On the road for the opening of their Canada West women's volleyball conference schedule, the UBC Okanagan Heat will once again attempt to be one of the final team's standing when the dust settles after a 24 match schedule. If head coach Steve Manuel can guide the team in his 18th season to the playoffs this season it will be their eighth straight trip to the postseason in Canada West, and 16 trips in those 18 years.
The first weekend on the conference docket has the Heat in Edmonton with matches against MacEwan (Oct. 19-20), this is one of three road trips in the first semester for UBCO, with stops also in Winnipeg (Nov. 2-3) and Saskatoon (Nov. 30 – Dec. 1).
The home opener will set the tone early for the Heat as they face off against another perennial contender and B.C. rival in the Trinity Western Spartans. The always hard-fought matches shake the Furnace on Friday-Saturday, October 26th-27th.
Four other home dates highlight November, first UBCO will play host to Mount Royal (Nov. 16-17) and then Brandon (Nov. 23-24) on back-to-back weekends.
Following the semester break the Heat will open 2019 with a pair of matches versus the Dinos (Jan. 4-5) before hitting the road for two straight weekends. After playing at the University of Manitoba (Jan. 11-12) the Heat will head to Vancouver (Jan. 18-19) to battle sister-school rival, the UBC Thunderbirds.
The season closes at home (Feb. 15-16) for the Heat when they host two matches against Presidents' Cup and B.C. Interior foe, the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, prior to that final weekend the Heat host the Regina Cougars (Feb. 1-2). Sandwiched between those home dates is a second trip to Edmonton to face off against the Alberta Pandas (Feb. 8-9).
The two bye weeks for the UBCO women's squad are dispersed evenly, with a break on the November 10th-11th weekend in the first half, and over the January 26th-27th weekend in the latter half of the season.
Once again all Heat volleyball games will be carried live of canadawest.tv.
|Oct 26-27||Trinity Western||Kelowna||5-7, 0-3 PS|
|Nov 16-17||Mount Royal||Kelowna||8-4, 0-2 PS|
|Nov 23-24||Brandon||Kelowna||10-4, 2-0 PS|
|Nov 30-Dec 1||Saskatchewan||Saskatoon||13-1|
|Jan 4-5||Calgary||Kelowna||9-5, 2-1 PS|
|Jan 11-12||Manitoba||Winnipeg||11-3, 4-0 PS|
|Jan 18-19||UBC||Vancouver||3-11, 2-4 PS|
|Feb 8-9||Alberta||Edmonton||7-7, 0-1 PS|
|Feb 15-16||Thompson Rivers||Kelowna||12-2|
The 13-team league will qualify the eight top teams intro a playoff schedule that runs over three weekends of play.
A CW champion will be crowned either March 8th or 9th in a single match at the highest remaining seed's home court.
The U SPORTS national championship is in the west this year with the three-day eight-team tournament hosted by the University of Alberta, March 14-17.
Top eight teams qualify for playoffs.
X - Clinched playoff spot
Y - Clinched first
WEEK 1: Feb. 22-25 (best-of-three quarter-finals)
Series A: 5 @ 4
Series B: 6 @ 3
Series C: 7 @ 2
Series D: 8 @ 1
WEEK 2: March 1-4 (best-of-three semifinals)
Winner of Series A vs Winner of Series D (at higher seed)
Winner of Series b vs Winner of Series C (at higher seed)
WEEK 3: March 9 or 10 CW championship
Single elimination championship game at highest remaining seed Bronze medal game at higher seed
U SPORTS national tournament - March 14-17 (Alberta)