What you need to know
- The Heat women's volleyball team will look to continue their solid start to the year after sweeping the defending national bronze medalists the Trinity Western Spartans on the road in Langley last weekend
- Mount Royal comes into the weekend with a record of 2-0 after back to back wins against the University of Winnipeg at home
- These two teams split the season last series with the Heat winning the first match up in four sets followed up by a five-set Cougar win the following day
GAME TIMES (PST)
All matches to be played at the Gymnasium at UBC Okanagan.
Early Season Form
- The Heat swept the Spartans for the first time in their program's history last weekend following a convincing three-set win on Friday night and another impressive four-set victory on Saturday
- With two USPORTS medalists from last season out of the way, the Heat's schedule sets-up for a solid run of results in the run-up to the Christmas break. Three of the four matchups prior to the mid-season break had a losing record last season with the University of Calgary in the last matchup before the break being the only team with a winning record.
- Although early in the season, the Heat currently sit second in the Canada West in hitting percentage (.243), first in team assists (181) and third in service aces (35)
Players to Watch
- Second year setter Sara McCreary has been an impact player early on and currently leads the Canada West in assists through two weekends of play with 151 through four games. She was also named the Canada West first-star of the week after her stellar performance against UBC the opening weekend.
- University of Central Florida transfer Ann Richards has been very impressive in her opening four games with the Heat tallying 49 kills to lead the team along with a .288 hitting percentage. Richards' 49 kills currently rank her second in the conference through the first two weekends of play. Her season-high came last weekend in the second match up with TWU as she put away 15 kills to help the team get the four-set win.
- Another Heat player to keep an eye on is third year middle Aidan Lea, who was named to the national team in May and last season led the Canada West in hitting percentage. The 6'5" Kelowna product has 31 kills through four games which puts her just below her pace to match last years total of 183 kills in 22 games.
Overall Head to Head (UBCO v MRU) (7-3, 0-2 PS)
- The Heat and Cougars have played ten separate times in conference play since 2011-12 with the Heat taking seven of these matchups. MRU won both in 2013, the only time they have met in the post season.
- In 2015-16 UBCO won both matches by three sets to none to clinch the number one seed in the Canada West playoffs that season and would go on to win the USPORTS bronze medal.
Scouting the Cougars
- After two opening weekend wins against the University of Winnipeg at home, the Cougars had a bye week last weekend before traveling to Kelowna.
- The Cougars dropped just one set in the season opening match up with the Wesmen and had an impressive .362 hitting percentage in the first game of the season. The second game featured 16 service aces along with 52 kills from the team as they would win easily in four sets.
- Through four games the Cougars lead the conference in hitting percentage at .261 with the Heat closing behind them in that category.
- Fifth year right side Alex Donaghy leads the Cougars and the Canada West in kills per set with 4.71 through two games along with the second highest hitting percentage in the conference at .400. Donaghy led the team in kills last season with 235 including a season-high 19 kills against the University of Manitoba the opening weekend of last season.
- Another player to keep and eye on is third year setter Allisa Dandenault who averages 11 assists per set to lead the conference. She is the only player on the Cougars who has double digit assists on the season as she had 77 assists in the two matches against Winnipeg.
- Quinn Pelland / S / 1 / Wanham, Alta. / Central Peace Volleyball Club
- Ciera Talbot / OH / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Dinos Volleyball Club
- Annie Hielema / OH / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Dinos Volleyball Club
- Haley Roe / M & OH / 1 / Airdrie, Alta. / Dinos Volleyball Club
- Tabitha Martin / M & OH / 1 / Delacour, Alta. / Team Alberta U18