Third ranked Heat want to finish 2014 strong against visiting Griffins
By Cary Mellon on November 26, 2014
Holding top spot in the Canada West standings the UBC Okanagan Heat hope to win both this Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. versus the Griffins and maintain their position through the December break.
Heat Women’s Volleyball Game Times
LOCATION: UBC Okanagan Gymnasium
|#3 UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||MACEWAN GRIFFINS|
HEAT (12-6, 10-4 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: No. 3
CanWest Standings: 1st
Last week: 2-0; Fri W (3-0), Sat W (3-0); at Regina
Streak: 6 wins
2013-14 CanWest Record: 12-10 (7th)
2014 CanWest Playoffs: 2-2 – 4th
2014 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
Heat this Weekend: The Heat are unstoppable, currently ranked third in the country in women’s volleyball they continue on in their successful season this weekend at home hoping to add on their now six game winning streak. UBC Okanagan will take on the MacEwan Griffins at the UBC Okanagan gym this Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.
Heat team leaders: #7 Brianna Beamish: (154 kills, .201 87 digs); #6 Megan Festival: (137 kills, .162 138 digs); #10 Katy Klomps: (64 kills, .288, 68 blocks); Katie Wuttunee (126 kills, .382, 42 blocks);
Griffins team leaders: #13 Cassidy Kinsella: (159 kills, .184, 113 digs); #6 Madison Porisky: (104 kills, .173, 97 digs); #11 Christina Cambell: (101 kills .133, 111 digs); #14 Dakota Wilson: (60 kills, 24 digs)
Wuttunee efficient assassin: Fourth year middle Katie Wuttunee has been proficiently earning points out of the middle for UBC Okanagan. She currently is first in the conference successfully completing 38.2-percent of her attacks; her 126 kills are 15th most in the conference. This past weekend was very impressive in Regina with six kills in seven attempts on Friday (.857) and then 12 kills in 17 attempts on Saturday (.588). Eight of her 14 matches have been at 40-percent or better, she also has eight matches with 10 or more kills on the season, and this has been done with two different setters as both Chandler Proch and Emily Oxland have run the offense equally for the Heat this year.
Head to Head: The Heat ladies have only played the MacEwan Griffins once, in a preseason game at the beginning of this season, ultimately taking the victory in a close five set match (20-25, 25-16, 30-32, 25-16, 15-13).
Statistically: The teams line up similarly with the Heat ladies leading with an average of 12.24 kills, 11.22 assists, 1.69 service aces, and 13.74 digs per set, while the Griffins have an average of 10.43 kills, 9.53 assists, 1.68 service aces, and 13.72 digs per set.
Heat last weekend: The No. 3 ranked Okanagan Heat ladies dominated the Regina cougars this past weekend, continuing on their impressive win streak. Heat swept Regina Cougars in two three set matches (25-8, 25-21, 25-21) and (25-23, 25-20, 25-23) in the centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport in Regina.
MACEWAN GRIFFINS (7-8, 5-7 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 10th
Last week: 2-0; Fri W (3-2); Sat W (3-1); vs Saskatchewan
Streak: 2 wins
2013-14 conference record: 12-10
2014 CW playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A
preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key additions: Dakota Wilson, Porsha Diggs
Key returnees: Madison Porisky, Cassidy Kinsella, Rebecca Martin, Jessica Brown
Key departures: Kim Bolin
EDMONTON – The MacEwan University Griffins women’s volleyball team have prepared for several seasons to complete the jump from the college ranks into the Canada West league, and this season their time has finally arrived.
With plenty to prove, the Griffins will have many challenges ahead of themselves, but with the return of several starters from the 2013 squad, the ladies will be in a position to build on an already solid foundation. Veterans outside hitters Madison Porisky and Cassidy Kinsella will be counted on for their leadership and consistency following their ACAC all-star acknowledgments in 2013.
Adding depth to the outside position was a key focus for head coach Ken Briggs in the off season. The 13-year veteran added the dynamic leaper Porsha Diggs from Kings University-College. Diggs brings versatility to the court both offensively and defensively, and with her experience provides additional leadership under pressure, an attribute which will serve the Griffins well this season.
With the departure of fifth year graduate and standout middle blocker Kim Bolin, Briggs again turned to the ACAC league, adding veteran player Dakota Wilson. The 6’1″ middle brings the physical presence necessary to be successful in Canada West and Wilson will be counted on to contribute from the start.
Rebecca Martin and Jessica Brown will be back in familiar setting roles and with both ladies already accustom to Briggs’ style of play. The addition of Danielle Munsterman, another key piece to the Griffins setting future, will be a welcomed return when she hits the lineup in January after fully recovering from an injury.