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WINNIPEG, MB – The UBC Okanagan Heat played their second-to-last match of this season on Friday evening, in the first of two against the University of Manitoba Bisons. The Bisons took the match 3-0, extending their playoff hopes.

The highlight of the match for the Heat was Lars Bornemann‘s taking over the all-time kills record , previously held by Nate Speijer with 1260. He tied the record partway through the third set, and passed it with a swing for the Heat’s 15th point of the set, shortly before the end of the match. He sits at 1261 with one match left in his career at UBCO.

First Set: (25-18)

Both teams had 11 kills in the opening set, but the Bisons hit .290 with two errors while holding the Heat to .029 with 10 errors. The Bisons took over with a five-point run to pull ahead 8-4, and never let up. Keeping the Heat from stringing points together until it was too late, Manitoba took the opener on back-to-back kills.

Second Set: (25-18)

After a tight early stage of the second, the Bisons broke an 11-11 tie and rolled together six consecutive points and took over. The Heat were once again unable to string points together late, and Manitoba held on to their lead and took it to 2-0.

The Heat had eight kills in the second, on .040 hitting with seven errors, while Manitoba had 13 kills and hit .259 with six errors.

Third Set: (25-15)

The Bisons got their biggest set win of the night in the third, with a ten-point victory behind a 13-kill frame. They hit their best percentage of the night, .476, while holding the Heat to .037 with 10 kills and nine errors.

The set turned out of the Heat’s favour when the Bisons extended their lead to five at 10-5. From then on UBCO had just one run of more than two points, when they put four straight together to come within seven at 19-12. The Heat’s Lars Bornemann broke the program’s all-time record for kills with his 10th of the evening before the final points were scored and Manitoba closed out the win.

Key Performers:

UBC Okanagan:

Lars Bornemann‘s record-breaking night saw him leading the Heat attack, with 10 kills in the match. Behind him were Caleb Funk and Tristan Simmonds with five apiece. Setting on the night were Morgan Nichols and Lucas Robertson, with 13 and 12 assists respectively.

– Kelowna product Eli Risso had a team-high seven digs on the night.


– Adam DeJonckheere had a match-high 14 kills on .481 hitting, while Scott Vercaigne was the other Bison in double digits, with 11. Jack Mandryk was the setter on Friday, with a match-high 30 assists.

– Vercaigne also led the team in digs, with seven, while Brendan Warren had a match-high six total blocks.

By the Numbers:

– The Bisons finished the night ahead in kills (37-29), hitting percentage (.329 – .035), assists (36-28), digs (26-25), and total blocks (13-3).

Next Up:

The UBC Okanagan Heat (5-18) and the University of Manitoba Bisons (10-13) will play in their final match of the regular season tomorrow evening, with first serve scheduled for 5PM CST.

~ Grayson B. Leahy, Heat Sports Information