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.
GAME TIMES (PST)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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