Posted: Jan 08, 2020
What you need to know
- After an extended break the Heat men will return this weekend when they take on the Winnipeg Wesmen.
- Having their bye week last weekend, UBCO will play the final six weekends of the regular season.
- Winnipeg is one of the hottest teams in the conference, as they are coming off four straight victories to get back to .500 on the season (6-6).
- Don't forget to bring your warm clothing to the matches this weekend for the 'Bring the Heat' clothing drive.
GAME TIMES (PST)
FRIDAY, JAN 10th
SATURDAY, JAN 11th
- After picking up two victories in the preseason, UBCO failed to capture a victory in the fall portion of their Canada West schedule.
- Their closest call came in a see-saw battle against the Saskatchewan Huskies that went the full five sets.
- A tough schedule in the first half resulted in the Heat playing three of the top-five teams in the conference, including a couple of nationally-ranked squads in Brandon and Alberta.
Players to watch:
- Cam Vanderveen and Max Heppell have combined for 181 kills in the conference games so far and have accounted for nearly 58% of the team's offense.
- Still searching for some young players to find their role, look for rookie Noah Carlson to see plenty more playing time in the second half after he showed signs of life in late November.
Head to head with Winnipeg: (3-13)
- It was nearly a miraculous comeback last season for the Heat in Winnipeg as they captured the third and fourth sets to stay alive but fell 15-7 in the fifth.
- The last time UBCO captured a victory over the Wesmen was way back in the fall of 2013 in Kelowna.
Scouting the Wesmen
Finding their stride:
- Since starting the season 2-6, the Wesmen have rallied off four straight victories to get back to .500 and back in the playoff hunt.
- They currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot following two victories last weekend against the TRU WolfPack on their home floor.
- Winnipeg is also the only team to beat the defending conference champion Brandon Bobcats so far in 2019-20, as they won in five sets in early November.
- 6'5" right side Daniel Thiessen has been nothing short of spectacular so far this season for Winnipeg as he sits second in the conference in both total kills (174) and kills per set (4.05).
- Thiessen had 21 kills in both matches last weekend and was named the Canada West Male Second Star of the Week for his efforts against TRU.
- The product of Glenlawn high school in Winnipeg had 273 kills last year but missed out on the all-star nod.