Final regular season games for Heat’s Myrte Schön

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Final regular season games for Heat’s Myrte Schön

By Cary Mellon on February 4, 2015

Myrte Schon will play her last regular season games on her home court this weekend.

Myrte Schon will play her last regular season games on her home court this weekend.

Game Times

FRIDAY, FEB 6th:
6 PM (PST) | (3) UBC Okanagan vs (6) Brandon
WEBCAST | LIVE STATS | TICKETS

FRIDAY, FEB 7th: [SENIORS NIGHT]
5 PM (PST) | (3) UBC Okanagan vs (6) Brandon
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@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

UBCO TALE OF THE TAPE BU
.210 (4) Hitting Pct. .174 (10)
.133 Opp Hitting Pct. .166
11.75 (5) Kills/set 11.90 (3)
10.89 (6) Assists/set 10.96 (5)
2.52 (2) Blocks/set 2.42 (3)
1.91 (2) Services Aces/set 1.85 (5)
13.55 (7) Digs/set 14.32 (4)
Brandon-shadow
#3 UBC OKANAGAN HEAT  #6 BRANDON BOBCATS

#3 HEAT (21-7, 17-5 Canada West)                        SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: No. 3
CanWest Standings: t1st
Last week: 1-1;  Thu W (3-1) at MRU, Fri L (3-2) at MRU
Streak: 1 loss
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: Two top 10 CIS teams square off in final regular season games. The #3 Heat women’s volleyball team host #6 Brandon Bobcats this Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (5 p.m.) at UBC Okanagan.

Playoff outlook for UBC Okanagan: Dropping the Friday match to Mount Royal last weekend caused the Heat to fall in the national rankings from No. 1 to No. 3 and although the odds are now stacked against them they still have a shot at finishing with the top seed in Canada West. The first place team in Canada West hosts the Final Four and earn a bye to the Canada West championships on February 20-21..

How to get the No. 1 Spot?: Currently there is a three way tie for the top spot in Canada West with UBC Oknagan, Trinity Western and Alberta all boasting 17-5 records.  The tie-break procedure for Canada West after wins is:  sets won overall/sets lost overall. Currently the breakdown would be in order: Alberta (59/20 = 2.95), Trinity Western (57/27 = 2.11), UBC Okanagan (59/29 = 2.03). Alberta’s ratio will be tough to catch but if the lose this weekend to Mount Royal – they have dropped 2 of their last 5 – it will make every set won or lost for UBC Okanagan and TWU of utmost importance.

Hosting playoffs at UBC Okanagan: Regardless of they results this weekend UBC Okanagan, for the second time in the school’s CIS history will host a Canada West post season series. [Potential Schedule Here] The last time UBC Okanagan hosted was in February of 2013 when the women’s volleyball team hosted the Mount Royal Cougars falling in the best of three in two five-set matches. [Game 1 summary | Game 2 summary].

Head to Head (2-4, Reg Seas. 2-0 Post Seas.): The most recent history between these teams is last February when the Heat travelled to Brandon for the Canada West quarter as the 7th seed and upset the No. 2 Bobcats in two straight matches (3-0 | 3-1). In regular season play the home team has always prevailed – 4 times in Manitoba and twice in Kelowna.

Myrte with her Player of the Match award at the 2011 National Championship

Myrte with her Player of the Match award at the 2011 National Championship

Seniors Night: There is only one graduating player from the UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team. Myrte Schön the fifth year outside hitter from Langley will close out her regular season career with a ceremony following her match on Saturday night.

Myrte is one of the last remaining athletes at UBC Okanagan to compete in the CCAA, in fact the Nursing student played at UBC Okanagan in the BCCAA conference for one after transferring from Columbia Bible College. Myrte played one year for the Bearcats after graduating from Langley Christian Secondary, she transferred to a two time defending national champion UBC Okanagan Heat team and stepped right into a starting role. In her first league match for her new team she led the Heat in kills with 12 in a 3-set victory over her old CBC squad,  Schön continued to lead her new team right a 13-1 season, a provincial championships won in front of an appreciative home-town Kelowna crowd and just missed earning a national medal. In the 2010/11 season, the last in the CCAA for UBC Okanagan, Myrte would be named the Heat Women’s Volleyball most improved player, was named BCCAA Provincial All-Star, BCCAA Provincial Tournament All-Star and CCAA National Tournament All-Star.

In her third year Myrte, known for her impressive game-day braids, played in all 20 Canada West matches and set her career high in kills in a match when she put down 23 versus Manitoba on November 11. That’s the 7th highest amount ever recorded in a single match at this school and the most in a Canada West match.

Myrte's 493 kills ranks 8th on the school's list.

Myrte’s 493 kills ranks 8th on the school’s list.

