What you need to know
- Following an extended break, the Heat men's volleyball team face a tough test this weekend when they travel to face the No. 6 ranked Alberta Golden Bears.
- UBCO has yet to capture a win this season in conference play and has won just nine sets in that time frame.
- Alberta comes in with a 13-5 record and is tied for third in the conference standings with four games remaining in their regular season.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, FEB 8th
SATURDAY, FEB 9th
First action in three weeks:
- Friday night's match against the Bears will be the first game for UBCO since Jan. 19th against UBC, as they had a bye week after the Thunderbirds matchup, followed by an open weekend following the withdrawal of the Regina men's program.
- This road trip to Edmonton will be the last for UBC Okanagan, next weekend the Heat will close out their conference season at home against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.
Young players making an impact:
- One of the bright spots this season has been the play of the young outside hitters for the Heat, including second-year left side Max Heppell, and rookies Noah Campbell and Cam Vanderveen.
- Heppell has a team-high 170 kills this year while Campbell and Vanderveen have over 100 kills combined so far in conference play.
Head-to-head with Alberta: (0-14)
- The Heat have yet to capture a victory over the Golden Bears in their Canada West history and fell in straight sets in both matchups last season in Kelowna.
Scouting the Golden Bears
Nationally ranked once again:
- Alberta continues to be one of the powerhouse programs in the conference, as they currently sit tied for third in the standings at 13-5 and are No. 6 in the latest U SPORTS rankings.
- The Golden Bears have won an astonishing 14 conference titles in their program history, the most in all of Canada West, while also having eight National Championships.
- Offensively, Alberta is as potent as ever as they sit second in kills per set (12.30) and third in hitting percentage (.256).
Dynamic duo on the outside:
- A First Team All-Star last season, Taryq Sani has had another terrific season for the Bears as he sits third in total kills (258) and fifth in kills per set (3.63). The high-flyer from Ajax, Ontario is coming off back-to-back 22 kill efforts against Saskatchewan two weeks ago which were season-high performances.
- Left side Alex McMullin has provided plenty of help for Sani on the outside, as the senior sits second on the team with 216 kills on an efficient .274 hitting percentage so far this season.