UBC Okanagan cross Rockies to play Mount Royal this week

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UBC Okanagan cross Rockies to play Mount Royal this week

By Cary Mellon on January 28, 2015

Heat

The action begins with the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team hitting the court at 6:30 p.m. (PST) on Thursday and then on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (PST). in Calgary versus Mount Royal.

Game Times

THURSDAY, JAN. 29th:
6:30 PM (PST) | UBC Okanagan at Mount Royal
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FRIDAY, JAN. 30th:
5:30 PM (PST) | UBC Okanagan at Mount Royal
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@ Calgary, AB (Kenyon Court)

UBCO TALE OF THE TAPE MRU
.207 (11) Hitting Pct. .215 (10)
.236 Opp Hitting Pct. .252
10.81 (11) Kills/set 11.36 (10)
10.04 (11) Assists/set 10.49 (10)
2.31 (8) Blocks/set 2.44 (7)
1.03 (11) Services Aces/set 1.25 (8)
9.27 (7) Digs/set 9.57 (8)
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#1 UBC OKANAGAN HEAT  MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (6-21, 6-14 Canada West)                        SCHEDUE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 11th
Last week: 0-2;  L (3-0) vs TRU, Sat L (3-2) at TRU
Streak: 2 losses
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: Although the men’s volleyball team at UBC Okanagan will not continue into Canada West postseason play their opponents this week are still alive in the playoff hunt. The 9-11 Mount Royal Cougars trail the final berth by two games and host the 6-14 Heat this Thursday and Friday on Kenyon Court at Mount Royal University in Calgary. The action begins with the men’s teams hitting the court at 6:30 p.m. (PST) on Thursday and then  on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (PST).

Rest of the year for UBC Okanagan: The Heat have won six of their last eight and will still look to play hard this season as they build momentum for 2015-16. A couple of things to watch over the next few games will be how the Heat start to utilize their young players. Middle Adam Kern, outside hitter/libero Micah Brown, two first year players have played a bit this season, may see some extended chances on the court as well as second year middle Chris Wilson and outside hitter Kris McCrea. It will be interesting to see how coach Poitras gets the two young middles into rotation as he has been receiving outstanding efforts from Joshua Harvey and Leo Schober, his current starting middles.

Playoff Outlook for Cougars: The Cougars have lost eight of their last nine and find themselves on the outside looking in on the playoff race. If MRU is going to qualify for the post season, they will need to win out and get some help from other teams in the conference. Mount Royal needs four more wins this season to get to the magic number of 13 wins. They would need Manitoba and TRU to lose at least three of their next four matches if they are looking to obtain the seventh playoff spot.

Head to Head: (1-3, Canada West) In the four conference meetings between these new CIS squads the Cougars have gotten the best of UBC Okanagan in three of four meetings, however the Heat were victorious in their last meeting with a 3-0 win in Kelowna on November 3, 2013.

Finishing Coug’s: Friday night will be senior night for Mount Royal. Jordan Or is the only fifth year departing from the Cougars. The 2013-14 Canada West Libero of the Year will be greatly missed by his coaches and teammates.

 Harvey Wallbanger: Going back home, Cochrane AB native Joshua Harvey will play these two games at Mount Royal in front of friends and family on a hot streak. The 6-foot 7 middle for the Heat has been extra efficient on the attack since the calendar turned to 2015. In those four conference games he is attacking at a .590 rate with 23 kills in 39 chances and just five attack errors, with a career high 11 kills in his last time out, January 18 at Thompson Rivers.

~ With notes from Justin McCaffrey, Sports Information Director, Mount Royal University

HEAT TEAM LEADERS:
Kills / set  Hitting % (min 50 att.)  Digs / set  Aces / set  Blocks / set 
Jim Bell 3.24 Joshua Harvey .429 Jeremy Fostvelt 2.27 Lars Bornemann .21 Leo Schober 1.05
Lars Bornemann 2.57 Chris Wilson .333 Kristof Schlagintweit 1.57 Chris Wilson .19 Joshua Harvey .93
Alex Swiatlowski 1.90 Leo Schober .290 Alex Swiatlowski 1.51 Alex Swiatlowski .16 Chris Wilson .65
            Kristof Schlagintweit .16    
COUGARS TEAM LEADERS:
Kills per set  Hitting % (min 50 att.)   Digs / set   Aces / set  Blocks / set 
Jordan Parkin 2.84 Griogr Kartev .353 Jordan Or 2.28 Jordan Parkin .29 Griogr Kartev 1.09
Tyler Schmidt 2.59 Lucas King .333 Samuel Brisbane 2.00 Tyler Schmidt .22 Josh Kirkham .84
Riley Friesen 2.17 Jordan Parkin .275 Jordan Parkin 1.70  Griogr Kartev .21 Lucas King .84
            Tanner Greves .21    

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (12-19, 9-11 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 10th
Last week: 0-2; Fri L (3-3); Sat L (3-0); at TRU
Streak: 4 losses
2013-14 conference record:  10-12
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: Quinn Bromley, Tanner Greves, Tyler Schmidt, Andrew McWilliam
Key returnees: Riley Friesen, Jordan Or, Jordan Parkin, Grigor Kartev
Key departures: Colton de Man, Jordan Lantz, Trevor Langvand

CALGARY – A new era will begin for the men’s volleyball team in 2014-15. The Cougars will field a squad with only a handful of players in their fourth or fifth year. Last season, coach Shawn Sky relied very heavily on his upperclassmen; this year he will have to get the most out of his highly touted recruiting class.

Mount Royal graduated three of their starting six from last season, one of which being the most decorated athlete in the program’s history. Last year, star hitter Colton de Man played his final game for the blue and white. The three-time Mount Royal Male Athlete of the Year was the heart of the team and will be nearly impossible to replace. Fellow fifth year graduates Trevor Langvand and Jordan Lantz also logged a substantial amount of playing time beside de Man and will be sorely missed.

The remaining three starters will be instantly thrust into a leadership role with the departure of the aforementioned fifth years. Heading into his final season is Jordan Or, the reigning Canada West Libero of the Year.  Or will be flanked by fourth year hitters Jordan Parkin and Grigor Kartev. The most intriguing player on the Cougars this season is second year, outside hitter Riley Friesen. Friesen was the Cougar’s Male Rookie of the Year last season and was named to the Canada West All-Rookie team. If the Cougars are to have success this season, Friesen will have to step up and assume a leadership role.

Coach Sky knew he would be losing his veteran core so he went out and recruited a collection of high-end rookies and veterans from the college ranks. Coming over from Douglas College is fifth year outside Andrew McWilliam. Sam Brisbane, Lachie Pollock and Lachlan Polson are also coming to the Cougars from other post-secondary programs. Quinn Bromley, Tanner Greves and Tyler Schmidt were all teammates together with the Canuck Dinos. The trio made headlines last season, winning a national championship at the club level.

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