The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Heat look to build momentum hosting Manitoba

PREVIEW: Heat look to build momentum hosting Manitoba

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 

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference match
6 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (2-2) vs the Manitoba Bisons (0-2) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC

SATURDAY, NOV 2nd  

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference match
4 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Manitoba Bisons | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC


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.