What you need to know
GAME TIMES (PST)
All matches to be played at the Gymnasium at UBC Okanagan.
Early Season Form
- The Heat continue to climb in the Canada West standings and the national rankings, boosted by a rare weekend sweep of the perennial powerhouse Trinity Western Spartans in late October. The Heat are currently tied for second in Canada West and moved up to the #4 spot in the U Sports Top Ten earlier this week.
- The remainder of the 2017 schedule for the Heat has them against the Cougars this weekend, followed by matchups against the Calgary Dinos and scrimmages versus the Manitoba Bisons before the calendar turns over to 2018. With the Cougars sitting at a .500 record, the Heat stand a good chance of heading into the new year near the top of the Canada West standings if they can maintain form as the year closes.
- Statistically to this point in the season, the Heat sit first in the Canada West in hitting percentage (.239), fourth in team kills (405) and second in team assists per set (12.10).
Players to Watch
- Second year setter Sara McCreary has continued to be an impact player this season, and currently leads Canada West in assists per set, averaging 10.61. She is also third in total sets so far, with 329 through eight matches. Sara has been excelling in four set matches, she has three of the top five assist totals in the league so far this year. CW ASSISTS 4-SETS: 1. 46 Sara McCreary (UBC Okanagan) at MacEwan (Nov 10, 2017), 2. 45 Satomi Togawa (Regina) at Winnipeg (Oct 28, 2017), 3. 44 Sara McCreary (UBC Okanagan) vs UBC (Oct 20, 2017), 4. 44 Eryn Orysiuk (Alberta) vs UBC (Nov 18, 2017), 5. 43 Sara McCreary (UBC Okanagan) vs UBC (Oct 21, 2017).
- Outside hitter Siobhan Fitzpatrick is second in the conference in double-doubles with four. In four of the eight Heat matches Fitzpatrick has finished with more then 10 kills and digs. They are: 15 kills, 11 digs vs UBC (Oct 21, 2017), 14 kills, 13 digs at TWU (Oct 28, 2017), 14 kills, 10 digs vs Mount Royal (Nov 03, 2017), 12 kills, 13 digs vs Mount Royal (Nov 04, 2017).
- University of Central Florida transfer Ann Richards has been very impressive throughout the schedule so far, leading the Heat with a total of 90 kills. She also averages the most kills per set (2.9), has the third-best hitting percentage among consistent hitters (.271), and leads the team in service aces (13).
- The middle blocking duo of Erin Drew and Aidan Lea have been superb for the Heat thus far. Drew has a stat line of 58 kills on a .393 hitting percentage, 11 service aces, and 33 blocks. Lea's line reads 81 kills on .371, four aces, and 23 total blocks.
Overall Head to Head (UBCO v REG) (8-4)
- There has never been a split in the series: 2-0 in 2016/17, 2-0 in 2015/16, 2-0 in 2014/15, 0-2 in 2013/14, 2-0 in 2012/13, 0-2 in 2011/12.
- The Heat have won the past six straight matches against the Cougars, having played a pair of matches each season.
- The Cougars haven't won a set against the Heat since they took a pair of matches back on February 7 & 8, 2014 by scores of 3-1 and 3-2.
Scouting the Cougars
Schedule So Far
- Through their first ten matches the Cougars are even at 5-5, and are currently riding a three-match winning streak.
- Regina started their season by dropping three straight, to the Calgary Dinos and Winnipeg Wesmen, but have since turned their season around and seem to be back to mid-season form at the moment.
- Of the teams they have played thus far, the Cougars have matched up against two teams with winning records as of now, in the Calgary Dinos (8-2) and the Alberta Pandas (5-3). Their other opponents to this point have a combined record of 10-18.
- Taylor Ungar is the defensive standout so far for the Cougars, sitting near the top in a pair of categories in Canada West. Her 161 total digs put her second in the conference, and her 3.93 digs per set have her fifth. Ungar has a match high this year in Canada West in digs with 49 at Winnipeg (Oct 30, 2017).
- On the offensive side of the ball it has been freshman Jessica Lerminiaux and third year hitter Diana Lumbala leading the way. Lerminiaux has a team-leading 103 kills and is hitting .104, while Lumbala has 100 kills so far on a .207 percentage.
Jessica Lerminiaux / OH / 1 / Regina, Sask. / Campbell Collegiate
Brooklyn Reynolds / MB / 2 / Regina, Sask. / UBC Okanagan