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PREVIEW: Heat search for playoff spot on the road

PREVIEW: Heat search for playoff spot on the road

What you need to know

  • The Heat women will face another tough matchup on the road as they go head-to-head against the No. 3 ranked WolfPack this weekend. 
  • UBCO is coming off of two consecutive three-set losses against the No. 1 Spartans last weekend as the Canada West regular season play is coming to an end. 
  • These matches will mark the end of this season's Presidents' Cup action. UBCO could win the Cup outright if they sweep the 'Pack.

GAME TIMES (PST) 

FRIDAY, JAN 24th 

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference road match - Presidents' Cup Event
7 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (6-10) at the No. 10 Thompson Rivers WolfPack (13-5) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC

SATURDAY, JAN 25th  

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference road match - Presidents' Cup Event
5 PM PST |
UBC Okanagan Heat at the Thompson Rivers WolfPack | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC


Playoff potential:

  • The Heat women are clinging on to playoff hopes with only eight more regular-season matches of Canada West action.
  • Trailing just the Wesmen, who are currently hanging on the last playoff spot, and the Dinos, the Heat will look to improve their record this weekend and jump into the postseason fray.

Players to watch:

  • Once again the Heat women were led by Hellen Lacava, Natalie Livingston, and rookie Amaya Perry in the losing effort against the Spartans last weekend.
  • Perry currently sits second in the conference in service aces per set (.65) and finished with a total of 10 kills and 10 digs on the weekend campaign. 
  • Overall last weekend, Lacava would put up 18 kills and 10 digs while Livingston contributed 11 kills and 16 digs. 

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

  • Last season the Heat were unable to find a win at home against the WolfPack when they fell in five and four sets respectively.
  • UBCO has earned a victory over TRU in three sets during an exhibition match in the preseason.

Scouting the WolfPack:

Coming off a win:

  • In a battle between the No. 2 Cougars and the No. 3 WolfPack, the two teams would split their weekend set in Calgary.
  • The Cougars would win in three sets on Friday but the WolfPack came back to win in four sets the following night.

Plenty of star power:

  • Fifth-year outside hitter Kendra Finch currently sits at fifth in the conference in kills per set (3.36) and last weekend had a total of 20 kills and 21 digs. 
  • Also leading their team last Saturday was Kseniya Kocyigit with 10 kills and 4 blocks, and Abby Spratt with 3 aces, 5 blocks, and 38 assists