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PREVIEW: Heat to travel to Calgary for final two matches

PREVIEW: Heat to travel to Calgary for final two matches

What you need to know


  • Coming off two losses against the highly ranked UBC Thunderbirds, the Heat will look to play spoiler this weekend against the No. 10 ranked Dinos.
  • Calgary is looking to improve their playoff positioning as they are currently fifth in the conference standings and sit 10th in the latest U SPORTS rankings.
  • The Heat were able to pick up one set victory over the No. 5 team in the country thanks to some superb hitting on the outside.

GAME TIMES (PST) 

FRIDAY, FEB 14th

Volleyball (M) | Canada West conference away match
6:30 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (2-18) vs the No. 10 Calgary Dinos (11-9) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ Jack Simpson Gym, U of C, Calgary, AB

SATURDAY, FEB 15th - Final Regular season matches

Volleyball (M) | Canada West conference away match
2:30 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the No. 10 Calgary Dinos | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ Jack Simpson Gym, U of C, Calgary, AB


Last weekend:

  • Last time out for UBCO was the Heat's graduating players weekend and the Heat hosted the No. 5 UBC T-Birds.
  • On Friday night the Heat had the 'Birds on the ropes in the fourth set, but they were unable to complete the epic comeback eventually falling in four sets.
  • In the Saturday rematch, the Heat fell in three sets but nearly turned the table on the ranked 'Birds in the second set. Dropping that frame 28-30.  

Individual highlights:

  • Senior outside hitter Denham O'Reilly still sits second in the conference in digs per set (2.32) but has a chance with a strong performance to catch Winnipeg's Darian Picklyk for the conference's best defensive player. 
  • O'Reilly along with Max Heppell and Cam Vanderveen are the three players scoring for the Heat, all three have at least 125 kills this season. 
  • Heppell has been on fire as of late, as he has at least 12 kills in each of his last four matches, including 18 against MacEwan two weeks ago. 

Season synopsis:

  • A season of close calls would turn into victories two weekends ago against MacEwan as the Heat were able to capture both matches fairly convincingly. 
  • The schedule has not been easy for the Heat, as they will play five of the top-10 teams in the country following this weekend, including three of the top five. 

Head to head with the Dinos: (3-13)

  • The last victory for UBCO in this series came way back in November of 2016 when they picked up a victory in five sets.
  • Last year in Kelowna, Calgary took both matchups in three sets.

 

Scouting Calgary 

Playoff positioning:

  • The Dinos have already clinched a spot in the postseason (11-9) and currently sit in the fifth spot in the Canada West standings. 
  • While they cannot move up in the standings, they could fall all the way down to the six seed if they were to lose both matches and the teams behind them win.
  • Right now Calgary is slated to face-off with the defending Canada West Brandon Bobcats in the first round of the postseason on the road. 

Veteran squad:

  • One of the most experienced teams in the Canada West, four of the top five attackers for Calgary are seniors, led by outside hitter Mac McNicol (211 kills).
  • Both Hamish Hazelden and Liam Kuppe both have racked up at least 150 kills so far, making up a formidable trio attacking wise for the Dinos.