What you need to know
- The Heat will travel to Edmonton this weekend for a two-game set with the No. 7 ranked Alberta Pandas in UBCO's final road games of the season.
- Last weekend the team put up a fight against the Regina Cougars but were unable to capture a victory in either match.
- Alberta comes in with a 14-6 record as is looking to improve their playoff positioning with four games remaining in the regular season.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, FEB 8th
SATURDAY, FEB 9th
Last road trip of the season:
- This will mark the final two away matches of the season for the Heat as they close out their season the following weekend in the Furnace against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack
- Being away from home has not been kind to UBCO so far this season as they have yet to record a victory outside of Kelowna.
Showed signs of life against Regina:
- While the Heat fell in both sets last weekend against the Cougars, the team battled throughout with one of the top teams in the conference, as all but one set in the weekend series was tightly contested.
- Aidan Lea racked up 29 kills in the two matches, her second-best two-game stretch of the season.
Head-to-head with the Pandas: (7-7 regular season, 0-1 postseason)
- Last January in Kelowna the Heat won both matches in four sets in a battle of nationally ranked teams.
- Alberta ousted UBCO from the Final Four in the 2016-17 season, on their home court in Edmonton, in three sets.
- The No. 7 ranked team in the country, the Pandas have already locked up a spot in the postseason and currently sit in the third position in the standings with a 14-6 record. They could move up to as high as number two if they got some help from the Calgary Dinos.
- The hosts are already guaranteed a spot in this year's U SPORTS National Championship as they are the Saville Centre will serve as the venue this March with the U of A as the host team.
- One of the best defensive teams in the country, Alberta leads the conference in digs per set (17.94) and fourth in total blocks per set (2.33).
Players to keep an eye on:
- Setter Mariah Walsh is on pace to average the fifth most assists per set (10.68) in a season in Canada West history, as she also needs just 114 assists in her last four games to break the all-time career record in the conference, currently held by Brittany Habing (3786).
- Kory White has been one of the premier outside hitters in the conference all season long, as the junior sits second in kills per set (4.51) and third in total kills (325). She has been especially hot as of late, racking up 20+ kills in five of her last seven appearances.