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PREVIEW: Heat open home slate against defending Canada West Champions

PREVIEW: Heat open home slate against defending Canada West Champions

What you need to know

  • The Heat will be in for a tough task this weekend when they host the defending Canada West Champion and Trinity Western Spartans in their home-opener.
  • These two teams met up just a few weeks ago in Langley, with the Heat capturing a four set win a rare victory against the No. 5 team in the latest U SPORTS Rankings.
  • It was a tough opening weekend for the Heat as they dropped both matches to MacEwan on the road in three sets.



Volleyball (M) / Canada West Home Opener
8 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-2) vs the No. 5 Trinity Western Spartans (0-0) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium


Volleyball (M) / Canada West Conference Game
7 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the No. 5 Trinity Western Spartans  | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

Road trip recap:

  • The opening weekend of Canada West play did not go as planned for the Heat as they dropped both matches to the MacEwan Griffins on the road in straight sets.
  • While they were unable to find their groove, the men were able to push the Griffins in every set, but were just unable to close things out.
  • In five of the six sets played UBCO would be with two points at the 20 point mark, they were just unable to finish the deal.

Player to watch:

  • Sophomore Max Heppell looks poised for a breakout season for the Heat as the Langley product set a new career-high in the opening match last weekend with 18 kills on a .333 hitting percentage. Heppell would follow up his career-best performance with 11 kills the following night to lead the way for UBCO once again.

Head to head with the Spartans: (0-12)

  • While the Heat picked up a victory over the Spartans in the preseason just a few weeks ago, they are yet to capture a win in Canada West play since they joined the conference back in 2011.
  • Last season Trinity would win at home decisively in four sets the opening match and followed that up with a three set sweep of the Heat in Langley.

Scouting Trinity Western

Preseason results and last years performance:

  • The defending Canada West gold medalists return what will be a national title contending team this season as they have all but one starter (setter Adam Schriemer) returning.
  • It was a busy preseason schedule for the Spartans as they played eight matches prior to this weekend, including against the Heat in the annual Blue Team Cup. The Heat would capture the four set win against Trinity which marked the first time UBCO defeated the Spartans in preseason since 2015.
  • This weekend is the opening conference action of the season for the Spartans as they had a bye during the opening weekend. Instead of having the weekend off they would schedule the York Lions in Langely and came away with two convincing three set wins.

Impact Player:

  • Junior outside hitter Eric Loeppky is coming off one of the best seasons in the Canada West, as he led the conference in points per set (5.0) and hitting percentage (.362), was second in aces (0.61) and fourth in kills per set (4.05).
  • The Steinbach, Manitoba product was named a U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian last year and also proved himself on the international stage, as he represented Canada with the senior men's team at the prestigious Jerzy Wagner Tournament in Poland this summer.
2019 Graduation
June 7, 2019 2019 Graduation