No. 2 UBC Okanagan host valley rival TRU this Thursday in Kelowna
By Cary Mellon on January 14, 2015
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.
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium
@ Kamloops, BC (Tournament Capital Centre)
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||TRU|
|.210 (4)||Hitting Pct.||.170 (8)|
|.136||Opp Hitting Pct.||.178|
|11.97 (1)||Kills/set||11.30 (7)|
|11.10 (1)||Assists/set||10.77 (6)|
|2.30 (5)||Blocks/set||1.60 (13)|
|1.94 (5)||Services Aces/set||1.73 (6)|
|13.90 (4)||Digs/set||12.58 (11)|
|#2 UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK|
HEAT (18-6, 14-4 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: No. 2
CanWest Standings: 1st
Last week: 2-0; Fri W (3-1), Sat W (3-1); vs Calgary
Streak: 10 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: Winners of 10 straight, the 14-4 Heat and look to keep the streak alive in their home and home series against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The streak will first be tested this Thursday (Jan. 15) in Kelowna with first serve at 6 p.m. The tenth place 7-11 ‘Pack will host UBC Okanagan in the return Canada West conference match on Saturday in Kamloops at the Tournament Capital Centre getting underway at 5 p.m.
Playoff outlook for UBC Okanagan: With 14 wins the Heat have all but mathematically locked up a playoff spot and now jockey for position and seeding as the top spot has a first round bye in Canada West with spots 2, 3, 4 host a best of three in the first round. Although UBC Okanagan is currently first place U of A has the inside track on the first place bye sitting just two points behind UBC Okanagan and have two games in hand.
WolfPack to this point: The WolfPack lost all 22 matches in 2013, lost all 22 matches in 2012 and hadn’t won a match since Feb. 10, 2012 in Kelowna versus the Heat before besting Calgary this past October. TRU has also beaten potential playoff teams UBC and Brandon, and last year’s national champion, Manitoba.
Head to Head (6-0, 10-3 – since 2007/08): UBC Okanagan has lost just once to the WolfPack in league play in six meetings (5-1) and have won 17 of 22 sets in those six meetings, winning the last 14 sets (Last time dropping a league set to TRU was on – Feb. 11, 2012). In exhibition, since 2007/08 the Heat have won four of seven matches. The Heat lost to Thompson Rivers in exhibition play this September on the 26th after not having lost to the Kamloops team since Feb. 10, 2012.
‘Pack to watch out for: (#12) Iuliia Pakhomenko a 6-foot 3 outside hitter from Donetsk in the Ukraine is second in Canada West 4.64 kills per set, also second in (297) total kills, (670) total attacks, (119) errors, (335) points and (5.2) points per set.
|HEAT TEAM LEADERS:|
|Kills / set||Hitting % (min 50 att.)||Digs / set||Aces / set||Blocks / set|
|Brianna Beamish||3.19||Katie Wuttunee||.357||Kailin Jones||3.35||Megan Festival||.46||Katy Klomps||1.56|
|Megan Festival||2.62||Katy Klomps||.313||Megan Festival||2.69||Myrte Schon||.37||Katie Wuttunee||0.74|
|Katie Wuttunee||2.26||Brianna Beamish||.207||Brianna Beamish||1.92||Emily Oxland||.34||Kaitlynn Given||0.66|
|WOLFPACK TEAM LEADERS:|
|Kills per set||Hitting % (min 50 att.)||Digs / set||Aces / set||Blocks / set|
|Iuliia Pakhomeko||4.64||Morgan Kolasa||.267||Krista Hogewoning||2.65||Krista Hogewoning||.38||Kaitlin Lomas||.74|
|Krista Hogewoning||2.08||Iuliia Pakhomeko||.266||Alyssa Wolf||2.41||Iuliia Pakhomeko||.33||Morgan Kolasa||.68|
|Alyssa Wolf||1.44||Kaitlin Lomas||.263||Iuliia Pakhomeko||2.34||Brianne Rauch||.27||Kara Twomey||.46|
THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK (13-14, 7-11 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 4th
Last week: 0-2; Sat L (3-1); Sun L (3-2); at MacEwan
Streak: 5 losses
2013-14 conference record: 0-22
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: Iuliia Pakhomenko, Krista Hogewoning, Alyssa Wolf
Key returnees: Brianne Rauch, Morgan Kolasa, Kaitlin Lomas
Key departures: None
KAMLOOPS – There is a whole lot of optimism going into this season about this team, thanks in part to the hiring of Chad Grimm as full time head coach. He will be assisted by among others, Nathan Bennett, the former head men’s coach at Capilano University.
Grimm has recruited seven new players including Iuliia Pakhomenko. She was a NCAA Division II all-star the past two seasons.
Alyssa Wolf and Krista Hogewoning were recruited from the PACWEST and will provide skill and experience.
Newcomers to university volleyball include Tyneille Neufeld (Winnipeg, MB), Samantha Horth (Cloverdale, BC) and Carly Gunter (Courtenay, BC)—the younger sister of CIS men’s volleyball player of the year, Brad.
The WolfPack look to open the season on a winning note when they travel to Trinity Western on October 10.