Big matchup this Thursday with Thompson Rivers at UBC Okanagan

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Big matchup this Thursday with Thompson Rivers at UBC Okanagan

By Cary Mellon on January 14, 2015

Two important volleyball matches this week for the Heat. First up, Thursday night UBC Okanagan host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, first serve at 8 p.m. The same two will play again on Saturday in Kamloops at 7 p.m.

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Two important volleyball matches this week for the Heat. First up on Thursday night the Thompson Rivers WolfPack visit UBC Okanagan to play the No. 2 UBC Okanagan Heat with first serve at 6 p.m. The same two will play again on Saturday in Kamloops at 5 p.m.

Game Times

THURSDAY, JAN. 15th:
8 PM | UBC Okanagan vs. Thompson Rivers
WEBCAST | LIVE STATS | TICKETS

@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

SATURDAY, JAN. 17th:
7 PM | UBC Okanagan at Thompson Rivers
WEBCAST | LIVE STATS | TICKETS

@ Kamloops, BC (Tournament Capital Centre)

UBCO TALE OF THE TAPE TRU
.206 (11) Hitting Pct. .248 (6)
.237 Opp Hitting Pct. .262
10.85 (11) Kills/set 12.19 (7)
10.09 (11) Assists/set 11.59 (6)
2.28 (8) Blocks/set 1.99 (11)
1.05 (11) Services Aces/set 1.20 (7)
9.18 (8) Digs/set 9.04 (9)
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UBC OKANAGAN HEAT  THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (6-19, 6-12 Canada West)                        SCHEDUE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 11th
Last week: 2-0; Fri W (3-2), Sat W (3-1); at Calgary
Streak: 6 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 UBC Okanagan Heat men’s a volleyball team will play their travel partner this weekend in a pair of Canada West competitions in  a home and home competition with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The Heat host the ‘Pack on Thursday in the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium with first serve at 8 p.m.  The second match will take place in Kamloops at the Tournament Capital Centre with the teams hitting the court at 7 p.m.

Playoff Outlook for UBC Okanagan: With just four weekends left on the Canada West volleyball calendar and just six games left on the UBC Okanagan schedule, a last gasp surge to the playoffs continues for Greg Poitras’ team, winners of their last six matches. The Heat currently have 12 points, and are in 11th place with top seven earning a spot in the post season. Currently three teams (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Mount Royal) hold down the last two playoff spots all with nine wins and 18 points, all three of those teams have very difficult remaining schedule’s. UBC Okanagan does face Mount Royal in two weeks and his, other than the aforementioned three, Thompson Rivers (7-11) and Calgary (6-12) ahead or equal to themselves in the standings. The chance is slim, but if the Heat can run the table and win their final six matches they would stand a good shot at qualifying for the postseason.

Thompson Rivers outlook: The WolfPack are 7-11 and have been playing well since the calendar turned, they bested the Heat at their own tournament winning the Invitational over the Trinity Western Spartans.  For their first week back of conference play TRU won six if seven sets versus MacEwan. TRU did lose to Calgary in October, the team UBC Okanagan handled this past weekend. TRU started the year with seven straight losses before winning five of their next six, then losing their last three before the December break.

Head to Head: (2-4, 6-14 – since 2007/08) In six conference meetings the UBC Okanagan Heat wave won twice against their Interior foe, but have lost the last four after winning twice in UBC Okanagan’s first year in the CIS. Those wins in February of 2012 sent the Heat into the postseason.

Turn the season around: After being swept away at home by the Saskatchewan Huskies last November (Nov 14-15) and losing 36 of their first 41 sets the Heat have turned around their season and have won six straight matches and 18 of 25 of their last sets.

Athlete of the Week: Jim Bell for his exploits in UBC Okanagan’s pair of wins this past weekend versus Calgary was selected as a Canada West Athlete of the Week. 

HEAT TEAM LEADERS:
Kills / set  Hitting % (min 50 att.)  Digs / set  Aces / set  Blocks / set 
Jim Bell 3.19 Joshua Harvey .404 Jeremy Fostvelt 2.12 Lars Bornemann .20 Leo Schober .98
Lars Bornemann 2.56 Chris Wilson .323 Kristof Schlagintweit 1.61 Chris Wilson .20 Joshua Harvey .94
Alex Swiatlowski 2.00 Leo Schober .289 Alex Swiatlowski 1.51 Alex Swiatlowski .18 Jim Bell .69
WOLFPACK TEAM LEADERS:
Kills per set  Hitting % (min 50 att.)   Digs / set   Aces / set  Blocks / set 
Brad Gunter 4.54 Daniel Eikeland Rod  .326  Brad Gunter 1.85 Brad Gunter .32 Jordan Foot .94
Casey Knight 3.53 Nic Balazs .281 Matt Krueger 1.75 Graham Stoliker .27 Nic Balazs .71
Randy Grundmann 2.77 Brad Gunter .262 Graham Stoliker 1.51  Casey Knight .20 Brandon Hewwing .69

THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK  (18-16, 7-11 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 9th
Last week: 2-0; Sat W (3-0); Sat W (3-1); at MacEwan
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: Brandon Hewwing, Denham O’Reilly, Issac Smit
Key returnees: Brad Gunter, Casey Knight, Matt Krueger, Stuart Richey
Key departures: Colin Carson, Jacob Tricarico

KAMLOOPS – If there is a team in the Canada West whose time has come, it has to be the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack, whose core has been together for the last three years.  Led by Canada West and CIS Player of the Year Brad Gunter, the WolfPack are poised to improve upon their bronze medal win at last year’s Canada West Final Four.  Gunter is coming off playing with the Canadian Senior Men’s B team this past summer.

Gunter and Casey Knight lead a multi-pronged offense.  Breakout years are expected from middles Jordan Foot (2nd year, Prince George, BC) and Daniel Eikland Rod (3rd year, Oz, Norway).  Foot was an all-star at the NTCC U-18 championships.

Graham Stoliker (4th year, Surrey, BC) is poised to take over from Canada West all-star and Dale Iwanoczko Award winner Colin Carson at setter.

WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly is poised to turn over the core of the squad over the next couple of years and has recruited seven rookies – most of whom have played together for the last several summers in the Team BC program.

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