Posted: Oct 24, 2018
What you need to know
- The Heat open up their Canada West home schedule this weekend when they host the perennial power in the Trinity Western Spartans to the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
- Coming off two straight losses on the road against MacEwan, the young Heat team will look to capture their first win of the young season in front of a home crowd.
- The No. 3 ranked Spartans would win both of their opening weekend conference matches against Regina in four sets and have already captured wins over UBC and Alberta in the preseason.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, OCT 26th
SATURDAY, OCT 27th
Opening weekend recap:
- It was a tough opening to the new season for the Heat women as they fell in four sets on back-to-back nights against the MacEwan Griffins in Edmonton last weekend.
- This marks the first time in their Canada West history that they have failed to capture a win during the opening weekend of play however the young team is looking to bounce back against a tough Spartans squad this weekend.
- The Heat started three rookies in both matches last weekend which is the youngest Heat lineup head coach Steve Manuel has ever had in his Canada West career with the program.
- Setter/outside hitter Natalie Livingston did a little bit of everything last weekend for the team as she had 35 assists, 21 digs, eight kills, eight blocks, and three service aces.
- Rookie Sydney Grills would be the leading attacker during the opening weekend of play, recording 21 kills in the two matches for the Heat.
Head to head with the Spartans: (5-7, 0-3 - postseason)
- The Heat would capture the weekend sweep last season against Trinity in Langley for the first time in their programs history, with three and four set wins early in the 2017 season.
- These two teams are very familiar with each other, and in high stake matches, as they had postseason matches such as the 2015 Canada West semi-final, which the Spartans won 3-2, and the 2016 Canada West gold medal match, which the Spartans also won 3-2.
Scouting Trinity Western:
Early season summary:
- The Spartans opened their season last weekend at home in Langley with two consecutive four set wins against the Regina Cougars to get off to a 2-0 start in the early season.
- Trinity opened the season just one spot ahead of the Heat in the preseason coaches poll at fourth, and went through the preseason undefeated (9-0) including wins against UBC and Alberta.
Players to watch:
- Spartans outside hitter Hilary Howe got off to a solid start to the new season against Regina, finishing with 25 kills in the two matches along with 21 digs. Howe was named a Canada West Second Team All-Star last season and with performances like last weekend i son pace to make the All-Star team again this season.
- Fellow outside Savannah Purdy would have back-to-back 11 kills performances during the opening weekend along with 19 digs in the two matches.
- Mikaelyn Sych / MB / 4 / Airdrie, AB / Portland State
- Savannah Purdy / OH / 1 / Victoria / Belmont
- Emma Gamache / LIB / 1 / Abbotsford, BC / MEI