Cougars defend home turf to earn the weekend sweep
By Cary Mellon on January 30, 2015
Return home next weekend for end of season.
Men’s Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
|UBC Okanagan (6-16)||19||14||18||0|
|Mount Royal (11-11)||25||25||25||3|
CALGARY, A.B. – The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team were swept out of Calgary Friday night as they fell to their host Mount Royal in the second of back-to-back, this time in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-18).
Jim Bell put down a team-high 13 kills (.391) for the Heat. Lars Bornemman followed behind with eight kills. The duo each recorded three block assists.
Grigor Kartev and Tyler Schmidt led the Cougars with 10 and 9 kills respectively for the Cougars. Fifth-year Jordan Or finished his senior league with 13 digs.
Knowing their playoff hopes laid in the balance, Mount Royal had to come out guns blazing tonight. In the first set, the Cougars and Heat went back and forth staying tied at 10-10. The Cougars took a quick lead after some long rallies. Mount Royal never wavered and won the set 25-19.
The second set would proceed in similar fashion until Mount Royal would open up some space in the middle and ultimately hold the Heat to a mustering of only 14 points.
UBC Okanagan attempted to rally in the third to force an extension of the match, but an early lead padded the way for the Cougars to coast to a 25-18 set, match, and weekend clincher.
With the win the MRU improves to 11-11, while UBC-O drops to 6-15.
The Cougars will travel to Alberta next weekend to play the Golden Bears and try and make a final weekend push for the post season. Meanwhile, the Heat will return home to host their final matches of the 2014-15 season versus the Brandon Bobcats.
Watch the action online and stream live stats at canadawest.tv.
~ With notes from Justin McCaffrey (Mount Royal Sports Information)