In what will be the last time the UBC Okanagan Heat take to the hardwood at home in their inaugural CIS season, one team has sent shock waves throughout the league as the men’s volleyball team can leapfrog Winnipeg in the standings this weekend with a sweep over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack and carry on to the Canada West postseason.
Final home games are traditionally seniors’ night and both the volleyball and basketball teams will honour the players who will have finished their careers of athletic competition. The volleyball teams will honour their players in the Saturday night games of their two game series versus the WolfPack. Basketball will host the final game of the season in the home end of the home and away doubleheader this Sunday afternoon when they host TRU.
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Friday, February 10 –Volleyball – UBC Okanagan versus TRU WolfPack (Women at 6 p.m. & Men 8 p.m.) at UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna
Saturday, February 11 –Basketball – UBC Okanagan versus TRU WolfPack (Women at 5 p.m. & Men 7 p.m.) at the Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops
Saturday, February 11 –Volleyball – UBC Okanagan versus TRU WolfPack (Women at 6 p.m. & Men 8 p.m.) at UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna
Sunday, February 12 –Basketball – UBC Okanagan versus TRU WolfPack (Women at 4 p.m. & Men 6 p.m.) at UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna
Volleyball (Men’s and Women’s)
The men’s team control their own destiny, with the split last weekend on the road at Saskatchewan and Winnipeg dropping both games to Manitoba, the Heat will now receive a berth to the post season with a sweep of the 3-15 TRU WolfPack; if the Heat can complete the sweep they would be 8-12 one game better than the 7-13 Wesmen. The first of these exciting must win games will be Friday night at 8 p.m. and will be played in the gym on UBC’s Okanagan campus. The second game will be seniors’ night and will go Saturday at 8 p.m., the seniors on the men’s team include setter Preston Tucker (Vernon, BC), middle Mark Broome (Kelowna, BC) and libero Spencer Brown (West Kelowna, BC).
The women went and swept the Huskies in their own gym and will now come home and finish their season with two games against the 8-10 Thompson Rivers WolfPack, the Heat currently have a 5-13 record and will look to finish their very successful first Canada West season.
Saturday will be seniors’ night, but the Heat don’t have any fifth year players on their roster, the games will be played Friday and Saturday night both night’s starting at 6 p.m. and will be played on UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Basketball (Men’s and Women’s)
In the final weekend of the season the men’s and women’s basketball teams will face off against their Pacific Division travel partner, the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, in a home and home series. Saturday night the teams will play in Kamloops at the Tournament Capital Centre with games times of 5 p.m. for the women and 7 p.m. for the men. The women’s WolfPack are 7-9 and still alive in the playoff race, the Heat lost both games at home last weekend to the Vikes and are now 2-14. Both men’s teams are eliminated from the playoffs with TRU at 5-11 and the Heat 2-14.
Sunday will be seniors’ night and the men’s team will honour fifth year post player Simon Pelland (N. Vancouver, BC) and graduated fourth year post Steve Morrison (N. Vancouver, BC) Sunday before the men’s game in Kelowna at UBC’s Okanagan campus at 6 p.m. The women will be honouring graduating fourth year post Audrey Siebert-Timmer (Calgary, AB) before their game at 4 p.m.
Also on Sunday against the WolfPack the Heat are proud to sponsor KidSport, for every three pointer made by the Heat $50 will be donated to KidSport. There will also be a giveaway featuring an Alex Burrows autographed hockey jersey, and the autographed CIS game balls.