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Sam Taylor Parks and Daniel Eikeland Rod.
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February 19, 2017 - 9:39 AM

KELOWNA - The University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat have done something they have never achieved before.  That is a sweep of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack in Canada West men’s volleyball.

The Heat took both ends of their ‘home and home’ series by blanking the ‘Pack 3-0 Saturday night (Feb 18) at the “Furnace” in Kelowna.


The WolfPack suffered their sixth straight defeat. The scores were 25-23,25-21,29-27.   UBCO moved to 7-15 on the year while TRU falls to 2-20 to sit in second last place in the Canada West.

Daniel Eikeland Rod (5th year, outside, Oz, Norway) had 11 kills for TRU while Randy Grundmann (4th year, outside, Winnipeg, MB) added 10 kills.
Lars Bornemann had 17 kills for UBCO who got 11 from Devon Cote.


Daniel Eikeland Rod:  11 kills in 34 attempts, 1 service ace, 5 digs, 1 block assist
Randy Grundmann: 10 kills in 24 chances, 1 assist, 6 digs
Sam Taylor Parks: 5 kills in 15 opportunities, 3 digs, 3 block assists
Jakob Hamilton: 15 assists 2 digs
Cole Keddie: 11 digs

LarsBornemann: 17 kills in 44 opportunities, 1 service ace, 6 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Devon Cote: 11 kills in 26 chances, 9 digs, 1 service ace
Jon Russo: 30 assists, 8 digs
Eli Risso: 11 digs, 4 assists
UBCO:  7-15             TRU: 2-20

TRU interim head coach Mike Hawkins (1st year):

On match:
“"There were a lot of good elements to our game tonight despite the 0-3 result. Our issue was the untimely errors or the lapses in judgement at the wrong times, and the Heat capitalized. Do their credit, UBCO played impressively defensively throughout the match and earned the victory"

"Anton (Napolitano, 1st year, outside, Victoria, Australia) came in to set in the 3rd set and did a great job. We've been training him more seriously as a setter the past few weeks and he's developed quickly in practice and displayed that in the match. It's not an easy for position for him to come into, but he was composed and the other guys were excellent in supporting him."


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.

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