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PREVIEW: UBCO to host 5-1 Saskatchewan on Friday and on Saturday

PREVIEW: UBCO to host 5-1 Saskatchewan on Friday and on Saturday

What you need to know

  • The Heat women's volleyball team will return home this weekend when they take on the Saskatchewan Huskies for a two-match set.
  • UBCO is coming off back-to-back losses last weekend in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars, but are an impressive 3-1 on their home floor so far.
  • Saskatchewan has surprised early on, going 5-1 so far while leading the conference in kills per set and blocks per set.

GAME TIMES (PST) 

FRIDAY, NOV 15th 

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference home match
6 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (4-4) vs the Saskatchewan Huskies (5-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC

SATURDAY, NOV 16th  

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


Road woes: 

  • The Mount Royal Cougars would snap the Heat's three-game winning streak last weekend as UBCO is now just 1-3 away from the Okanagan gym. 
  • Home court has been friendly however to the Heat as they have dropped just one match (3-1) on their home floor.
  • This will mark the final weekend at home in the fall portion of the schedule for UBCO so picking up a couple of victories would be a big momentum boost going into their bye week. 

Filling up the stat sheet: 

  • Outside hitter turned setter Natalie Livingston has been piling up numbers all over the place in the early season, including 237 assists, 79 digs, 37 total blocks, 23 kills and 10 service aces.
  • No player in conference history has ever had over 100 in four categories and the Kelowna product is on pace for at least three 100+ performances and possibly a historic fourth. 

Head to head with Saskatchewan: (13-3) 

  • The two five-set victories by the Huskies last season in Saskatoon were the first dating back to 2012.
  • This is the programs highest winning percentage (81%) against any Canada West school.

Scouting the Huskies 

Impressive start: 

  • Coming off a season in which they failed to make the postseason, Saskatchewan has gone an impressive 5-1 so far including victories over UBC and Calgary.
  • It's been an offensive explosion through six games for the team from Saskatoon as they currently lead the conference in hitting percentage (.262) and kills per set (12.67). 
  • They also rank first in blocks per set (2.71) by quite a wide margin. 

Impact players: 

  • An extremely deep and balanced team, the Huskies have three players already with at least 55 kills on the season.
  • Senior outside hitter Emily Koshinsky set a new single-season program record last year with 310 kills, and it has been much of the same for the left side this campaign with 66 kills to her name so far.
  • Middle Mandi Fraser has been doing it on both ends for Saskatchewan through six games, as she leads the conference in blocks per set (1.38) while also leading in attack percentage (.432).