Heat men’s volleyball at McDonalds Invitational
By Cary Mellon on January 5, 2015
Men’s Volleyball (Exhibition)
KAMLOOPS, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team at the McDonalds International Tournament hosted by the Thompson Rivers WolfPack finished a win after two losses this past weekend.
Fri Jan. 2 | UBC Okanagan vs. Thompson Rivers | L 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-17) | BOX
Sat Jan. 3 | UBC Okanagan vs. Trinity Western | L 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-19, 25-18) | BOX
Sun Jan. 4 | UBC Okanagan vs. Budo Int. (Japan) | W 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-20) | BOX
The Heat dropped their first two games, Friday to the host WolfPack in straight sets, then on Saturday in four sets to the Trinity Western Spartans. The team notched their first win of 2015 when they swept away Budon International, a visiting university team from Japan.
In the opening match of the tournament on Friday the Heat were downed by the host team (25-15, 25-22, 25-17) at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday night (Jan 2).
“Our level of execution wasn’t good enough against a team like TRU,” lamented Heat bench boss Greg Poitras to Larry Read of WolfPack media. “We had only three kills among our middles tonight. We had opportunities to take the lead in the second and third sets but we didn’t take advantage of it.”
UBC Okanagan’s top offensive player was outside hitter Lars Bornemann (Victoria, BC) who had nine kills in 15 swings with a service ace, three digs, a solo block and a block assist. Alex Swiatlowski (Victoria, BC) added five kills in 19 chances. He had three digs.
Kristof Schlagintweit (Abbotsford, BC) had 22 assists for UBC Okanagan while TRU’s setter Graham Stoliker (Surrey, BC) had 27 assists.
The WolfPack were led by CIS player of the Year Brad Gunter (Courtenay, BC) who had 12 kills in 21 chances with a service ace, five digs and one block assist.
Both coaches agree that having a tournament before the start of the second half of the season is a good thing. “The second half is critical for both our teams,” Poitras explained. “We need to get into shape in a hurry. It was a no brainer to come here and play three teams with different styles.”
On Saturday, in their second match of the McDonalds Invitational, the UBC Okanagan Heat fell to the 10-4 Trinity Western Spartans in four sets (25-23, 18-25, 25-19, 25-18) at the TCC in Kamloops.
Lars Bornemann once again led the offense with 20 kills in 40 swings and 11 digs versus the Spartans. Jim Bell had nine kills and 12 digs, while Kristof Schlagintweit ran the offence with 38 assists. UBC Okanagan hit .191 as a team while allowing the Spartans to connect on 26.5-percent of their swings.
Nick Del Bianco led his Trinity team with 17 kills at a .556 attack rate.
On Sunday UBC Okanagan wrapped up third place in the round robin with a win and two losses after they downed Budo International of Japan 3-0 in their last match. The scores were 27-25, 25-19, 25-20.
Alex Swiatlowski had 11 kills in 26 opportunities with three digs to lead the Heat and first year middle Adam Kern contributed 10 kills in 13 chances with an assist, two digs, a solo block and three block assists.
Nick Schmidt (Calgary, AB), setting the third game of the tournament for the Heat, had 37 assists while Jim Bell, Jeremy Fostvelt (Surrey, BC) and Tanner March (Kelowna, BC) all had a team high seven digs.
The Heat had eight team blocks compared to 1.5 for Budo.
Kotaro Ono led the way for Budo with 11 kills in 30 chances while Hiromasa Sato had 10 kills in 21 swings. Konosuke Tachikawa had 31 assists and a service ace along with eight digs.
UBC Okanagan left Kamloops after their final round robin match due to weather conditions. Budo faced a squad of Trinity Western reserves in the bronze medal match. Trinity won that in four (25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-14).
This weekend the 4-12 Heat will be in action at home against the 6-10 Calgary Dinos as the Canada West regular season gets underway with the winter portion of their schedule.
Friday night the match will get underway at 8 p.m. at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, following the women’s match that starts at 6 p.m. Saturday the rematches are an hour earlier at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the women and men respectively.
Full Results from McDonalds Invitational:
Friday, Jan. 2
Thompson Rivers def. UBC Okanagan 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-17)
Saturday, Jan. 3
Trinity Western def. Budo International 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-11, 25-20)
Trinity Western def. UBC Okanagan 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-19, 25-18)
Thompson River def. Budo International 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-20)
Sunday, Jan. 4
Trinity Western def. Thompson Rivers 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12)
UBC Okanagan def. Budo Int. (Japan) 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-20)
TWU Reserves def. Budo Int. (Japan) (25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-14)
[Gold] Thompson Rivers def. Trinity Western 3-0 (28-26, 25-23, 25-17)
~ with notes from Larry Read (TRU Sports Information)