Four game winning streak on line this weekend in men’s volleyball

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Four game winning streak on line this weekend in men’s volleyball

By Cary Mellon on January 8, 2015

The UBC Okanagan Heat men

The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team will host the Calgary Dinos this weekend.

Games at 8 PM on Friday and 7 PM on Saturday.

Game Times

FRIDAY, JAN. 9th:
8 PM | UBC Okanagan vs. Calgary
WEBCAST | LIVE STATS | TICKETS

SATURDAY, JAN. 10th:
7 PM | (#2) UBC Okanagan vs. Calgary
WEBCAST | LIVE STATS | TICKETS

@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

UBCO TALE OF THE TAPE CGY
.204 (11) Hitting Pct. .234 (9)
.252 Opp Hitting Pct. .258
10.93 (11) Kills/set 11.38 (10)
10.19 (11) Assists/set 10.75 (9)
2.08 (9) Blocks/set 2.07  (10)
1.00 (12) Services Aces/set 1.16 (8)
9.12 (9) Digs/set 8.64 (11)
Calgary Dinos_full_a_4c-NEW-2013
UBC OKANAGAN HEAT  CALGARY DINOS

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (5-18, 4-12 Canada West)                        SCHEDUE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 10th
Last week: 2-0; Fri W (3-1), Sat W (3-2); vs MacEwan
Streak: 4 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: Winners of four straight the Heat may have not have completely appreciated the winter break coming when it did. Hoping to continue their winning ways and make a push towards a playoff spot the 4-10 Heat host the 6-10 Calgary Dinos. The 10th place Kelowna squad will play for their fifth straight win this Friday night with first serve at 8 p.m. versus the Dinos. Calgary, who in their last Canada West action split with the Mount Royal Cougars in the Crowchild Classic, will also be the opponent versus UBC Okanagan on Saturday with first serve set for 7 p.m. Both games to be played at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.

Heat Team Leaders:
Kills per set Hitting Percentage (min 50 att.) Blocks per set
Jim Bell 3.08 Joshua Harvey .377 Joshua Harvey 0.95
Lars Bornemann 2.69 Chris Wilson .323 Leo Schober 0.81
Alex Swiatlowski 2.12 Leo Schober .242 Chris Wilson 0.63
Dinos Team Leaders:
Kills per set Hitting Percentage Blocks per set
Keith West 3.48 Sean Tuff .365 Sean Martin 0.89
Braden O’Toole 3.28 Keith West .246 Sean Tuff 0.77
Connor Frehlich 2.12 Braden O’Toole .218 Keith West 0.56

Over the break for UBC Okanagan: The Heat played at the McDonalds Invitational Tournament in Kamloops this past weekend (Jan 2-4). The tournament was a four-team round robin with host TRU, Trinity Western, Budo International from Japan and the Heat. UBC Okanagan fell to TRU (3-0) and TWU (3-1) before sweeping Budo. Due to weather the Heat elected to not play the medal game against Budo Saturday afternoon.

Over the break for the Dinos: Calgary played in Florida against four other CIS schools, Calgary lost to Guelph (0-3), Dalhousie (0-3), and McMaster (2-3) before dropping Queens in five sets.

Head to Head: (0-6) In six conference meetings the UBC Okanagan Heat have yet to notch a win versus the Dinos, they have dropped all four in Calgary and both games in Kelowna in 2012.

Statistically: Second year outside hitter Keith West is leading Canada West with 223 kills yet sits 8th in kills per set at 3.48. Jim Bell, who has recently switched to outside hitter for UBC Okanagan, lead the Heat with 151 kills and 3.08 kills per set. Lars Bornemann has been a large part of the Heat’s offense in their four conference wins posting kill marks of: 15, 14, 15 18 in those four wins. He also notched 20 kills versus Trinity in Kamloops last Saturday at the McDonalds Invitational.


CALGARY DINOS  (9-14, 6-10 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 8th
Last week: 2-0; Wed W (3-1); Sat L (3-1); vs Mount Royal
Streak: lost 1
2013-14 conference record:  11-11
2014 CW playoffs: Lost in quarterfinals
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: 2011
Last CIS title: 2010
preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org

Key additions: Braden O’Toole, Parker Maris, Derek Meeuwisse, Reed carter, Mitch Higgin
Key returnees: Sean Tuff, Connor Frehlich, Jackson Maris, Alex Cook, Keith West
Key departures: Greg Mann, Andrew Visser, Darcee Froese, Travis Banks, Will Youn

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos men’s volleyball team will hope to return to the playoffs this season and make an impact.

Head coach Rod Durrant enters his ninth season with the Dinos and realizes the expectations playing in this conference.

“This team has high expectations for themselves on and off the court. They understand what it will take to play in a tough Canada West league. The goal is to train hard, prepare the same for each opponent and compete every weekend.”

Last year, the Dinos finished the regular season with a .500 record with 11 wins and 11 loses, but were unable to get past the first round of playoffs when they lost 2-0 to the eventual CIS Champions, the Alberta Golden Bears.

A number of key athletes returning to the team include outside hitters Connor Frehlich and Keith West. West enters just his second season with Calgary, while Frehlich is among a group of talented veterans. Other fourth- and fifth-years ready to help the Dinos succeed include setter Jackson Maris and middle Sean Tuff. Alex Cook, the team’s alternate setter, split time with Maris last season.

“We have a great leadership group with a good mix of youth this year. The team is excited to get the regular season started.”

Speaking of a good mix of youth, this group includes a number of players that have won championships at other levels. Braden O’Toole and Parker Maris are both 2014 CCAA National Champions who transferred from Red Deer College. During their time there, O’Toole was voted MVP while Maris was the starting libero.

Derek Meeuwisse, Reed Carter and Mitch Higgin join the ranks as members of the Dinos U18 national championship team.

Calgary hosted the 2013 CIS Men’s Volleyball Championship and will hope to return this year. This season, the Saskatchewan Huskies will host at the end of February.

 

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