Tuivai too much as Heat fall at home to Bobcats
By Cary Mellon on February 6, 2015
Rematch Saturday at 7 p.m.
Men’s Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
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KELOWNA, B.C. – The No. 4 Brandon Bobcats men’s volleyball squad rolled into Kelowna Friday night for a date with the Heat, and the visitors cleanly took a straight-set sweep (25-16, 25-17, 25-20) over the host at UBC Okanagan.
Brandon star left side Sam Tuivai led all attackers with 12 kills, but 41 errors combined on the Heat’s side of the net did not help as the Bobcats improved to 18-5, still hoping to chase Trinity Western for the second spot in the conference. The Heat meanwhile dip to 6-17 for the season.
Brandon was out of the gate quickly, but the Heat were hot on their heels for the first half of the opening set, trailing only by two shortly out of the technical break 17-15. Unfortunately that was virtually as close as they would get as the Bobcats rattled off an 8-1 run to close out the set.
The second would play out largely similarly, as a mixture of untimely errors by the Heat and dominant showings by Sam Tuivai and Roy Ching sent the frame out 25-17 in favor of the Bobcats.
Hoping to stage one final rally cry, the Heat once again breathed down their opponent’s necks out of the technical timeout trailing only a couple of points. This frame would prove the closest they could come to a set victory as they ultimately fell 25-20.
Third-year middles Alex Swiatlowski (Victoria, BC) and Jim Bell (Surrey, BC) each chipped in a team-high eight kills. Swiatlowski garnered Heat Player of the Game honours behind a .389 efficiency rating and three blocks.
Roy Ching contributed seven kills towards the Bobcats win (.385), adding three digs. Frank Jones led a concerted Brandon defense with a match-high six blocks.
The Heat found it difficult to navigate said defense at the net, as they let slip 19 attack errors. Factoring in 12 service errors and ten reception errors, the Bobcats had quite a bit of help from the other side of the net in their win.
The Heat managed 13 blocks and still got up for 27 assists, with third-year starting setter Kristof Schlagintweit tying his counterpart in David Stasica with 23 assists apiece.
Both teams will square off Saturday night at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium at 7 p.m. PST. A Senior’s Night ceremony will be held just prior to the match. The Heat are not graduating any players from the men’s roster this year.
Watch the action online and stream live stats at canadawest.tv.