Heat comeback stifled by Cougars

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November 3, 2013, KELOWNA, BC (ISN) – The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team mounted a huge comeback but couldn’t quite close the match out as the Mount Royal Cougars held on to win Saturday’s matchup 3-2 (25-15, 25-9, 21-25, 23-25, 15-10).

The UBC Okanagan men got off to a relatively slow start, struggling to score consecutive points in the first two sets. Heat Player of the Game Colten Litwin (2nd year, Grande Prairie, AB) came into the game in the third set in libero position and ignited a marked improvement in Heat defense, which in turn allowed them to generate more offense. The Heat would take the match to five sets before coming up just short against a stalwart Cougars offense.

Heat outside hitter Nate Speijer (5th year, Penticton, BC) amassed 25 kills and 11 digs, and second year Alex Swiatlowski (Outside Hitter, Victoria, BC) tallied 8 kills and 11 digs. Player of the Game Colten Litwin was instrumental to the Heat defensive effort, getting 10 digs up.

Outside hitter Jordan Parkin (3rd year, Calgary, AB) hit 18 kills and logged a .385 attack percentage for the Cougars in their winning effort while fifth year Colton deMan (Outside hitter, Calgary, AB) had 15 kills of his own. Libero Jordan Or (4th year, Burnaby, BC) put up 12 digs.

After Saturday’s match Mount Royal moves up to 2-1, while the Heat are still looking for their first win at 0-3. Both teams will rematch on Sunday (Nov 3) at 3 p.m. at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium. The match will be broadcast live on canadawest.tv.

BOX SCOREhttp://goheat.ca/Vball13-14/mv110213.htm 

SCHEDULE and RESULTShttp://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/athletics/mensvolleyball/results.html