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PREVIEW: Heat eye first win of the season on the road in Winnipeg

PREVIEW: Heat eye first win of the season on the road in Winnipeg

What you need to know


  • Looking for their first win of the season, the Heat women's volleyball team will travel to Winnipeg to face-off with the Wesmen in a two game set.
  • One of the youngest teams in the conference, the Heat have played with multiple rookies on the floor all season along with injuries to their top two setters.
  • Winnipeg is 0-2 in the early season and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where they won just one conference match.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, NOV 2nd

Volleyball (W) / Canada West Conference Match
4 PM PT |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-4) at the Winnipeg Wesmen (0-2)  | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

SATURDAY, NOV 3rd

Volleyball (W) / Canada West Conference Match
4:45 PM PT |
 UBC Okanagan Heat at the Winnipeg Wesmen | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB


Recap of the opening two weekends:

  • It has been a tough opening two weekends for the women's team as they have won just two sets in their opening four matches of Canada West play.
  • Last weekend was a tough matchup as the No. 3 ranked Trinity Western Spartans would take both matches in straight sets in Kelowna to drop the Heat record to 0-4.
  • The opening weekend of play in Edmonton had its moments for the team, but they were unable to finish off sets and would fall in back-to-back four setters against the MacEwan Griffins.

Impact player:

  • Rookie outside hitter Sydney Grills has been one of the most potent attackers in the conference early in the 2018 season as the Vancouver product sits fourth in the conference with 43 kills through the opening two weekends of play. This includes a career-high 14 put-aways against Trinity in the opening match of last weekend.

Head to head with the Wesmen: (12-2 in Canada West regular season)

  • The Heat have won all but two matches against the Wesmen since joining the Canada West, with the last loss coming in a weekend split on Halloween weekend in 2015. The other loss came during their first Canada West weekend matchup, in October 2011.
  • Last season it was two fairly easy victories for UBCO in the matchup, as Winnipeg won just one set in a Heat weekend sweep at home.

Scouting Winnipeg

Early season form:

  • Winnipeg would win just a single set during their opening weekend of play against the Regina Cougars, falling in both matches.
  • It was one of the busiest preseason schedules in the country for the Wesmen, as they played 10 matches in just a nine day span in the preseason at multiple different tournaments including the Regina Invitational and the Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge.
  • One of the best defensive teams in the Canada West, Winnipeg would have 127 digs in their opening two matches against the Cougars.

Player to watch:

  • Outside hitter Ashleigh Laube was the leading attacker in both matches last weekend, racking up 14 kills in the opener against Regina and following that up with an 11 kill and 15 dig performance the following night.

New additions:

  • Kely Warmington / M / 1 / St. Andrews, MB / Lord Selkirk Royals
  • Bella Gierys / LS / 1 / St. Andrews, MB / Lord Selkirk Royals
  • Mikaela Cameron / S / 1st / Surrey, B.C. / Lord Tweedsmuir S.S.
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