SASKATOON (from Saskatchewan Huskies) – The No. 2-ranked UBC Okanagan Heat won three straight sets en route to the 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-12, 25-19) victory against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday night on Ron and Jane Graham Centre Court at the PAC.
It was the final regular season home game for the Huskies as they said farewell to fifth-year athletes Marguerite Ferguson, Mackenzie Pek and Jenelle Sokoloski.
The Heat improve to 14-4 with the weekend sweep. The Huskies fall to 9-11. A night earlier, the Heat won 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-12).
Fourth-year Siobahn Fitzpatrick led the Heat with a match-high 17 kills, 10 digs and two service aces. Fifth-year Michelle Jakszuk finished with 14 kills, 14 digs and a block. Two others finished with 12 kills apiece.
For the Huskies, third-year Carissa Noble had a team-high eight kills with a block, dig and a service ace. Taylor Annala recorded seven kills, nine digs and three blocks.
Down 23-19 in the first set, the Huskies needed a big rally to earn their first set victory of the weekend against UBC Okanagan. A Heat service error returned the ball to Saskatchewan and they wouldn’t look back going on a 6-0 run to take the set 25-23. Annala supplied two kills during the run, including the final point for Saskatchewan.
A 12-1 run in the middle of the second set turned an 8-7 Huskie lead into a 19-8 Heat lead. The Huskies battled back to finish the set on a 14-5 run, falling just short of the comeback as the Heat escaped the second with a 25-23 win.
Up 22-13 late in the third, the Heat looked to avoid the comeback scare experienced in the previous set. Fourth-year Sabrina Balisky’s kill gave herself the service, where she would narrow the Heat lead to 22-17, but that’s as close as they would come. Fitzpatrick’s kill put a halt to the Huskie run before fourth-year Ann Richards had the final kill. The Heat took the third set 25-17.
Fitzpatrick and Jakszuk secured the Heat win in the fourth set. Jakszuk had four kills and two service aces, while Fitzpatrick’s nine kills included a run of five straight that propelled the Heat over the Huskies in the fourth, 25-19.
The Huskies are the on road for the remainder of the season, travelling to Edmonton to meet the Alberta Pandas next weekend. The Heat will go on to play a home-and-home series with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.