What you need to know
- Last weekend the Heat finally started their conference schedule. On their home court, the Heat were unable to notch a win against the Alberta Golden Bears.
- This weekend, UBCO will be staying at home to continue their home stand against the Manitoba Bisons.
- On Friday night, first-serve is at 8 p.m. The rematch on Saturday will get underway at 6 p.m.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, NOV 1st
SATURDAY, NOV 2nd
First action of the season:
- Playing against a national top-5 team in the Alberta Golden Bears, the Heat fell on both nights in their season-opening home stand.
- On Friday it was a straight-set loss for UBCO.
- Their rematch on Saturday went to four sets, for the first time against Alberta since February of 2017.
- On Saturday second-year, Cam Vanderveen had one of the best matches of his career with 19 kills.
Players to watch:
- 2018-19 kills leader, Max Heppell is once again at the helm for the Heat with 4.14 kills per set. That mark currently is the best in Canada West.
- Second-year, Cam Vanderveen, has doubled his hitting percentage from last year, scoring on 31.7-percent of his swings. Vanderveen is second on the team in kills at 3.86 kills per set, which is fourth in Canada West.
Head-to-head with Manitoba: (0-14, 0-2 in postseason)
- On the road, the Heat dropped both games to the Bisons last season, both in four sets. Now third-year Bisons middle, Brendan Warren, tied the Canada West record for blocks in a game with 16, in the Friday night match.
Scouting the Bisons
Season opening weekend:
- After a (7-15) record last season the Bisons split their opening weekend against Mount Royal.
- On Saturday, the University of Manitoba dropped a tough five-set match to the Cougars. But they bounced back for a four-set win in the Sunday rematch.
Players to watch:
- Through two matches, right-side senior Kevin Negus leads the Bisons with 29 kills.
- Third-year libero Kyle Martens leads Canada West with 2.89 digs per set.
- Zach Janzen is fifth in Canada West with 1.22 blocks per set.