What you need to know
- Coming off a bye weekend, the Heat return to action on home floor this weekend when they host the Mount Royal Cougars in the UBC Okanagan gym.
- This will be the first of four straight home matches for UBCO as they look to capture their first conference win of the young season.
- Mount Royal comes into the weekend with a 3-3 record, with two of these losses coming to the No. 4 team in the country in the Alberta Pandas on the road.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, NOV 16th
SATURDAY, NOV 17th
First month recap:
- Nearly a month into their Canada West campaign, the Heat have yet to capture a win and are coming off their bye week in hopes of stemming the tide against Mount Royal.
- Four of the teams first six matches have come on the road, with the only two home games coming against nationally ranked Trinity Western where they fell in three sets on both occasions.
- The new look Heat team has dealt with some injuries, including that to their top two setters.
- This marks the latest date in the program's CW history in which they have yet to pick up a victory.
Players to keep and eye on:
- Veteran middle blocker Aidan Lea and outside hitter Ann Richards have been doing their best to guide this young team early in the year, as the two seniors have combined for 108 kills along with 26 blocks six games into the conference season.
- Pushed into duty as the emergency setter, Natalie Livingston has filled in admirably for the Heat as she leads the team in total blocks (20) along with digs (54) and assists (144).
Head to head with the Cougars: (8-4, 0-2 PS)
- Last season these two teams split the weekend series in Kelowna with the Cougars winning in five sets in the opener and the Heat winning the following night in four sets.
- In 2015-16 UBCO won both matches by three sets to none to clinch the number one seed in the Canada West playoffs that season and would go on to win the U SPORTS bronze medal.
Scouting Mount Royal
Early season recap:
- The Cougars come into this weekend with a 3-3 record in conference play, with two of these losses coming against nationally ranked Alberta.
- They opened with back-to-back wins against Manitoba on their home court, one of which was decided in a nail-biting fifth set that was 17-15 Cougars.
- Four of their first six games have come at home, including two games last weekend against the Brandon Bobcats. Mount Royal would spilt the weekend series with Brandon with both matches finishing in four sets.
Inside the numbers:
- One of the more balanced attacks in the Canada West, Mount Royal currently has three players with over 50 kills through six conference games.
- Outside hitters Cassidy Kitchen and Chantel Park have each tallied 58 put-aways on the year while both also have over 35 digs and over 10 blocks.
- Right side Carly Davies is the other Cougars player with over 50 kills (52) while also leading the team in service aces (nine).
- Nyadholi Thokbuom / M / 1 / Calgary, AB / Canadian Junior National Team
- Sarah McKillican / S / 1 / Comox, BC / Waves Volleyball Club