Posted: Jan 29, 2020
What you need to know
- Last weekend the (0-16) UBCO Heat came out of Kamloops unsuccessful, with a pair of losses to TRU.
- Now, the team heads home, in search of their first win of the season, for a matchup with the only other team in Canada West with 16 losses this season in the (2-16) MacEwan Griffins.
- After two losses to the Wesmen in Winnipeg, the Griffins continue their road trip as they make their way to the Okanagan.
- Although UBCO has six games left this season, and MacEwan has four, both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention.
GAME TIMES (PST)
FRIDAY, JAN 31st
SATURDAY, FEB 1st
ISO First win
- In 16 games this season, the Heat have won yet to find the win column. They will be seeking their first win since February 15th, 2019 (Their lone win in the calendar year).
- This homestand may be their best shot left at finding a victory, the MacEwan Griffins have only eight wins since 2017 and just two this year.
Players to watch
- In his fifth year out of Langley, Denham O'Reilly finds himself in second among his Canada West counterparts for digs per set.
- Hitters Cam Vanderveen and Max Heppell are currently both tied for 22nd in kills per set in the conference.
Head-to-head with MacEwan (7-3):
- Before a pair of losses to the Griffins in the season-opening weekend in 2018, the last time the two school's met, the Heat's winning percentage was better against no other team.
Scouting the Griffins
Season to date
- MacEwan comes to Kelowna looking to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Canada West team with the second-longest losing streak.
- The team ranks seventh in both digs per set and solo blocks.
Players to watch
- 2015-16 Canada West All-Rookie and former National Junior team member, Max Vriend, has positioned himself as one of the most dangerous players in the conference.
- Standing at 6'8 he places second in both total kills and kills per set this season, and has started all 18 games for the Griffins.