BY DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen again struggled to find a way to win late-set points and dropped a straight-sets decision to one of the Canada West's juggernauts.
The UBC-Okanagan Heat used a five-point run to break a 20-20 first-set tie and took the momentum from there, taking a 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-18) women's volleyball victory over Winnipeg Friday night in Kelowna, B.C.
The Heat got out early in the second set and built a six-point lead, and took control in the third set with a seven-point run that gave them a 10-3 lead. Trailing 18-10, the Wesmen were able to win three straight points to cut into UBCO's lead, but four straight from the Heat upped their advantage to 23-13.
Middle blocker Jessica Friesen had an effective seven kills on 10 swings with no errors to lead the Wesmen (1-18), who hit .136 on the night. Friesen added a stuff block, a block assist and five digs. Emma Parker also had seven kills to go along with seven digs. Maria Colvin, playing in the other middle spot, had six kills on 14 swings, and Ashleigh Laube chipped in six more kills on the left side.
Middle blocker Aidan Lea led the Heat (15-4) with a match-high 10 kills on 15 swings, and Ann Richards added nine kills.
The Heat remain two points back of Calgary for top spot in the Canada West.