The University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat have drawn first blood in their Canada West men's volleyball home and home series with the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.
Playing on the Warner Rentals court on Thursday (Feb 16), the Heat downed the WolfPack 3-1. The scores were 29-27,25-22,25-27,25-21.
The WolfPack fall to 2-19 on the year while the Heat improve to 6-15. UBCO was led by Alex Swiatlowski (5th year, outside hitter, Victoria, BC) who had 16 kills in 47 chances.
TRU's main offense came off the arm of Daniel Eikland Rod (5th year, outside hitter, Oz, Norway). Rod, playing in his final home match had 15 kills in 43 opportunities.
Daniel Eikeland Rod: 15 kills in 43 chances, 2 service aces, 11 digs, 3 block assists
Randy Grundmann: 12 kills in 33 opportunities, 8 digs
Doug Groenendijk: 8 kills in 15 chances, 1 service ace, 3 digs, 2 block assists
Jakob Hamilton: 44 assists, 10 digs, 1 block assist, 2 kills in 3 swings
Cole Keddie: 16 digs, 4 assists.
Alex Swiatlowski: 16 kills in 47 chances, 12 digs, 2 block assists
Joshua Harvey: 10 kills in 16 swings, 2 service aces, 5 block assists
Ethan Freund, 42 assists, 6 digs
Eli Risso: 13 digs, 4 assists
UBCO: 6-15 TRU: 2-19
TRU interim head coach Mike Hawkins (1st year):
" It was a tough one. I think throughout the game we didn't execute our job. Our job..individually and collectively. There were times in the match where we controlled because we were doing what we were supposed to do. Defensively, offensively and any time they put any pressure on us we got away from what made us successful. This will be tough one to sit on for a couple of days before we head down there on Saturday.
Heat interim head coach Brad Hudson (1st year):
" All the sets were really close. They got to 16 before us every time. It was two teams who really wanted to win and compete. They clearly love each other and play for each other. It was a good match.:
The WolfPack and Heat will close out the home and home series Saturday night (Feb 18) at the "Furnace" in Kelowna.
TRU finishes the regular season the following weekend (Feb 24-25) in Saskatoon, SK against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
The Heat will entertain the MacEwan University Griffins in Kelowna.
OF NOTE: The "TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Match" was Cole Keddie (3rd year, libero, Edmonton, AB). He had 16 digs and 4 assists.