The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: No. 2 Bobcats on deck for Heat men

PREVIEW: No. 2 Bobcats on deck for Heat men

What you need to know


  • After a week off, the Heat will close out their fall schedule this weekend when they face the No. 2 ranked Brandon Bobcats.
  • UBCO is coming off a bye week last weekend and is still searching for that elusive first victory.
  • Brandon comes in with a 9-1 record and currently sits in the second spot in the latest U SPORTS rankings.

GAME TIMES (PT) 

FRIDAY, NOV 29th 

Volleyball (M) | Canada West conference road match
5:45 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-8) at the No. 2 Brandon Bobcats (9-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Healthy Living Centre, Brandon, MB.

SATURDAY, NOV 30th  

Volleyball (M) | Canada West conference road match
4:45 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat at the No. 2 Brandon Bobcats | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Healthy Living Centre, Brandon, MB. 


Last time out:

  • UBCO would fall in a dramatic five-setter over a week ago to the Saskatchewan Huskies on their home floor, as they battled in their first five-setter of the conference season.
  • The Heat had a bye this past weekend before this weekends matchup with the highly-ranked Bobcats.
  • Still searching for that first win, the young Heat squad looks to be coming together for a second-half that presents a much easier schedule.

Impact players so far:

  • Mr. Versatility, Denham O'Reilly has done a little bit of everything for the Heat so far, as the former setter and libero has moved to the outside.
  • O'Reilly sits third in the conference with 69 digs so far and has also racked up 21 kills, 13 assists, and eight total blocks.
  • Middle Caleb Funk, who missed last season with an injury, has been a force to be reckoned with at the net and leads the team in blocks with 22.

Head to head with the 'Cats: (2-14)

  • The two wins in this matchup for the Heat came back in the fall of 2015 and 2016.
  • Last season the Bobcats took both matches in Kelowna in straight sets.

Scouting Brandon

National title contender:

  • Coming off a U SPORTS silver medal last season, the Bobcats have continued their strong play so far this season with a 9-1 record and currently sit second in the latest U SPORTS rankings.
  • The lone loss this season so far for the 'Cats is a five-set thriller against Winnipeg in early November.
  • Since this loss, however, Brandon has not dropped a single set in the four matches since.

Players to keep an eye on:

  • Brandon boasts both the reigning Canada West Player of the Year in Elliott Viles, along with reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year, Robin Baghdady.
  • Both outside hitters already have over 100 kills this season, as they sit fifth and six respectively in total kills in conference play.
  • Setter Reece Dixon is also a player to watch out for, he is one of just two in the conference averaging over 10 assists per set.