Heat men defeat #10 Dinos in five-set marathon

The UBC Okanagan men's side bested the U Sports #10 University of Calgary in the first of two weekend matches at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium in Kelowna this weekend.Play again on Sat at 7 p.m.

The UBC Okanagan Heat men went a full five sets with the nationally-number-10-ranked University of Calgary Dinos and pulled out a win, their third in a row, on Friday night.

The home win has UBC Okanagan closing in on .500 at (4-5) and the Dinos after the long and intense match in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium are now (2-7) on the year.

The Heat and the Dinos traded sets throughout the match, with the Heat winning the first, third, and fifth sets. The first and fourth sets were the most closely contested of the match, with the Heat taking the first well into extra points, 32-30, and the Dinos taking the fourth 25-23 after Heat comeback late in that set.

The deciding set started with UBCO coming out strong and jumping out to a 3-0 lead thanks to back-to-back kills and a Dinos attack error. The home team wouldn’t give up that lead, and they went on the take the final set 15-9 with the final point of the match coming on Lars Bornemann’s 24th kill on the night, and his fifth in the 15-point fifth frame.

With his 24 kills, .327 attack percentage (24 kills and 7 errors on 52 attempts), 10 digs, and four assists, Bornemann was named the Heat’s player of the match. Behind Bornemann for the Heat were Kyle Hinchey and Alex Swiatlowski, who finished with 13 and 10 kills respectively.

Curtis Stockton led the way for the Dinos in the match, finishing with 18 kills, the lone Calgary attacker to finish in double digits in that category.

The match started with an intense and closely-contested first set that went well into extra points. The teams traded points from 24-24 onwards, with kills and errors on either side, before Lars Bornemann put the set away for the Heat, making it 32-30 with his fifth kill.

The Heat were statistically better in the opening frame, hitting .200 while holding the Dinos to .067. The home side also out-hit the visitors from Calgary, finishing the set ahead 14-13 in kills while making only four errors to Calgary’s 10.

The second set saw the momentum swing well over to the other side, as the Dinos took it 25-16, tying the match up at one set apiece. The difference in the frame was consistency at the net, as Calgary made only one attack error and hit .387 while the Heat made seven errors and hit .105. The Dinos also put together two five-point runs, increasing their lead from 6-3 to 11-3 and from 15-11 to 20-11, putting the set well out of reach before the final point was scored on a Heat service error.

The third saw UBCO take control once again, taking the first point, on a Lars Bornemann kill, and never giving up the lead. As close as it got was two points, with the Dinos down 5-7, before the Heat took over completely. Bornemann led all hitters in the set with six kills for the Heat.

The fourth set was much closer than the second or third, with each team earning a significant lead at one point. The Heat and the Dinos traded leads early, with UBCO going up 3-1, then Calgary pulling ahead 4-3. The Heat went up again at 11-8, before a long stretch of momentum for the Dinos that ended with the visitors up 21-16. The Home side then scored six straight to pull ahead at 22-21, before back-to-back kills from Alex Bader were followed up by another from Curtis Stockton for Calgary to seal the set, 25-23.

The five set match was an exhausting two hours and 40 minutes long and now these two teams will do it all again at UBC Okanagan in less then 24 hours. First serve Saturday night is set for 7 p.m.