Top ten Canada West women’s volleyball matchup in Kelowna this weekend


Top ten Canada West women’s volleyball matchup in Kelowna this weekend

By Cary Mellon on January 7, 2015

No. Calgary Dinos visit UBC Okanagan to play the No. 2 UBC Okanagan Heat. Games at Friday at 6 PM and Saturday at 5 PM.


6 Calgary Dinos visit UBC Okanagan to play the No. 2 UBC Okanagan Heat. Games at Friday at 6 PM and Saturday at 5 PM.

Game Times

6 PM | (#2) UBC Okanagan vs. (#6) Calgary

5 PM | (#2) UBC Okanagan vs. (#6) Calgary

@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

.216 (3) Hitting Pct. .222 (2)
.139 Opp Hitting Pct. .180
12.13 (1) Kills/set 12.01 (2)
11.16 (1) Assists/set 11.01 (5)
2.33 (4) Blocks/set 1.98 (8)
1.84 (5) Services Aces/set 1.51 (9)
13.98 (4) Digs/set 12.87 (10)
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HEAT (16-6, 12-4 Canada West)                        SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: No. 2
CanWest Standings: 1st
Last week: 2-0; Fri W (3-0), Sat W (3-2); vs MacEwan
Streak: 8 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: After a winter break and a very snowy first few days back on campus the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team, the number two ranked team in the country, will put their eight game conference win streak on the line against the sixth ranked Calgary Dinos, both matches this weekend (Jan. 9-10) will be played at the UBC Okanagan gym; Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.

Heat Team Leaders:
Kills per set Hitting Percentage (min 50 att.) Blocks per set
Brianna Beamish 3.23 Katie Wuttunee .349 Katy Klomps 1.61
Megan Festival 2.58 Katy Klomps .279 Katie Wuttunee 0.74
Katie Wuttunee 2.23 Kaitlynn Given .230 Kaitlynn Given 0.65
Dinos Team Leaders:
Kills per set Hitting Percentage Blocks per set
Kate Pexman 2.95 Beth Vinnell .375 Jaylynn Moffatt 0.97
Janna Ogle 2.57 Jaylynn Moffatt .279 Jillian Lazic 0.78
Ali Wooley 2.10 Jordhynn Guy .262 Laura McManes 0.46

Over the break for UBC Okanagan: The Heat travelled to Montreal to play and scrimmage with the third ranked Carabins. UBC Okanagan won both official games, once in three sets and once in four sets. The two teams also scrimmaged close to 20 times over the six day trip.

Over the break for the Dinos: Calgary played in the Alberta New Year’s Classic in Edmonton defeating Toronto (3-2) and Regina (3-1) and losing to the host No. 1 Pandas (1-3).

Head to Head: UBC Okanagan leads the series 4-2. Last season UBC Okanagan travelled to Calgary and took six straight sets off of the Dinos. In 2012 the Heat won both matches at home versus Calgary, with both nights going the full five sets.

Statistically: The Heat will be going up against a team that generates offense on par with themselves, the Dinos are second in (.222) hitting percentage and in (12.01) kills per set. Offensively UBC Okanagan is on par with Calgary hitting at (.216) third in the conference but tops in kills per set at (12.16). On the defensive side is where the first place Heat hold a slight advantage as they are both fourth in (13.98) digs per set and in (2.33) blocks per set compared to Calgary who come in at (12.87) and (1.98) tenth and eight respectively.

CALGARY DINOS  (18-11, 10-6 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: No. 6
CanWest Standings: 4th
Last week: 2-0; Wed W (3-0); Sat W (3-1); vs Mount Royal
Streak: 2 wins
2013-14 conference record:  5-17
2014 CW playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: 2005
Last CIS title: 2004
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Key additions: Amber Brown, Kate Pexman, Amber Adolf
Key returnees: Janna Ogle, Jordhynn Guy, Ali Woolley
Key departures: None

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos will be looking to bring back their winning ways to the Jack Simpson Gym as the 2014-15 season begins.

In her third season as head coach, Natalie Gurnsey hopes to turn the tides for a team that had a tough 2013-14 campaign.

“I expect this Dinos team to be competitive in every match we play. We’ve missed the playoffs the last two seasons, but I think this group has the depth and skill to go on a playoff run.”

The depth in the roster this season is a mix of experienced players, familiar faces, and some new ones.

The experience on this team will come from fifth-years Jordhynn Guy and Amber Brown. Guy returns for her fifth and final season with the Dinos as the starting setter, but Brown’s story is a little different. The libero comes off of four seasons with the Trinity Western Spartans, a team that has always been a contender for the Canada West title in recent history. The Three Hills native transferred to the University of Calgary to complete a graduate degree.

“Amber is a fantastic addition to the Dinos. As a veteran, she adds a wealth of experience and maturity to the floor. Her poise and aggression as a libero have made the Dinos a stronger back row team and she is a captain in the backcourt for our young squad. Amber and Jordhynn will naturally lead the team as this is their final season of CIS competition and they are both eager to end on a high note.”

As for some familiar faces, some key outside hitters return. Ali Woolley led the Dinos in kills last season and was one of the most consistent players on the floor. In her third year is expected to be stronger and more confident. Southpaw Janna Ogle also returns. She earned a starting spot in the lineup last year as a rookie.

Along with Brown, another new face is Kate Pexman. The first year left side, who was a part of Team Alberta, has already seen a lot of court time in the preseason. Also expected to make an impact is Amber Adolf, who transferred to the University of Calgary after a very successful year at Red Deer College.

“She is aggressive, has fantastic jump and also adds some experience to the floor.”