The Heat women’s volleyball team has dropped in the national university rankings after spending the month of October steadily rising. UBCO now sits in a tie with trinity Western for 7th, following back-to-back losses to sister campus UBC Van last weekend. The Heat went into the season ranked 6th, and rose one spot each week to finish October in 3rd. Now those gains have been erased, plunging the team--at least temporarily--below their preseason rank.
Thunderbirds unexpectedly douse Heat
First the Heat were spooked on Halloween, losing in four sets to the Thunderbirds. The loss to the then-lower-ranked UBC evened the two campuses’ regular-season records and all-but-guaranteed the Heat would drop down at least one spot from 3rd in the nation. The bigger hit came on the next evening, when the Heat were unable to split the weekend series as they were with former-#1 teams Trinity Western and U of A.
On Saturday the game went five sets, with Katy Klomps out for the Heat and Erin Drew starting in her place. Three of the first four were close, and while the T-Birds took the lopsided third set the Heat came back to take the fourth 25-20. The Heat led again early in the fifth until a stunning 12 to 3 run by UBC Van ripped the game (and ultimately the Top-5 ranking) away from the visiting Heat.
The new order
UBCO is now tied in 7th with Trinity Western, a conference rival they knocked out of the national top spot two weeks ago. Both teams have 4-4 records. Alberta remains in the top spot at 6-2, but is now joined there by high-riser Laval (5-0). And just as UBCO did throughout October UBC has been promoted for beating a higher-ranked Canada West rival. The Vancouver team now sits one spot above their Okanagan counterparts after spending most of the season on the fringes and outskirts of the Top 10.
This weekend the Heat face 14th-ranked Winnipeg, but after that they get a respite , playing only unranked teams for the rest of 2014.