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PREVIEW: Heat set to face No. 1 ranked Spartans in Langley

PREVIEW: Heat set to face No. 1 ranked Spartans in Langley

What you need to know


  • The Heat men will face a tough task this weekend when they travel to Langley to face the No. 1 team in the country in the Trinity Western Spartans.
  • UBCO was able to nab a set off the Winnipeg Wesmen but their playoff hopes are starting to dwindle as we near the end of the regular season.
  • The Spartans are once again the class of the Canada West and have dropped just five sets all season, including two of those coming last weekend against Mount Royal.

GAME TIMES (PST) 

FRIDAY, JAN 17th 

Volleyball (M) | Canada West conference match
8 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-12) at the Trinity Western Spartans (13-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ Langley Events Center, Langley, BC

SATURDAY, JAN 18th  

Volleyball (M) | Canada West conference match
7 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat at the Trinity Western Spartans | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ Langley Events Center, Langley, BC 


Road trip begins

  • After falling in both matches last weekend to Winnipeg the Heat begin a four-game road trip against the Spartans and TRU WolfPack.
  • UBCO was able to snag a set of the Wesmen last weekend on their home floor but dropped the third and fourth frames to one of the hottest teams in the conference.
  • With 10 games remaining on their Canada West schedule, UBCO is still searching for that first win but have a fairly week schedule after this weekend.

Senior presence

  • On a team filled with young players, senior Denham O'Reilly continues to show off his versatility and leadership with this Heat squad.
  • O'Reilly leads the conference in digs per set (2.33) and set a new career-high for kills in a match last weekend after he racked up 18 against the Wesmen along with five blocks. 
  • The setter turned libero turned outside hitter will be one of just two graduating players on this year's Heat squad, along with Johnson Yi, and is looking for a strong close to his Heat career.

Head to head with Trinity Western: (0-14)

  • Last season in Kelowna both matches were close throughout, with the Spartans picking up two victories in five and four sets respectively. 
  • The Heat have topped TWU in preseason action at the Blue Team Cup before but never in Canada West play.

Scouting the Spartans 

Canada West's Top Dog:

  • Once again the Spartans sit atop the Canada West standings at 13-1 and are the No. 1 team in the latest U SPORTS rankings.
  • Trinity Western had captured 11 straight three-set victories prior to last weekend where it took them five sets to take down the Mount Royal Cougars
  • The Christmas break for the Spartans included victories over the defending NCAA Champions in Long Beach State along with UCLA.

Pick your poison:

  • In a lineup that features three Canada West All-Stars from last season, it is National Team member Eric Loeppky who will be a key for the Heat to shutdown. 
  • Loeppky leads the conference in hitting percentage (.436) and is coming off 19 kills last weekend against Mount Royal.
  • The Spartans also feature the conference leads in blocks per set (Pearson Eshenko) and assists per set (Derek Epp).