Two wins over Montreal in exhibition action for Heat women’s volleyball
By Cary Mellon on January 4, 2015
Over the New Year’s break the No. 2 ranked Heat dropped the No. 3 ranked Montreal Carabins 3-0 and 3-1.
Women’s Volleyball (CIS exhibition play)
MONTREAL, QC – Training in Montreal for the better part of six days the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team bookended their trip with two games, one on the day after they arrived and one on the day they departed, defeating the No. 3 ranked Montreal Carabins in both contests, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.
Tue Dec. 30 vs. Montreal | W 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 28-26).
Sat Jan. 3 vs. Montreal | W 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20).
The trip provided some much needed exposure to schools outside of Canada West for a team with aspirations of going to a first-ever national championship. Montreal, the third ranked team in the CIS and a perennial powerhouse of the RSEQ, was the vessel for that all-important training ground.
“It was a great way to get the team together, refocus after a break, and prepare ourselves for a very tough second half, said head coach Steve Manuel. “Montreal were great hosts, I can’t say enough about their hospitality. Montreal has a great team, very physical and they play tough volleyball.”
“I believe our team has grown even closer with the trip, and we definitely benefited from the exposure to play outside of Canada West. This experience will stay with us, everything from the competition and collaboration between our two programs to the cultural benefits of exploring another part of our great country,” finished Manuel.
Several of the Heat players stood out over the course of the two matches. Brianna Beamish and Megan Festival led the team in kills, Kaitlynn Given and Michelle Jakszuk combined for a .500 hitting efficiency. Katy Klomps was good for one stuff block per set as well as a .438 hitting efficiency. Kailin Jones was dynamite on defence and a rock on serve reception.
The No. 2 ranked Heat are back in action this weekend at home versus the No. 6 Calgary Dinos who currently 10-6 and in fourth place, trailing the first place Heat by just two games.
Friday (Jan. 9) first serve at UBC Okanagan is at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m. On Saturday the action on the court gets underway an hour earlier with the women starting at 5 p.m. and the Men at 7 p.m.