What you need to know
- Last weekend the Heat hosted their first two matches of the season on their home court and they split with the Alberta Pandas.
- This Friday they continue their homestand with matches on Friday and Saturday nights against the Manitoba Bisons.
- 6 p.m. on Friday night for first-serve, and then at 4 p.m. on Saturday night.
- After finishing an even (12-12) last season the Bisons started off their season with two losses to Mount Royal last weekend.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, NOV 1st
SATURDAY, NOV 2nd
First homestand of the season:
- The Heat have split both of their series so far in the season. Both times, in the opener, the Heat would lose in a wild five-set match. Then on the Saturday UBCO would cruise to a win.
- In week one the split was in Regina against the Cougars. Last weekend it was at home against the Alberta Pandas.
Players to watch:
- Through four games this season, second-year left-side, Jade Bussard has increased her offensive output. In 24 matches in her freshman year, Bussard only hit on double digits in kills five times. She has hit double-digits in three of four matches to date. She also sits tied for fourth in kills in Canada West play with 52.
- Rookie, Amaya Perry, has held or increased her point total every time out and is becoming increasingly more of a weapon. Her point totals through four matches, in order, are 9.5, 9.5, 12.0, 16.0.
Head-to-head with Manitoba: (11-3)
- The Bisons beat UBCO twice late in the season last year during the Heat's 14-match losing streak to end the year.
- On the road, the Heat dropped the first match in straight sets and then extended the Saturday contest to four sets.
Scouting the Bisons
Season opening weekend:
- After a playing .500 last season (12-12), the Bisons dropped both of their season-opening matches last weekend against Mount Royal.
- Playing at home, the University of Manitoba dropped a tough five-set match in the Saturday opener.
- They then fell in the rematch in four-sets on Sunday in a tough opening weekend.
Players to watch:
- The Bisons have four players in the twenties for kills through two matches; Light Uchechukwu (25), Kearley Abbott (23), Laura Hill (22) and Allison Alcock (20).
- Hill leads the team in aces with five and digs with 24.