What you need to know
- The Heat will start a six-game road trip that spans over the next five weekends this week as they travel east to face the Manitoba Bisons. Catch the action live on CanadaWest.TV.
- Following two straight losses to the Calgary Dinos, UBCO is still searching for that first win of the Canada West campaign.
- Manitoba comes in with a 4-8 record and have won just one of their last seven matches.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, JAN 11th
SATURDAY, JAN 12th
Lineup changes nearly payoff:
- Looking for a spark, and with multiple nagging injuries, head coach Brad Hudson was forced to make multiple lineup changes last weekend.
- Most notably was moving libero Eli Risso to setter, while Denham O'Reilly slid from setter to the outside, and Devon Cote moved to libero for the first time in his volleyball career on Friday night, and then freshman Ryder Kehler, playing at libero.
- While the Heat were unable to capture a win in two tries against Calgary last weekend, the team showed signs of life, pushing the Dinos in nearly every set.
- While the Heat have plenty of depth at the outside hitter positions, it will be the play of their middles that could help turn the season around.
- Hunter Scott and Johnson Yi have seen the majority of the playing time but rookie Teo Ardanaz is finally fit following an injury and will look to slot into the Heat lineup.
Head to head with Manitoba: (0-14 in Canada West regular season play, 0-2 in post season)
- This matchup has been all Bisons throughout, as the Heat are yet to pick up a victory against them.
- Lars Bornemann would set the school record for kills in this fixture last season even though both games were Manitoba sweeps.
Scouting the Bisons
Fallen on tough times:
- After a three-game winning streak early in the Canada West season, the Bisons have won just one of their last seven conference games dating back to the beginning of November.
- Four of these seven losses have been in three sets, although they pushed the No. 4 ranked Alberta Golden Bears to five sets on Nov. 23rd.
- Maintoba is one of the better blocking teams in the conference, sitting fourth in both total blocks (116) and blocks per set (2.52) in the Canada West.
Bisons player to watch:
- Seniors' Kevin Negus and Dustin Spiring are the two main options of the Bison attack, as both have over 100 kills this season.
- At the net it is Brendan Warren who is the dominant force, as the sophomore leads the entire Canada West in total blocks (65) and blocks per set (1.41).