What you need to know
GAME TIMES (PST)
All matches to be played at the Dr. David W. Atkinson Gymnasium at MacEwan University, Edmonton.
Early Season Form
- A tough early season schedule for UBC Okanagan has them face off against two teams at home ranked higher in the national polls and a trip to Langley to play the Spartans, the national bronze medalists from 2016-17. The Heat split at home with UBC and Mount Royal and swept Trinity in Langley to start 4-2. Last weekend at home against the Cougars the Heat fell in five sets on Friday and then won in four on Saturday.
- Second-year setter Sara McCreary has played outstanding for the Heat early on this season as she leads the Canada West in assists pet set at 10.17. This number is also good enough for fourth highest in the country. The human kinetics student best performance of the season came last weekend against Mount Royal, as she had 46 assists in a five-set loss to the Cougars
- Leading the team once again in kills is Kelowna product Siobhan Fitzpatrick, who had 256 last season to lead the team. So far this season the outside hitter has 74 kills and she has recorded double-digit kill totals in all but one of the teams six matches so far this season
- Outside hitter Ann Richards has made an instant impact for the team after transferring from the University of Central Florida. Richards currently ranks second on the team in kills (69), including a season-high 14 kill performance in the second game last weekend against Mount Royal.
Offense on point:
- The Heat offence has been superb in the early-season as they currently lead the Canada West in kills (300) and rank second in hitting percentage (.221).
- The team is just ahead of their offensive pace from last season, as they had 297 kills through six games last year.
- They also rank fifth in service aces with 47 so far in conference play
- The schedule for the Heat has not been easy through three weekends of play as they have faced off against two nationally ranked teams (UBC, Mount Royal), along with the defending national bronze medalists the Trinity Western Spartans.
- The next two weekends will be much easier as the combined record so far this season of the two teams next on the schedule is 2-8.
Head to Head vs MacEwan: (6-0)
- Last season the Heat won both match ups in Kelowna in what was their final home games of last season.
- Three of the last four match ups between the two teams have resuled in 3-set wins by UBCO.
- MacEwan is the only team in the Canada West that the Heat have never lost too.
Scouting the Griffins:
- Through four games, the Griffins have lost two games in five-sets along with two games in three-sets.
- Last weekend they took the nationally ranked University of Alberta Pandas to five sets on the road but would eventually be defeated.
Player to watch:
Cassidy Kinsella, 5th year outside hitter
- Kinsella was named a conference second-team all-star after she finished second in the conference in kills along with third in kills per set.
- So far this season, she has 52 kills through four games, including a 19 kill performance in the Griffins season-opener against TRU
Michelle Bodnarek / OH / 4 / Edmonton, Alta. / Archbishop MacDonald
Shaunessy Hemens / OH / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / William Aberhart
Amanda McDonald / S / 1 / Edmonton, Alta. / University of Milwaukee
Tess Pearman / OH/M / 1 / Ponoka, Alta. / Ponoka Secondary