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PREVIEW: No. 3 Bobcats loom ahead for Heat this weekend

PREVIEW: No. 3 Bobcats loom ahead for Heat this weekend

What you need to know


  • This weekend against nationally ranked No. 3 Brandon, in the Bobcat Den, the Heat men will be looking to snap a four-match losing skid, after dropping the first two of the new year in a home series against the playoff-bound University of Alberta.
  • The Heat sit just a win out of a playoff spot, with two matches in hand, with a record of 5-9. Just ahead of them are Manitoba Bisons (6-10).
  • Brandon is 10-4 on the season and boast wins over Trinity Western and the University of Calgary on the season.

GAME TIMES (PST)

FRIDAY, JAN 19th, 2018
5:45 PM PST | Volleyball (M) (5-9) at the #3 Brandon Bobcats (10-4)
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SATURDAY, JAN 20th, 2018
4:45 PM PST | Volleyball (M) at the #3 Brandon Bobcats
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All matches to be played at the Healthy Living Centre, Brandon, MB.


Players to watch:

- Libero Eli Risso leads Canada West in the statistical category of digs per set, averaging 2.55. Risso also has the third-best digs total so far this season with 135

- Lars Bornemann has the third-best set's kills numbers in the conference, with an average of 3.98 kills per set. He is also fifth in total kills, with 203 to this point

- Joshua Harvey is the Heat's leading defensive man at the net, with a total of 39 blocks thus far and an average of 0.78 blocks per set

Team outlook:

- The Heat's next three opponents, including the Bobcats, are all above them in the standings and present a legitimate possibility to make significant headway in moving up the standings and into the playoff picture in the coming weeks

- The Heat's defensive play away from the net is one of their strongest assets. They're currently sitting in fifth in the conference as a team with 514 total digs

Head-to-head with the Bobcats: ( 2-10)

0-2 in 11/12; 0-2 in 12/13; 0-2 in 13/14; 0-2 in 14/15; 1-1 in 15/16; 1-1 in 16/17

- The Heat and Bobcats have split their last two weekend matchups, in October 2016 and November 2015

- The Bobcats won the first eight matches between the two teams, besting the Heat in each meeting from their joining Canada West in 2011 until November 21, 2015

Scouting Brandon:

- In the most recent national rankings released as the U SPORTS Top 10 on Tuesday, the Bobcats sit at #3 behind Trinity Western (15-1) and UBC (14-2)

- The Bobcats have played just a pair of games in the new year, having finished with a weekend split against the Dinos (10-4) in Calgary on January 12 & 13

- In the three weekend matchups against Canada West teams with winning records so far this season, Brandon have finished with weekend splits in each.

Impact players:

- Middle blocker James Weir holds the fifth-best per-set blocking numbers in the conference, averaging 1.09 a frame

- Left side Brady Nault is also in the top five in a Canada West category, averaging 2.20 digs per set.

New additions:

Carter Brodner / M / 1 / Regina, Sask. / Campbell Collegiate

Bryston Keck / M / 3 / Gravelbourg, Sask. / Lakeland College

Nigel Tolley / S / 1 / Regina, Sask. / Winston Knoll

Travis Walls / LS / 1 / Wakaw, Sask. / Wakaw School

 

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