This weekend, the Bison volleyball teams headed out to Kelowna to play a pair of games against the UBC Okanagan Heat. The men won both of their games, while the women lost both of theirs, only winning one set.
The Bisons won three closely contested sets on Friday, with the biggest set victory coming in the first where they only won by four points. Adam DeJonckheere had 11 kills on the night, and now averages 3.24 kills per set this season. DeJonckheere is second in the Canada West in total kills with 68. He is also fourth in the conference with a .340 hitting percentage.
Kevin Falconer had 11 kills for the Bisons, which was the second-most out of anyone on the court. The herd only made 14 errors, while the Heat made 20 on the evening.
On Saturday, the Bisons won 3-1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-20, 25-22) and dropped their only set of the weekend. DeJonckheere smacked home 20 kills, which was the best out of anyone on the court. Falconer again led the Bisons with 11 digs, and now has a team-high 36 on the season.
The Bisons had 25 errors, which was a steep rise from Friday night, and UBC actually outscored the Bisons 64-58. Despite the scrappy performance, the Bisons got their fifth win of the season.
The sixth-ranked Bisons are now 5-1 on the year and sit in third in the Canada West.
This young women’s team struggled against UBC, who are number one in the Canada West. On Friday the Bisons were in every single set, but lost 3-1.
Kearley Abbott had 17 kills for the herd, as well as a team-best four blocks. The Bisons as a whole had a great hitting percentage, going .236 on the night. Caleigh Dobie came in clutch many times for the Bisons on defense, providing 16 digs.
Saturday was more difficult for the herd, as their hitting percentage dropped to .118 and they only managed 30 total kills. They dropped all three sets in this contest, and were never really in the game. Laura Findlay had a team-best eight kills. Abbott had five on the night, bringing her total to 69 on the year, which is tied for third best in the Canada West. Teammate Tori Studler is one behind her in fifth with 68 kills.
The Bisons drop to 2-4 after this weekend and sit in a three-way tie for sixth in the Canada West.
The Bison volleyball teams return home to the Investors Group Athletic Centre to play the University of Alberta on Nov. 18-19.