanagan the lead 25-24 off a kill from his middle position. Two attack errors by Lars Bornemann (1st year, Victoria, BC), however, would allow TRU to steal the set in heartbreaking fashion, 27-25.
Not to be outdone, the Heat refused to lie down to the ‘Pack in the third set, and after a tie at 6-6, the Heat would not relinquish control the rest of the way and a third set win 25-23. Building upon their third-set win, the Heat came out flying in the fourth, jumping out to an early 15-12 lead off of 7 Speijer kills. Kills by Casey Knight (4th year, Salt Spring Island, BC) and Brad Gunter, and an attack error by the Heat quickly swung the set in a different direction, and both teams would battle back-and-forth to 18-18. From 18-18, TRU would take control, and eventually would win the set 25-22, and ultimately the match, 3-1.
With the win, Thompson Rivers improves to 2-0 in the first weekend of play in this new Canada West season, while the Heat begin the campaign 0-2.
The Heat will return home for the next weekend of play, hosting the Mount Royal Cougars for a weekend series beginning Saturday, November 2nd and concluding Sunday, November 3rd. Both games are scheduled for 3 p.m.