KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team will take these next two weekends to try and set a high mark for wins by a women’s volleyball team in Canada West.
After stumbling twice this past weekend versus the Regina Cougars the Heat will hope they have better luck against another Saskatchewan foe when the head to Saskatoon to play the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The Huskies are winless on the season with a 0-16 record, while the Heat are currently at 3-13. Both games this Friday and Saturday will be played at the University of Saskatchewan’s PAC starting at 4 p.m. PST
Friday, February 3 – The UBC Okanagan Heat versus the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (4 p.m. PST, PAC University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask.)
Saturday, February 4 – The UBC Okanagan Heat versus the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (4 p.m. PST, PAC University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask.)
Both games will be streamed with live video: www.canadawest.tv
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 10th
Last Week: 0-2; Fri 3-2 loss to Regina, Sat 3-0 loss to Regina
Streak: 2 losses
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
Last Weekend: The Heat dropped both games of the doubleheader to the Cougars last weekend; Friday night was a five set heartbreaker for the Heat, Saturday the Cougars won in three sets.
Balanced offence: The Heat has a balanced offence, led by Alex Basso, Myrte Schön and Katy Klomps. The three have combined for 398 of the Heats’ 655 kills on the season. Basso is also strong defensively leading her team with 166 digs and recording 18 blocks and 12 service aces.
Canada West history: Although there is no official record of most wins by a first year CIS school we can look back at recent history and compare the Heat’s season to other schools and their first year of competition. In 2005-06 both the Brandon Bobcats and the Thompson Rivers WolfPack entered Canada West, their respective records that season were 3-17 for Brandon and 2-18 for TRU. In 1999–00 Trinity Western entered the league and went 0-22 in their first year, 2003-03 SFU came over to Canada West from the NAIA and went 4-16.
Team goals for the remainder of the schedule: “Our goal is to continue improving and developing our team,” states UBC Okanagan coach Steve Manuel. “One goal that we had this season was to be highly a competitive team and to make every team work hard when they play us. We have outperformed any other team in their first year of competition. We want to continue the tenacious play that has earned us wins against the #4 (Alberta), #5 (Winnipeg) & #6 (Manitoba) ranked teams in the CIS.”
“We have younger players and some older players but what people forget is that everyone on our team area competing for the first time in Canada West. I think that they are all doing great as a group of CIS rookies.”
This weekend’s opponent:
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-16)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 11th
Previous Week: 0-2; Fri 3-1 loss to TRU, Sat 3-0 loss to TRU
Streak: 16 losses
2011 CanWest Record: 2-16 (10th, missed playoffs)
2011 CanWest Championship: N/A
Last CanWest Title: 1992
Last CIS Title: 1981
The Huskies record: The Huskies sit dead last in the league and are winless on the season.
Head-to-head: In a non-conference meeting between the two teams, the Heat took the game in five sets.
This weekend’s opponent from Heat’s perspective: “They will be another tough test as they are better than their record shows. This is their last home weekend so they will be throwing everything at us,” says Manuel.
Players to watch: For the Huskies, outside hitters Candace Hueser and Erin McGladdery, as well as rookie middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz have combined for 318 of the Huskies 498 kills on the season. Libero Megan Leniuk has 120 digs and setter Erin Foster 392 assists.
Preseason info from Canada West:
Key additions: Kayla Tycholiz, Alex Van Dyke
Key returnees: Candace Hueser, Erin McGladdery, Erin Foster, Laura Beadle
Key departures: Kira Zeeben, Katie Graves, Quinn Schultzke, Haley Manson
SASKATOON – Jason Grieve became the fifth head coach in the program’s history after spending time coaching in both the ACAC and the CIS. He was the coach of the University of Waterloo Warriors from 2002 to 2006 and led the Saskatchewan 17U women’s team at bronze medal Western Canada Games in Kamloops.
With the departure of some key graduates, stepping into the starting lineup will be third-year setter Erin Foster and second-year libero Megan Leniuk. Foster started four matches last season tallying 268 assists and 19 service aces, while Leniuk had 17 digs in limited time on the court in 2010-11.
Joining the Huskies will be middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz and outside hitter Alex Van Dyke. Tycholiz, a 6-1 Prince Albert, Sask., native, was the MVP of the St. Mary’s High School volleyball team in her final year. Van Dyke transferred to the Huskies from Portland State. She will be eligible to suit up for the Huskies in December. Van Dyke won the NJCAA National Championship in 2009-10.