What you need to know
GAME TIMES (PST)
Both Canada West conference matches matches to be played at the Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC.
- The Heat women got their Canada West season underway against the UBC Thunderbirds on October 20 & 21. The T-Birds took the opener 3-1, and the Heat took the second 3-1 to earn the weekend split in the opening weekend in Kelowna. Both #8 UBC and #9 UBCO are ranked in the national Top 10. The first week of volleyball rankings.
Early Season Leaders
- Siobhan Fitzpatrick leads the Heat in kills with 29, and is averaging 3.63 per set. Both stats put her currently fourth in Canada West at the moment.
- Ann Richards has the second-most kills for the Heat through their first two matches, with 23, and is sporting an attack percentage of .274.
- Sara McCreary put up 87 assists through the first two matches, averaging 10.88 per set. That per set average puts Sara second-best in Canada West right now, behind Mount Royal's Allisa Dandenault (11.00 per set).For Sara's efforts this opast weekend she was named Canada West's First Star of the Week.
- Ann Richards has been the most productive of the Heat's offseason additions. The transfer from the University of Central Florida has 23 kills, a .274 attack percentage, averages 2.88 kills per set. She also has a pair of service aces, 17 digs, and five total blocks.
- Sydney McKinlay saw her first matches in a Heat uniform against UBC, after redshirting with UBC Okanagan last season. She played three sets on opening weekend.
- Sadie Taylor Parks saw floor time on Friday against UBC, closing out the set the Heat won that night.
- After red-shirting last season libero Jennifer Oakes, the youngest member of the 2016 Canadian Paralympic Team and a former Alberta Provincial Team member will not be in Langley for the weekend matches. Oakes is with the national sitting team in Montreal competing at the Pan America Zone Championships.
Overall Head to Head (UBCO v TWU) (3-7, 0-3 - postseason)
- The Heat and Spartans have some of the most competitive matchups on the schedule every year, and have faced off in the postseason a number of times, including last year's Canada West bronze medal match which the Spartans won 3-0.
- Including that bronze medal match, the Heat are 3-10 against the Spartans. Other postseason matches include the 2015 Canada West semi-final, which the Spartans won 3-2, and the 2016 Canada West gold medal match, which the Spartans also won 3-2.
Scouting the Spartans
- The Spartans split their opening weekend as well, going 1-1 on the road against the Saskatchewan Huskies. Trinity Western took the Friday night match 3-2, and the Huskies forced the weekend split with a 3-0 shutout victory on Saturday night.
Early Season Leaders
- Avery Heppell and Katelyn Devaney are each in the top three in Canada West for blocks per set so far, averaging 1.75 (1st) and 1.50 (3rd) respectively.
- Hilary Howe is TWU's leading hitter through their first two matches, with 21 kills (2.63 per set) and a percentage of .216. She also has 10 digs and three service aces so far.
- Setter Brie O'Reilly leads the Spartans in assists with 57 (7.13 per set), and Rachel Flink leads the team in digs with 17.
- Linda Damerau / OH / 1 / Furthen, Germany / SV Lohhof
- Kristin Anton / M / 3 / Prince George, B.C. / TWU Spartans
- Avery Heppell / OH / 1 / Langley, B.C. / Langley Fundamental
- Ansah Odoom / OH / 1 / Surrey, B.C. / Lord Tweedsmuir
- Dora Komlodi / OH / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Holy Trinity Academy
Last Year's Finish
- The Spartans finished with bronze medals at both the Canada West Final Four and the USPORTS Championships last season.
- After finishing the Canada West regular season as the second seed, they beat Mount Royal (3-0, 3-1) in the Quarter Finals, fell 3-1 to the UBC Thunderbirds, then went on to beat out the Heat (3-0) in the conference bronze medal match.
- At the USPORTS Championships the Spartans beat McMaster 3-0, then fell to UBC once again (3-0), before winning the bronze medal match 3-2 against Montreal.