The University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat have for years, wanted to emulate the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball program. On Friday night (Feb 10),the Heat took a step in that direction.
The Heat have been pattering themselves after the WolfPacks success in the early stages of their CIS history. In their first year, UBCO is on the verge of making the post season and on this night, downed the WolfPack 3-0. The scores were 25-16,25-23,25-18. This defeat was the fifth in a row for Pat Hennelly’s crew.
“We had some momentum in the second set but passing down the stretch was a problem,” Hennelly explained afterwards. “ UBCO played well and used the momentum for their crowd.”
The stands at the UBCO gym were nearly filled: it was an experience the Heat have faced the last few years when they have come to Kamloops in the fall for exhibition matches. Usually, the Tournament Capital Centre has over a thousand people in it to watch them play.
Colin Carson (3rd year, setter, Prince George, BC) and Alex Davis (3rd year middle, White Rock, BC) got credit from Hennelly for strong matches. Carson had 21 assists and had five kills in 10 chances. Davis had seven kills in 10 chances.
Aleks Saddlemyer (5th year, outside hitter, Sidney, BC) had six kills on 20 opportunities and had six digs. Brad Gunter (1st year, outside hitter, Courtenay, BC) added six kills in 15 chances.
For UBCO: Riley McFarland had 11 kills in 20 chances with four block assists. Preston Tucker added 32 asssits with Nate Speijer having nine kills in 17 attempts.
UBCO is now 7 and 12 on the year while TRU is 3 and 16. The two teams conclude the 2011-12 Canada West season Saturday (Feb 11) night in Kelowna.