UBC Okanagan returns home on a winning streak

By Cary Mellon on November 26, 2014

Last weekend of volleyball before exams.  Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. the Heat hope to extend their winning streak against visiting Griffins.

Last weekend of volleyball before exams.

Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. the Heat hope to extend their winning streak against visiting Griffins.

Heat Men’s Volleyball Game Times 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 2014:
8PM | Heat Men’s Volleyball vs the MacEwan Griffins

7 PM | Heat Men’s Volleyball  vs the MacEwan Griffins

LOCATION: UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

.190 (11) Hitting Pct. .114 (13)
.273 Opp Hitting Pct. .312
10.74 (11) Kills/set 9.93 (13)
10.08 (12) Assists/set  9.48 (13)
2.10 (10) Blocks/set 1.63 (13)
1.00 (12) Services Aces/set .79 (13)
8.73 (10) Digs/set 8.10 (13)

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (2-16, 2-12 Canada West)                        SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 14th
Last week: 2-0; Fri W (3-0), Sat W (3-0); at Regina
Streak: 2 wins
2013-14 CanWest Record: 4-18 (11th)
2014 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

Heat this weekend: The Heat men (2-12), on a two game winning streak, take on the winless MacEwan Griffins (0-12) this weekend for the first time as the Griffins are new to Canada West this year. The pair of matches will close out the schedule for both teams in 2014 – the calendar year – and will be played at the home of the Heat, the UBC Okanagan gym. UBC Okanagan hopes to keep their momentum going after a successful weekend in Regina where the sept away the Cougars.

Heat last weekend: The UBC Okanagan Heat took victory over the Regina Cougars in their first and second wins in the Canada West conference this season. They kicked off their weekend away by winning three of four sets played against the Cougars this past Friday (26-24, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17). This was followed by a sweep Saturday (25-18, 29-27, 27-25), giving the Heat the confidence they need to move forward and continue their success

Head-to-head: With the Griffins new to Canada West, the one time these two teams met (2008 – current) was at the CCAA national championships in March of 2010 when the Heat faced off against the Griffins in the back door bronze game, UBC Okanagan took that match in five sets (25-19, 22-25, 15-25, 25-19, 15-13).

Similar foes: Though never having played MacEwan will cause unfamiliarity between both teams, the Heat and the Griffins line up statistically very similarly with UBC Okanagan holding an edge in most categories: Hitting: (.190 – 11th to .114 – 13th); Points per set: (13.9 – 11th to 12.3 – 13th); Kills per set: (10.74 – 11th to 9.93 – 13th); The Griffins are the only team that has less than 10 kills per set in Canada West.

From the Service Line: For the season UBC Okanagan has 156 service errors, fifth most amongst the 13 Canada West squads and has been an issue for many matches this season. In Regina in the two wins the Heat committed 19 and 15 service errors respectively but still managed to win. The 19 errors was the most committed in a single match this year yet still resulted in a win for the Heat, they did score 2, 3 services aces in those matches and Regina made just 3, 2 reception errors in those games respectively.

Heat team leaders: #4 Jim Bell: (150 kills, .254, 52 digs); #5 Lars Bornemann: (115 kills, 49 digs); #6 Alex Swiatlowski: (96 kills .167, 60 digs); #10 Joshua Harvey: (52 kills, 33 blocks, 1 blk/set)

Griffins team leaders: #7 Marcus Ernewein: (105 kills .220, 35 digs); #16 Brady Atwood: (71 kills, .128); #11 Damon Holmen: (47 kills .175, 18 digs)

Griffins last weekend: The Griffins were defeated by the Saskatchewan Huskies in Edmonton, winning only two out of eight sets played against the team. The Huskies proved to be a tough team that also managed to defeat the Heat men in Kelowna earlier this month in six straight sets.

MACEWAN GRIFFINS   (1-12, 0-12 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 14th
Last week: 0-2; Fri L (3-1); Sat L (3-1); vs Saskatchewan
Streak: 12 losses
2013-14 conference record:  N/A
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: Jonah Gillan, Brady Atwood
Key returnees: Marcus Ernewein, Zach Brown, Matt Mohler
Key departures: Tyler Lundgren

EDMONTON – The 2014-15 season marks a very important one for the MacEwan University Griffins men’s volleyball program as they take their first swings in the Canada West. Coming off a very strong ACAC season that saw them win silver at conference championship and hold a #2 ranking in the CCAA national polls for the majority of the season, MacEwan University will now make the very large jump into the CIS.

The Griffins return 10 players from last season’s team including standouts Marcus Ernewein and Zach Brown. Marcus was a first-team ACAC All-Star and CCAA All-Canadian after leading the ACAC in kills. Zach Brown joined Marcus on the ACAC first All-Star team, finishing third in the ACAC in kills.

Joining these returners are four transfer athletes including Jonah Gilham, a middle from the 2013-14 national champion Red Deer College Kings, and Brady Atwood, a right side attacker from College of the Rockies whose physicality and athleticism make it possible for him to be a contributor at the university level.

The Canada West has traditionally been the strongest conference in men’s volleyball in the CIS and thus every weekend will be a battle and a learning opportunity for the Griffins men’s program. The level of size and physicality of the athletes in Canada West will provide difficult matchup opportunities throughout the season. The Griffins men’s volleyball athletes and coaches are excited about this new opportunity.