Posted: Jan 29, 2020
What you need to know
- Last weekend the (6-12) UBCO Heat visited Kamloops and came home empty-handed with two losses to the WolfPack.
- After starting the season winning four of their first six, the team has gone (2-10) over their last 12.
- Sitting four points back of the final playoff position, four crucial points are on the line as the Heat host the (14-6) MacEwan Griffins.
- After punching their ticket to the playoffs last weekend with a pair of wins over Winnipeg, the Griffins come to town hot, winners of five of their last six and 12 of their last 14 games.
GAME TIMES (PST)
FRIDAY, JAN 31st
SATURDAY, FEB 1st
No easy task:
- If the Heat want to play post-season volleyball they will have to jump over three teams; UBC, Winnipeg, and Calgary in a matter of six games.
- The standings are far from set however as UBCO hosts UBC after MacEwan, and then head to Calgary to end their season.
- Heading into their matches with the Griffins, the team ranks first in service aces and eighth in hitting percentage in the conference.
Player to watch:
- Doing the brunt of the damage from the service line is rookie Amaya Perry. She currently sits in second for both total aces and aces per set in the conference.
- The Catholic Central High product has been playing the best volleyball of her young Canada West career in 2020. This includes hitting double-digit kills three times in six games, setting a new career-best of 18 in the process, as well as recording 10 or more digs twice, tying her career-high of 12.
Head-to-head with MacEwan (8-2)
- Before last season's opening weekend, the Heat had never lost to the Edmonton school, however, MacEwan came out victorious with a pair of four-set wins to end UBCO's streak
Scouting the Griffins
Season to date:
- The Griffins clinched a playoff spot last weekend with a pair of wins as they visited the Winnipeg Wesmen.
- The team ranks second in total attacks with 1600 and sixth in hitting percentage.
Players to watch:
- Haley Gilfillian, a fifth-year middle and current record holder for most aces in a regular-season match (7), has been a force for the Griffins this season. She ranks fourth in both hitting percentage and aces, as well as fifth in blocks per set.
- Fourth-year libero, Rachel Jorvina has played her way into first in the conference in digs per set with 4.46, and third in total digs this season, only three shy of the leader.