Posted: Jan 31, 2019
What you need to know
- The Heat women's volleyball team will return to action this weekend when they host the Regina Cougars for a two-game set.
- UBCO is coming off a bye and have yet to pick up a victory since prior to the winter break
- Regina comes in with a 12-8 record and is currently riding a six-game winning streak. The Cougars can also lock up a playoff spot with two wins this weekend.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, FEB 1st
SATURDAY, FEB 2nd
Coming off a bye:
- The Heat had last weekend off as they look to regroup and finish their season strong with four of their final six games coming in the Furnace.
- After picking up two wins late in 2018, the Heat have yet to pick up a victory in the new year although four of those six games have come on the road.
- Even if the team wins their final six matches, they will not qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2011-12.
Impact players so far:
- Senior Ann Richards has been potent in attack and from the service line all season, the Saskatchewan product sits in the top-five in the Canada West in service aces per set while also having 192 kills and 117 digs this year.
- Featuring one of the youngest lineups in the conference, the Heat have got plenty of product from rookie outside hitters Sydney Grills and Jade Bussard who both have over 100 kills and 100 digs this season.
Head to head with the Cougars: (10-4)
- Last season in Kelowna the Heat captured both matches while dropping just a single set to the Cougars.
- The last time Regina topped the Heat was way back in 2013-14 on UBCO's home floor.
Current winning streak:
- The Cougars come into this weekend's series on a six-game winning streak dating back to the first weekend of January when they fell to the Alberta Pandas.
- With two wins this weekend, Regina will lock up a spot in the Canada West playoffs as they currently sit in the fifth spot in the standings with four games left.
- Regina is 1-7 against teams with winning records so far this season but are 11-1 against teams that are at or below .500.
Players to watch:
- Setter Satomi Togawa currently sits second in the conference in assists per set (9.78) and has also had 12 double-doubles so far this season.
- Senior outside hitter Ashlee Sandiford has had double-digit kill totals in 13 games so far this season and leads the team in total kills with 242.
- Taylor Ungar has been one of the best defensive players all season as she libero has 306 digs so far which is second in the Canada West.