What you need to know
- It will be a tough task for the Heat this weekend as they travel to Langley to face the defending Canada West Champions in the Trinity Western Spartans.
- UBCO is coming off a four-set victory over Winnipeg on Saturday and currently are tied with UBC for the final playoff spot at 6-8. Trinity Western is the No. 1 team in the latest U SPORTS rankings thanks to a 14-2 record in conference play.
GAME TIMES (PST)
FRIDAY, JAN 17th
Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference match
6 PM PST | UBC Okanagan Heat (6-8) at the Trinity Western Spartans (14-2) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Langley Events Center, Langley, BC
SATURDAY, JAN 18th
- The third set in the Friday night match against Winnipeg could prove to be a turning for the Heat as coach Steve Manuel implemented a different looking lineup.
- Manuel decided to put in rookie setter Abigail Dueck, while shifting Natalie Livingston to the outside.
- While the Heat fell in three on Friday night the bench boss started with the same lineup Saturday and it worked to perfection, a four-set Heat victory on their home floor.
- Outside hitter Amaya Perry is coming off her best weekend in a UBCO uniform, including an 18 kill, 11 digs and five service aces performance in the second matchup against Winnipeg.
- Perry currently sits second in the conference in service aces (36) and second in kills by a rookie (117).
- Dueck would finish with 37 assists on Saturday for UBCO along with seven digs and four kills in her first career Canada West start.
Head to head with the Spartans: (14-2)
- Last season in Kelowna the Spartans captured both matches in three sets against the then No. 3 team in the country.
- These two teams are very familiar with each other, and in high stakes matches, as they had postseason matches such as the 2015 Canada West semi-final, which the Spartans won 3-2, and the 2016 Canada West gold medal match, which the Spartans also won 3-2.
Scouting the Spartans
Coming off a loss:
- In a battle of No. 1 versus No. 2, the Spartans and Mount Royal Cougars would split their weekend set last weekend in Langley, with the Cougars winning on Saturday night in four sets.
- Trinity still sits atop the Canada West standings at 14-2 and have already clinched a playoff spot with six games remaining.
- The No. 1 ranked Spartans lsead the conference in nearly every statistical category, including hitting percentage (.253), service aces (150), total blocks (146) and assists per set (11.67).
Plenty of star power:
- In a lineup filled with highly decorated players, it has been All-Star outside hitter Hilary Howe doing most of the damage for the team from Langley.
- The 6'2 outside from Calgary sits second in the conference in total kills with 219 and the big-swinging righty has finished in double-figures in terms of kills in all 16 matches this season.
- Canada West Rookie of the Year Savannah Purdy and Second Team All-Star Mikaelyn Sych provide plenty of depth for the No. 1 team in the country.