What you need to know
- Coming off a tough five set loss to the Trinity Western Spartans, the Heat men will look to bounce back against the Winnipeg Wesmen on the road this weekend.
- While the Heat are 0-4 on the early season, their schedule has not been easy including the two games against the defending Canada West Champions.
- Winnipeg has yet to play a conference game this season due to a bye followed up with what was suppose to be a matchup with Regina before the program was discontinued.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, NOV 2nd
Volleyball (M) / Canada West Conference Match
5:45 PM PT | UBC Okanagan Heat (0-0) at the No. 10 Winnipeg Wesmen (0-0) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
SATURDAY, NOV 3rd
Early season form:
- Although the Heat are winless early on in the 2018-19 season, they have showed signs of progress including pushing the defending Canada West Champions the Trinity Western Spartans to five sets last weekend at home. The Heat would hold the 2-1 advantage after three sets in the match but were unable to close things out.
- During the opening weekend of conference play UBCO would run into a buzz-saw in the MacEwan Griffins as they lost both matches in three sets on the road in Edmonton.
- The schedule should ease up a little for the Heat as they get four straight home games following this weekends road trip to Winnipeg.
Impact players so far:
- It has been a whole lot of Max Heppell for the Heat attack to start the new season as the sophomore has failed to reach double-digits in kills in just one of the first four matches in 2018. The Langley product wouldn't have a single game in his freshman season with 10-plus kills but has been the vocal point of the UBCO offence.
- Transfer setter Denham O'Reilly has done a fantastic job running the UBCO attack through four games this season, averaging nearly 30 assists a match along with 11 kills in the first four games of the campaign.
Head to head with the Wesmen: (3-11 in Canada West regular season play)
- Last season Winnipeg would capture both matches in Kelowna in three sets on both occasions.
- The last time the Heat beat the Wesmen was all the way back in the fall of the 2013, when they captured the victory in five sets at home.
- This will be the Wesmen's first Canada West matches of the season this weekend as they have had the first two weekends off.
- Coming off a season in which they lost in the CW bronze medal game, Winnipeg went 4-2 in their preseason schedule including wins against Dalhousie and the University of New Brunswick.
- All four of their preseason victories game in only three sets, and all of these matches were played on the road.
Player to watch:
- After two years as a middle, Ethan Duncan will move to left side, the position he played in high school. How Duncan's transition to the outside plays out will have a great impact on the effectiveness of Winnipeg's attack.
- Nigel Nielsen / OH / 1 / St. Andrews, MB /Selkirk
- Austin Anderson / S / 1 / Niverville, MB / Niverville Collegiate
- Hudson Wall / OH / 1 / Narol, MB / River East Collegiate