The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: No. 4 ranked Bobcats comes to town to face Heat

PREVIEW: No. 4 ranked Bobcats comes to town to face Heat

What you need to know


  • It will be another tough task for the Heat as they host the No. 4 ranked Brandon Bobcats on Friday and Saturday night in Kelowna.
  • Coming off back-to-back matches against Mount Royal in which they showed signs of knocking off the No. 3 team in the country, the Heat are still looking for that elusive first win of the season
  • Brandon is 6-2 a month into their campaign and four of these six wins have been three set sweeps.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, NOV 23rd 

Volleyball (M) / Canada West Conference Match
8 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-8) vs the No. 4 Brandon Bobcats (6-2) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

SATURDAY, Nov 24th 

Volleyball (M) / Canada West Conference Match
7 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the No. 4 Brandon Bobcat | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium


Tough schedule:

  • As we near the Christmas break, the first half schedule has been particularly hard for the Heat as they will have faced three of the top four teams in the U SPORTS rankings.
  • Having already faced the top two teams in the country (MRU and TWU), things don't get much easier with the No. 4 ranked Bobcats this weekend in the Furnace.
  • The Heat fell in both games last weekend to Mount Royal, they were unable to close out sets on their home floor against the Cougars.

Players to watch:

  • Rookie Cam Vanderveen got the first start of his young Heat career last weekend against Mount Royal and made an instant impression by racking up 11 kills and eight digs along with three blocks.
  • Kelowna product Devon Cote would find his form on Saturday night as he finished with 11 kills of his own along with seven digs in his first start of the conference season.
  • Brennan Goski would have back-to-back games with 10+ kills against Mount Royal and currently sits second in total kills on the team (66).

Head to head with the Bobcats: (2-12)

  • Last year in Brandon the 'Cats captured both wins in three sets in the middle of January.
  • In October 2016 and November 2015 the two teams would split the weekend series, the only two Heat wins in the history of this matchup.

Scouting Brandon

Hot start to the season:

  • The No. 4 ranked Bobcats have gotten off to a great start this season, recording six wins in their first eight games, four of the six have been three-set sweeps.
  • Last weekend it was back-to-back wins on home court against the Calgary Dinos as they did not drop a single set in the weekend tilt.
  • Mount Royal was the only team to beat the 'Cats, as they captured two wins over the Brandon in Calgary two weekends ago.

Impact player:

  • Outside hitter Elliott Viles had a near-perfect weekend last time out in the sweep against the Dinos. Viles hit an amazing 76.3 percent over both matches, registering 16 and 13 kills respectively. What was truly remarkable was that he registered those points without recording a single error all weekend. Thanks to these two performances he was named the Canada West Men's Second Star of the Week.