The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Last matches of 2019 are in Brandon for UBCO

PREVIEW: Last matches of 2019 are in Brandon for UBCO

What you need to know

  • Coming off their only bye weekend of the fall schedule, the Heat hit the road to face the Brandon Bobcats to close out the first half.
  • UBCO is currently 5-5 and have played the second-most sets in the entire conference.
  • Brandon enters the last matches of the semester winless at 0-10 but have already played three five-setters this season.

GAME TIMES (PST) 

FRIDAY, NOV 29th 

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference road match
4 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (5-5) at the Brandon Bobcats (0-10) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Healthy Living Centre, Brandon, MB.

SATURDAY, NOV 30th  

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference road match
3 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat  at the Brandon Bobcats  | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Healthy Living Centre, Brandon, MB.


First half wrapping up:

  • This weekend's games will close out the first half for the Heat as they look to improve their position in the Canada West standings.
  • Currently sitting in eighth spot at 5-5, UBCO is looking to build some momentum into the all-important second half of the season.
  • With three of the top five teams in the standings still to go on their schedule, picking up a couple wins this weekend could prove to be crucial come playoff time.

Outside hitters taking control:

  • This season marks the first in the Heat's Canada West history where the top five attackers do not include a middle.
  • In the shuffled around system, Natalie Livingston is playing both setter and blocking out of the middle, the Heat are having to rely heavily on their young talent on the outside.
  • Second-year players, Jade Bussard (131 kills) and Hellen Lacava (121 kills) are currently the only two teammates to both have over 100 kills so far in conference play.

Head to head with Brandon: (11-5 regular season, 2-0 postseason)

  • These two squads split their weekend series last year in Kelowna, with both matches going at least four sets.
  • The only two postseason meetings between the two came back in 2013/14 when UBCO captured the best-of-three series in two matches.

Scouting the 'Cats

Winless so far:

  • While Brandon has yet to pick up a conference victory, three of their ten matches have gone the full five sets.
  • This included last time out against MacEwan last weekend in Edmonton, where they fell 15-10 in the final frame of a five-set thriller.
  • The Bobcats are an extremely young squad that features 10 freshman or sophomores.

Impact player:

  • With the graduation of Nikala Majewski, the program leader in kills and fourth-most all-time, Rayvn Wiebe has had to shoulder the load for Brandon.
  • The outside hitter from Morden, Manitoba has over a third of the teams total kills this season and has two games already of 20+ kills in 2019.
  • She put up 28 against the Winnipeg Wesmen a couple of weeks ago which would set a new career-high.