KELOWNA, British Columbia – Just one night after the No. 1 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team rallied to earn a comeback five-set win over UBC Okanagan, the Heat turned the tables Saturday as it was UBCO coming back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 (20-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-13).
With Friday’s momentum still in their corner, the Spartans raced out to a 2-0 lead and looked primed for a weekend sweep of the No. 5 Heat. However, UBCO responded in the third set, winning 25-14, and kept on rolling the rest of the way.
After the Heat won the third and fourth sets in relatively short order, the fifth set was battle, but UBCO gained an edge on the back of a pair of service aces from Emily Oxland and then, a few points later, ended the set and the match with a 15-13 win.
Despite the Spartans holding a 17-12 edge in blocks, the Heat were the more efficient team at the net, hitting .133 to TWU’s .079.
The Spartans are now 3-1 on the season while UBCO improves to 2-2.
“In Canada West, no win is ever secure,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “It doesn’t matter what gym you’re in. Yesterday, they had complete control of the match and we were able to come back and pull it out. And tonight, we had complete control of the match and they did the same thing to us. The efficiency that we had tonight just wasn’t enough to make it happen. We have to go back and just get better. We need to find ways to score. Again we had a superior blocking night but blocking isn’t going to get us all the way. We have to get better at defence and find ways to score and I think our team is committed to doing that.”
With a team-high 13 kills and four blocks to her name, Spartans third-year Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa, Ont.) was once again a thorn in the Heat’s side. Second-year middle Katelyn Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) recorded match-high 11 blocks. Kristen Moncks (Standard, Alta.) had a team-high 16 digs.
The Heat’s Katie Wuttunee was the most efficient player on the court, amassing a total of 10 kills and five blocks with a .400 kill percentage. Third-year outside hitter Megan Festival led the attack for the Heat as she had a game-high 14 kills to go alongside nine digs. Libero Kailin Jones had 20 digs on the night.
A stronger defensive showing later in the match was critical to the Heat comeback, and fourth-year middle Katy Klomps formed an impressive tandem wall with Wuttunee. Klomps had a game-high seven total blocks.
In the fifth set, the Spartans trailed 13-8, but didn’t quit. With Rachel Flink (Surrey, B.C.) coming in to serve, TWU got within one point at 13-12 and then again at 14-13. But a kill by UBCO’s Festival ended the set and the match.
The Spartans are back on the road next weekend as they will travel to Alberta for games against the Pandas on Friday and Saturday.
Game Notes: UBCO had a 10-8 edge in aces.