November 17, 2013, SASKATOON, SK (ISN) – For the second time in two games, the Heat were able to earn a straight set victory over the host Huskies, earning the 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-21) Saturday evening to sweep the series with Saskatchewan.
The Heat would jump out to a quick 6-2 lead in the first set over the lethargic Huskies, but the Huskies would claw back to tie the set up at 17-17 after a 5-1 for Saskatchewan. However, the Heat would respond with a five point run of their own, capped off by a Megan Festival (2nd year, Calgary, AB) service ace, and the Heat would stroll to the set victory 25-20.
The second set saw the Heat surrender a quick 5-1 lead, but they would battle back to tie the set at 5-5. From 5-5 to 14-14, the Huskies and Heat would exchange points, but six errors (four by Saskatchewan; 2 by the Heat) in the following eight points would swing the set in favour of the Heat 19-16. Errors continued to plague the Huskies in the remainder of the set, and two Brianna Beamish (3rd year, Surrey, BC) kills would allow the Heat to win the set 25-20.
The following set would see the Heat jump out to an early 10-3 lead, but it would evaporate quickly, as Saskatchewan was able to win eight of the next points to cut the lead to 12-11. Once again, both teams would exchange points down the stretch, but three serving errors and two attacking errors committed by the Huskies would give the Heat the lead in the deciding set 24-21. Brianna Beamish would end the set with an emphatic kill to conclude the set and match in favour of the Heat.
Beamish would lead the attack with 11 kills, while Katy Klomps (3rd year, Surrey, BC), Kaitlynn Given (2nd year, Kelowna, BC) and Katie Wuttunee (3rd year, North Vancouver, BC) would provide the defense with a combined 10 block assists. The Heat would have 14 blocks on the evening, and oddly enough, were out-blocked by the Huskies who were able to deny 16 Heat attempts at the net – a stat usually in favour of UBC Okanagan.
“We did a great job controlling the ball tonight,” commented Beamish following the game. “That allowed our setters to run a strong offense.”
For the Huskies, Kayla Tycholiz (3rd year, Prince Albert, SK) led all attackers with eight kills, while providing the majority of the defense as well with six block assists and two solo blocks. Candace Hueser (5th year, Dalmeny, SK) and Anne Hanbridge (3rd year, Clavet, SK) would each add five kills in the losing effort.
As a team, the Huskies were only able to muster a kill percentage of .066. Meanwhile, the Heat were only able to connect on 14.6% of their kill attempts.
“The next step for us is to become more consistent,” added Beamish. “But we are still a young team, and that will come with time.”
With the win, the Heat improve to 6-2, while the Huskies record now stands at 2-6.
The Heat will return home for next weekend’s series, hosting the Winnipeg Wesmen at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium. The Huskies, meanwhile, will make their way to the Kamloops to face the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
“We are excited to return home for the next series,” finished Beamish. “We’ve missed our gym and awesome fans, and we are excited to get home and play for them!”
First serve for the women will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov 22 and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 23.