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PREVIEW: Long road trip on tap for Heat women's volleyball

PREVIEW: Long road trip on tap for Heat women's volleyball

What you need to know

  • The Heat are coming off of their bye week, after starting 2018 with a pair of wins against the University of Alberta Pandas on January 5 & 6. This weekend they are on the road to face off against Brandon University.
  • With the most recent publication of the U Sports Top 10 poll on Tuesday, January 16th the Heat sit ranked #3 in the national poll.
  • The Brandon Bobcats (7-7) have only played two matches this January dropping both last weekend in Calgary (3-0, 3-1) against the 12-2 University of Calgary.


FRIDAY, JAN 19th, 2018
4 PM PST | #3 Volleyball (W) (10-4) at the Brandon Bobcats (7-7)
Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets 

SATURDAY, JAN 20th, 2018
3 PM PST | Volleyball (W) at the Brandon Bobcats
Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets 

All matches to be played at the Healthy Living Centre, Brandon, MB.

Players to watch:

- Aidan Lea, one half of the Heat's powerful duo of middles, still stands near the top of Canada West hitters, and owns the third-best hitting percentage in the conference at .336.

- Erin Drew, the other half of that duo, is averaging 1.17 blocks per set, putting her fourth-best in the conference in that category.

- Sara McCreary is having an outstanding season for the Heat, and her 10.63 assists-per-set average are the best in Canada West.

Team outlook:

- Currently sitting fourth in the conference, the Heat are in a good position to finish in the top half of playoff teams this season.

- Of the teams they will face for the remainder of the season, none currently hold a winning record and Brandon is the only coming opponent currently sitting in a playoff spot.

Head-to-head with the Bobcats: (8-4 regular season,  2-0 postseason)

- The Heat have won the last six straight matches against Brandon, dating back to the 2014/15 season.

- The last time the Bobcats beat the Heat was in Brandon, on November 8 & 9, 2013.

- The Heat and Bobcats have met just twice in the postseason, in a best-of-three series that the Heat won during the 2013/14 season's Canada West playoffs.

Scouting Brandon:

- The Bobcats currently sit 8th in the Canada West standings, with a record of 7-7.

- This year the 'Cats are playing with an interim coach as Kevin Neufeld is filling in this year for long-time and only bench boss Brandon has had, Lee Carter, is on a year long sabbatical.

- The Bobcats have won a pair of matches against a playoff team this season, as they swept the Saskatchewan Huskies on October 27 & 28.

Impact players:

- Nikala Majewski is tied for the fourth-best kills-per-set in Canada West, as she is averaging 3.53.

- Michelle Egger owns the best aces-per-set numbers in the CW conference, averaging 0.73.

New additions:

Nicole Ashauer / OH / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Saint Francis High School

Michelle Egger / OH / 1 / Schwarzenbach, Switzerland / VBC Abadorf

Caitlin Le / Lib / 1 / Mississauga, Ont. / St. Francis Xavier High School

Sami Love / M / 1 / Dauphin, Man. / Dauphin Regional

Andrea Paulsen / OH / 1 / Boissevain, Man. / Boissevain School

Maud Rijnsburger / S / 1 / Houten, Netherlands / Taurus Volleyball

Alexa Shoults / LB/S / 1 / Saskatoon, Sask. / Evan Hardy Collegiate

Karissa Zimmer / M / 1 / Russell, Man. / Major Pratt High School


2018 Graduation
June 8, 2018 2018 Graduation
2018 Playoff Schedule
February 19, 2018 2018 Playoff Schedule