The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Heat excited to be back on the court. Host Winnipeg to open 2020.

PREVIEW: Heat excited to be back on the court. Host Winnipeg to open 2020.

What you need to know

  • Following the Christmas break, the Heat women return to action this weekend when they host the Winnipeg Wesmen. 
  • UBCO finished their fall schedule at 5-7 in conference play, just a game back of the Wesmen for the final playoff spot.
  • Rust could be an issue for the Heat as they have yet to play a competitive point in over 40 days.
  • Don't forget to bring your warm clothing to the matches this weekend for the 'Bring the Heat' clothing drive.

GAME TIMES (PST) 

FRIDAY, JAN 10th 

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference home match
6 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-10) vs the Winnipeg Wesmen (6-6) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC

SATURDAY, JAN 11th  

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


Long lay off:

  • It will be over 40 days since their last match when the Heat step on the court on Friday night. They haven't played since Nov. 30th, on the road against Brandon.
  • The Heat had their bye week last weekend and will now play every weekend to close out the regular season. 

Playoff push:

  • After a 5-7 first half, the Heat sit just a game back of the Wesmen for the final playoff spot in the Canada West standings which is why this weekend will be crucial come to the end of the regular season.
  • UBCO still has three of the top five teams in the standings left on their schedule, including the No. 1 team in the country in the Trinity Western Spartans. 

X-Factors:

  • With the attack leaning heavily on the outside hitters so far this season, look for middle blockers Sadie Taylor-Parks and Kenzie Wallace to play a vital role for the Heat as they enter the second half of the season.
  • Taylor-Parks sits third on the team with 25 total blocks, while Wallace has 15 blocks of her own so far this season. 

Head to head with the Wesmen: (12-4)

  • Last season marked the first time ever in the series history that the Wesmen were able to capture a two-game sweep after dropping just one set to the Heat on their home floor.
  • The other two losses in conference play were in 2011 and 2015.

Scouting Winnipeg 

All or nothing season so far:

  • Over half of the Wesmen's matches have ended in three sets so far this season, including three victories.
  • Last weekend they were able to capture a three-set victory over the TRU WolfPack on Friday night but fell the following night to split the weekend series.
  • Winnipeg comes into this weekend in the eighth and final playoff spot in the standings and has failed to make the postseason in the last five seasons. 

Individuals to keep an eye on:

  • Winnipeg has three outside hitters with at least 100 kills and 100 digs so far in conference play, led by Emma Parker who has 144 put-aways through 14 games. 
  • Both Ashleigh Laube and Kalena Schulz also feature heavily in the offensive game plan for the Wesmen.
  • Senior setter Rylie Dickson currently sits fourth in the Canada West averaging 9.44 assists per set.