No. 10 Trinity Western next up for Spartans

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Cary Mellon

KELOWNA, B.C. – The women’s team will take to the road for a pair of games this weekend after having the previous weekend off from Canada West completion on a bye week. The 2-4 Heat will travel to the lower mainland to square off against their fourth straight nationally ranked opponent when they square off against the tenth ranked Trinity Western Spartans, who sit fifth in Canada West with a 4-2 record. Friday night the squads will matchup starting at 6 p.m., Saturday the two teams will lock up at 5 p.m.; both days the games will be played in the Langley Events Centre.

GAME TIMES

Friday, November 25 – UBC Okanagan Heat at No. 10 Trinity Western University Spartans (6 p.m. PST in the Langley Events Centre, Langley)

Saturday, November 26 – UBC Okanagan Heat at No. 10 Trinity Western University Spartans (5 p.m. PST in the Langley Events Centre, Langley)

Both games will be streamed with live video: www.canadawest.tv

HEAT (2-4)

CIS National Ranking: N/A

CanWest Standings: 8th

Last Week: Bye

Streak: 1 loss

2010 CanWest Record: N/A

2010 CanWest Championship: N/A

2010 CIS Tournament: N/A

Last CanWest Title: N/A

Last CIS Title: N/A

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After the scheduled bye the Heat are hoping that the rest will have reenergized the team and have them come out swinging in these last four matches before hitting the winter semester break.

“It was great to have a weekend off to mentally and physically recover, to take a little time for ourselves,” notes third year outside hitter Myrte Schön (Langley, BC).

Head coach Steve Manuel of the women’s volleyball team was happy to give his team the time off, adding that “it was good to have a weekend off [so the players could] recharge, and let the players catch up on schoolwork.”

This Spartans will be another tough test for the Heat. In this matchup coach Manuel points out that “Trinity is a very good team. They’re a very strong team that controls the ball well. We will have to play our style of game, and control the ball well on our side of the court.”

The statistics bear out coach Manuel’s assessment of the Spartans as they sit third in the nation in hitting percentage and second in assists per set, and are led by senior setter Chelsea Hudson (Winnipeg, MB). Fourth year outside hitter Amy Leschied (East Selkirk, MB) leads the team in kills with 3.24 kills per set good for fourteenth in the nation.

The Spartans’ only losses on the season came on the road in Brandon against the Bobcats and the team has handled the Regina Cougars and the Saskatchewan Huskies so far this season. They have yet to face a ranked opponent this season.

With the extremely tough start of the season for the Heat, coach Manuel feels that his young team is in a good position at this point on their schedule:

“I think we’re right on track. The players we’ve brought in the last couple years are definitely those caliber of young recruits. Our veterans are very good – they’re just learning the CIS game as well. I think we have all of the ingredients. We just need to get a little more experience, and I think we can be right there with everyone.”

The Heat faced the Spartans during their preseason and lost in four sets Oct. 14 at the Langley Events Centre.

TRINTY WESTERN SPARTANS (4-2)

CIS National Ranking: No. 10

CanWest Standings: 5th

Last Week: 2-0; Fri 3-1 over UR, Sat 3-0 win over UR

Streak: 2 wins

2011 CanWest Record: 15-3 (2nd)

2011 CanWest Championship: 3-1 (Silver)

2011 CIS Tournament: 2-1 (Bronze)

Last CanWest Title: N/A

Last CIS Title: N/A

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