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Kelowna, B.C. – After a close first set, the Heat women’s volleyball team would pull away from the Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday night, eventually winning in three sets. With the win, the Heat move into second position in the Canada West and clinched a playoff spot with the win.

The Heat would trail 20-19 in the first set but a huge Sara McCreary block would change the complexion of the match as the Heat showed their capabilities in the following two sets. The #1 ranked team in the country would hit an efficient .290 for the match compared to just .136 for the visitors.

First Set: (25-20)

The Heat came out firing with a strong start, quickly putting five points on the board, but were stopped short by an unexpected comeback from the Wesmen. The Wesmen presented the Heat with strong play, as they led throughout the first set until Sara McCreary shut them down with a huge block at 20-19. The Heat would not look back as they scored the following six points to win the first set. As a team the Heat hit .269 in the first set while the Wesmen hit .146.

Second Set: (25-17)

The second set began the same way as the first, with the Heat clenching an early lead. For the majority of the set, the Wesmen trailed by just over four, not seeming able to catch up to the Heat’s quick start. A big point was scored by Erin Drew of the Heat with a float serve to force a time out at 13-7. This would be as close as the visitors would get as the home team took a commanding two set lead.

Third Set: (25-18)

The Wesmen came into the last quarter with a vengeance, but it wasn’t meant to be. After a small lead, the Heat regained control of the ball and pulled ahead. The Heat led for the rest of the game, and Aidan Lea finished the match with a kill. The Wesmen made a last second come-back attempt on the game point, but couldn’t make it all the way. 

Special Saturday night

– Three members of the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s team will be celebrate in front of their home fans following their match on Saturday night as Erin Drew, Siobhan Fitzpatrick, and Michelle Jakszuk wind up their career with UBCO.

Key Performers:

UBC Okanagan:

– Third year middle blocker Aidan Lea led the Heat with 11 points, 10 of which being kills and a hitting percentage of .667. Lea came into the game second in the conference in hitting percentage (.367)

– Outside hitter Ann Richards also played well, with 11.5 points, 9 kills, and a hitting percentage of .500.


– Jessica Friesen led the way for the Wesmen with 8.5 points, with seven being kills

– Emma parker, Ashleigh Laube, and Maria Colvin, all had 7 points each for the visitors

By the Numbers:

– The Heat would finish with more total kills (41-34), assists (41-32), service aces (7-3) and total blocks (12-2)

-The Wesmen played the more aggressive game with the most attacks (110-93).

Next Up:

– The UBC Okanagan women (15-4) and the Winnipeg Wesmen (1-18) will face off again Saturday night in the UBCO gym, with coverage starting at 5:00 PST.

 ~ Cole Tweed, Heat Sports Information