Banner is raised for Alberta and then the Heat fall in 3 sets

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Alex Swiatlowski has 20 kills in the team’s first six sets during conference play in 2014.

A second straight set loss in Edmonton 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20) to the defending national champs has the Heat 0-2 to begin the 2014-15 season.  

Men’s Volleyball (Canada West conference play)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014         BOX SCORE | SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Saville Sports Centre, Edmonton, AB

SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS
UBC Okanagan (0) 21 20 20 0-2
Alberta (3) 25 25 25 2-0

EDMONTON, AB – The UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball team watched the Alberta Golden Bears raise their seventh CIS national championship banner to the walls of the Saville Community Sports Centre prior to their match on Saturday night and then fell in straight sets to the emotional Bears 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20), for the second night in a row.

Head coach Greg Poitras planned following Friday’s match to come out on Saturday and be a better team from the service line, and his squad succeeded as the Heat finished with four aces to Alberta’s three. On Friday night the Bears recorded eight aces on the Heat, but struggled in the rematch, finishing with 13 service errors.

The Heat was fueled by 11 kills from Alex Swiatlowski, while Jim Bell chipped in with nine, the pair of juniors led on Friday for the Heat as well with nine and 10 kills respectively and have started the season off strong for UBC Okanagan.

Jim Bell finished with nine kills.

The Bears were strong across all stats, finishing with a team .345 attack rating, 45 kills and eight blocks, while UBC Okanagan earned a .123 attack rating, 27 kills and five blocks.

Fourth-year left-side Ryley Barnes banked 13 kills for Alberta, the match high, while Ryan Nickifor earned nine. Barnes, the championship tournament MVP last season, also finished a .522 attack percentage, one of three Bears to do so as middle Taylor Arnett earned a .600 percentage on 10 attacks, while setter Brett Walsh picked up a .750 attack rating on four attacks.

Kevin Proudfoot, who earned 11 kills on Friday, picked up four more kills in the opening set on Saturday, helping Alberta to a 25-21 victory. Proudfoot would go on to finish with seven kills in total.

Alberta then won sets two and three by identical scores of 25-20 to win the match 3-0, and earn the weekend sweep of the Heat.

With that, the Bears have begun defence of their Canada West and CIS titles by starting the 2014-15 season with a 2-0 record. They return to action next weekend, October 17-18, when they travel to Saskatoon to take the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Dropping two games on the road to the defending national champions and preseason No. 1 Alberta Golden Bears is not a forbearer for UBC Okanagan, however their tough schedule to start the season continues, as they resume conference play next weekend when they host the perennially strong Trinity Western Spartans.

The Spartans opened their season at home and toppled the Thompson Rivers WolfPack twice in four sets on Friday and Saturday in three sets. The 0-2 Heat will host the 2-0 Spartans for their home opener this Friday-Saturday (Oct 17-18), Friday night at UBC Okanagan the action begins at 8 p.m., and on Saturday an hour earlier with first serve at 7 p.m.

~ with notes from Alberta Sports Information.

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