UBC Okanagan block their way to win number three

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November 3, 2013, KELOWNA, B.C. (ISN) – Thanks in large part to a big night on offense for outside hitters Kaitlynn Given (2nd year, Kelowna, BC) and Brianna Beamish (3rd year, Surrey, BC) and an unbelievable defensive showing by middle Katy Klomps (2nd year, Surrey, BC), the No. 4 UBC Okanagan Heat bested the Mount Royal Cougars 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15) on Saturday afternoon at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

“Our team is believing more in themselves,” commented UBC Okanagan head coach Steve Manuel, who is pleased with the way his team is developing as the season begins. “Every time out I see a little bit more confidence and better things happening. In the end that’s key.”

The Heat’s Player of the Game Kaitlynn Given spearheaded the UBC Okanagan attack with 16 kills, but fellow outside hitter Brianna Beamish was close behind with 14 kills, 12 digs and a .394 attack percentage. On the defensive end libero Lenai Schmidt (5th year, Vernon, BC) put up 14 digs for the Heat, and Katy Klomps had a whopping 10 block assists and 5 solo blocks, strongly contributing to an impressive 21 team blocks for the Heat.

Manuel spoke highly of his entire squad, particularly the way in which they bounced back from losing the third set. “We’ve got some very good young players. I’ve got a lot of confidence in them, to be able to throw people out there in certain situations. [In the fourth set] I made some adjustments, threw a couple of new people there. They responded very well and it made a big difference.”

Fifth year Julia Pasieka (Middle, Calgary, AB) led the Cougars offense with 13 kills and a solid .360 attack, while left side Carolyn O’Dwyer (2nd year, Calgary, AB) added 9 kills and 17 digs to the Mount Royal effort. Libero Tayler Smith (5th year, Edmonton, AB) also contributed 15 digs for the Cougars.

With the win the UBC Okanagan Heat remain undefeated at 3-0, while the Mount Royal Cougars fall to 1-2. Both teams will play once more on Sunday (Nov 3) afternoon at 1 p.m. at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium.

Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on canadawest.tv.

BOX SCOREhttp://goheat.ca/Vball13-14/wv110213.htm 

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