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PREVIEW: Heat host second ranked team in country to open the second half

PREVIEW: Heat host second ranked team in country to open the second half

What you need to know


  • Coming off the Christmas break, the Heat women will host the No. 2 ranked Calgary Dinos on Friday and Saturday night in Kelowna.
  • Going into the second half of the season the Heat sit just three games back of the final playoff spot as they look to make the postseason for the seventh consecutive year.
  • The Dinos have not slowed down following their Canada West title last season and currently are 10-2, with both losses coming to top-ranked Trinity Western at the end of November.
  • Saturday night's game will also culminate the "Bring the Heat" Clothing Drive that partners UBC Okanagan Athletics with Inn from the Cold Kelowna.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, JAN 4th 

Volleyball (W) / Canada West Conference Match
6 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (2-10) vs the No. 2 Calgary Dinos (10-2) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

SATURDAY, JAN 5th 

Volleyball (W) / Canada West Conference Match / Special 'Inn from the Cold' fundraiser match 
5 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the No. 2 Calgary Dinos | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium


Work to do to make the postseason:

  • After struggling with injuries for nearly all of the opening half of the season, the Heat were able to pick up two conference wins in their 12 games prior to the Christmas break.
  • Both wins would come in November, as they had to wait until Nov.17th against Mount Royal to get their opening victory of the season.
  • Currently the Heat are just three games back of Regina, Manitoba and Thompson Rivers for the final playoff spot with 12 conference games still remaining. 

Players to keep an eye on:

  • Outside hitter turned setter Natalie Livingston has been arguably the most versatile player in all of the Canada West, as she is currently the only player in the conference to have at least 350+ assists, 100+ digs, and 35+ blocks.
  • Middle Aidan Lea has been a force all year at the net, as usual, racking up 113 kills and 52 blocks in the first half of the conference season. 

Bringing the Heat:

  • To start the New Year the Heat will combine with a deserving community partner and work to 'Heat' the plight of the needs of people experiencing homelessness in the community by sponsoring a clothing drive with Inn from the Cold, a Kelowna non-profit organization.
  • For full details on the clothing drive and to find out more about Inn from the Cold, click here.

Head to head with Calgary: (9-5 in regular season, 2-1 in playoffs)

  • The Dinos would sweep the weekend series in 2017-18 as they captured both games in three sets on the Calgary home floor.
  • During the 2016-17 Canada West quarter-finals in Calgary, UBCO put away Calgary in three matches, completing a monumental comeback to advance to a fourth straight CW Final Four 

Scouting the Dinos:

  • The defending Canada West Champions have continued their strong play this season thanks to lots of main cogs that have returned from that CW title-winning team.
  • It was a perfect 10-0 start to the conference season for the Dinos before they faced the No. 1 ranked Trinity Western Spartans in a battle of the top two teams in the country. TWU would capture both matches in the weekend series against Calgary, including a comeback win where they trailed by two sets. 

Impact players:

  • Kate Pexman is having another terrific season for Calgary, as she currently sits fifth in the conference in total kills (154) and kills per set (3.67)
  • The Dinos are one of just three teams with three players over 100 kills so far in the Canada West season, as both junior outside hitter Hannah Tanasichuk (136 kills) and senior middle Beth Vinnell (101 kills, 48 blocks) are significant contributors to the team's success. 

 

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