2012-13 was her fourth year and Myrte was once again second on the team in kills, the third straight year she achieved this mark. Taking a year off after gaining entry in the Nursing program Myrte sat out the 2013/14 season as a red-shirt and training with the team deciding to finish her career in 2014/15. This season has been a bumpy one for the consistent assassin but as the season nears the playoffs Myrte is once again playing excellent volleyball – the past two games Schön tallied 20 kills.

Myrte currently has 493 kills in her career at UBC Okanagan, good enough for eight in school history and the team’s at UBC Okanagan that the Langley native have played on have consistently won over 60% of their games. Overall record: (73-48 .603), regular season: (51-27 .654).

Bobcat of the month:  Tori Dakin is winding down her career as a Bobcat, but she’s been winding up her play for the past month. The Calgary product has been playing some of the best volleyball of her career lately, earning her Smitty’s Sportsline Lounge Female Athlete of the Month honours for January.

The 6-foot right side hitter celebrated senior’s night festivities last Saturday, capping a successful career as a Bobcat. It also represented a stellar performance in January, highlighted by multiple double-double performances and helping the Bobcats clinch a playoff spot for the second consecutive year.

Dakin had double-double performances in five of eight matches in January, helping the team to a 5-3 record for the month.

“Tori has been our biggest offensive weapon this month,” says Bobcats coach Lee Carter. “She’s been our most consistent player in some very important matches. She’s playing some of the best volleyball of her career right now and it’s great to see. She works hard and it’s nice to recognize her for that.”

~ With notes from Matt Packwood, Sports Information, Brandon University

HEAT TEAM LEADERS:
Kills / set  Hitting % (min 50 att.)  Digs / set  Aces / set  Blocks / set 
Brianna Beamish 3.22 Katy Klomps .350 Kailin Jones 3.34 Megan Festival .47 Katy Klomps 1.62
Megan Festival 2.49 Katie Wuttunee .327 Megan Festival 2.60 Emily Oxland .35 Erin Drew 0.88
Katie Wuttunee 2.16 Myrte Schon .260 Brianna Beamish 1.85 Brianna Beamish .29 Katie Wuttunee 0.81
BOBCATS TEAM LEADERS:
Kills per set Hitting % (min 50 att.)  Digs / set  Aces / set Blocks / set
Shanlee McLennan 2.71 Meaghan Robertson  .275 Donata Huebert 3.72 Tori Dakin .38 Jodie Baker 1.26
Tori Dakin 2.30 Jodie Baker .232 Mary Thomson 2.55 Mary Thomson .33 Courtney Roberts .88
Nikki Majewski 2.05 Shanlee McLennan .182 Shanlee McLennan 2.12 Nikki Majewski .31 Meaghan Robertson .79

#6 BRANDON BOBCATS (18-12, 13-9 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: 6th
CanWest Standings: 5th
Last week: 1-1; Fri W (3-2); Sat L (3-0); vs AB
Streak: 1 loss
2013-14 conference record:  17-5
2014 CW playoffs: Lost in quarterfinals
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A
preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org

Key additions: Courtney Roberts, Jamie Campbell, Sara Barker, Nikki Majewski, Kayla Solomon, Hope Schneider
Key returnees: Donata Huebert, Meaghan Robertson, Victoria Dakin, Shanlee McLennan, Mary Thomson, Vaovai Aiono, Jodie Baker
Key departures: Kellie Baker, Alexis Loewen, Brianna Walsh

BRANDON – The Brandon Bobcats are coming off the best season in program history last year, putting up the team’s best record and spending most of the season ranked #2 behind UBC.

On top of putting up a 17-5 record and hosting a playoff series for the first time in four years, head coach Lee Carter was named CIS and Canada West coach of the year (just the third Bobcat coach in BU history to win the national award), and star libero Donata Huebert was named CIS and Canada West libero of the year.

The end of the 2013-14 season wasn’t what the ‘Cats had hoped for, but that provides motivation entering into 2014-15.

The Bobcats return Huebert, who on top of the individual awards was also named a CIS All-Canadian, starting middle Meaghan Robertson, as well as starting outside hitters Victoria Dakin, Shanlee McLennan and Vaovai Aiono.

The only returning player that didn’t start last season is setter Mary Thomson, who has plenty of experience after representing Manitoba at the Canada Summer Games.

Third-year middle Jodie Baker has had an outstanding pre-season, providing depth at middle and filling the void left by Alexis Loewen, who finished her eligibility last season and finished second in the conference in total blocks.

On top of a solid returning line-up, Carter and the ‘Cats boast one of the strongest recruiting classes in program history. Manitoba High School player of the year Nikki Majewski of Winnipeg’s Westwood Collegiate headlines the class of high school players joining the Bobcats, which also includes Sara Barker (Dakota College), Jamie Campbell (Neelin High School), and Kayla Solomon (Collège Jeanne-Sauvé).  College transfers Courtney Roberts (South Dakota State University) and Hope Schneider (University of Winnipeg) have both come back to Brandon to play for their hometown Bobcats.

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