Season closes this weekend with Brandon in town


Season closes this weekend with Brandon in town

By Cary Mellon on February 4, 2015

Tanner March

The final weekend of UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball action begins with the home team hitting the court at 8 p.m. at UBC Okanagan on Friday and then on Saturday at 7 p.m.

versus #4 Brandon.

Game Times

8 PM (PST) | UBC Okanagan vs (4) Brandon

7 PM (PST) | UBC Okanagan vs (4) Brandon

@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

.203 (11) Hitting Pct. .259 (5)
.237 Opp Hitting Pct. .194
10.73 (11) Kills/set 12.74 (3)
9.98 (11) Assists/set 12.11 (3)
2.35 (7) Blocks/set 2.51 (4)
1.00 (11) Services Aces/set 1.28 (7)
9.15 (8) Digs/set 10.19 (1)

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (6-23, 6-16 Canada West)                        SCHEDUE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 11th
Last week: 0-2;  Fri L (3-1) , Sat L (3-0) at MRU
Streak: 4 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: This is the final regular season weekend in conference play in Canada West men’s volleyball, the streaky Heat will play their final two games of the 2014/15 season at UBC Okanagan this Friday and Saturday when they host the  fourth ranked Brandon Bobcats. The action begins with the men’s teams hitting the court at 8 p.m. on Friday and then on Saturday to close out the year at 7 p.m.

Streaky UBC Okanagan: This season the Heat have been extremely streaky with a six game winning streak flanked by a 12 and four game losing streak.

Playoff Outlook for Bobcats: At 17-5 the Cats have already punched a ticket to the postseason with third place the lowest spot they can finish. Trinity Western has 18 wins and Alberta has 19 wins to top the standings, both second and first are not out of the realm of possibility for Brandon. The Bobcats have only lost to Thompson Rivers (2), Trinity, Saskatchewan, and Alberta last Saturday.

Head to Head: (0-6, Canada West) In the six conference meetings between these squads the Bobcats have yet to lose to the UBC Okanagan team. Last year in Brandon the Heat would go down in four sets on both days in November (2013).

Jim Bell solid Junior Year: Jim Bell in his third season for UBC Okanagan has consistiently been the team’s top scorer. He rankes 13th in Canada West at 3.30 kills per set, 14th in hitting percentage (.253), and 12th in points per set (3.9).

Seniors night: There will be no UBC Okanagan players honoured this weekend as all players remain eligible to be back.

Bobcat of the month:   Sebastien Steigmeier of the Bobcats men’s volleyball team is the Smitty’s Sportsline Lounge Athletes of the Month for JanuaryThe 6-foot-7 right side has helped the Bobcats to a 6-2 record in the month of January, all of those matches against fellow Canada West teams ranked in the CIS top 10.

The “Swiss Superman”, as he has become to be known, averaged 3.5 kills per set in January, not far off his season average of 3.68 kills per set.

Steigmeier was especially dominant in his 31.5 point performance on January 17 vs the UBC Thunderbirds. He also earned a career-high 26 kills that night for a single conference match.

His performance in January also extended his team lead in kills to 313, which puts him fourth in the conference individual standings in kills.

Most importantly, Steigmeier has been a potent offensive weapon on a deep Bobcats roster that has already shattered the program’s previous best record. This year’s team is 17-5, which has already set a new team best for wins in a season with two matches to go.

“There were times in the past month where Sebastien put the team on his back. He was dominating from the service line, and devastating while attacking, and really at certain times he carried our team,” says coach Grant Wilson.

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

Kills / set  Hitting % (min 50 att.)  Digs / set  Aces / set  Blocks / set 
Jim Bell 3.30 Joshua Harvey .401 Jeremy Fostvelt 2.28 Lars Bornemann .19 Joshua Harvey .98
Lars Bornemann 2.57 Chris Wilson .319 K. Schlagintweit 1.51 Chris Wilson .18 Leo Schober .96
Alex Swiatlowski 1.90 Leo Schober .268 Alex Swiatlowski 1.44 Alex Swiatlowski .18 Jim Bell .71
Kills per set  Hitting % (min 50 att.)   Digs / set   Aces / set  Blocks / set 
Sebastien Steigmeier 3.68 Frank Jones .465 Jeremy Davies 2.25 Sebastien Steigmeier .36 Frank Jones 1.16
Sam Tuivai 3.34 Brendan White .345 Sebastien Steigmeier 1.84 Sam Tuivai .30 Sebastien Steigmeier .93
Frank Jones 2.18 Sebastien Steigmeier .259 Roy Ching 1.77  Brendan White .16 Brendan White .87

#4 BRANDON BOBCATS (25-9, 17-5 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: 4th
CanWest Standings: 3rd
Last week: 1-1; Fri W (3-2); Sat L (3-0); vs Alberta
Streak: 1 loss
2013-14 conference record:  10-12
2014 CW playoffs: Lost in Final Four
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A
preseason preview courtesy of

Key additions: Daven Pascal, Bruce Akubukaka, Brady Nault
Key returnees: Roy Ching, Jeremy Davies, Frank Jones, Sam Tuivai, Sebastien Steigmeier, David Stasica, Brendan White
Key departures: Dan Boutwell

BRANDON – The 2014-15 edition of the Brandon Bobcats are coming off a roller coaster of a season last year highlighted by significant injuries, and extreme highs and lows.

Key starters Frank Jones (fractured pinky finger) and Sebastien Steigmeier (knee) suffered severe injuries that forced both to miss considerable time. The instability in the starting lineup caused the ‘Cats to start the second half of the season with five straight losses.

On top of that, the ‘Cats waited until the final weekend of the year to pick up their first road victory of the season. That pushed their record to 10-12, and squeezed them into the playoffs thanks to a tie-breaker. Once in the playoffs, the Bobcats stormed out of the gate by sweeping the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver before bowing out in the Canada West Final Four.

This year’s squad features the majority of last year’s starters, aside from team captain and Canada West all-star Dan Boutwell.

Powerful hitters, experienced middles, and options at setter should be the focus this season. Add to that a trio of first year players who bring provincial team experience, and this season promises to be an exciting one for Brandon.

Former all-Canadian Sam Tuivai and towering Swiss import Steigmeier are expected to shoulder a lot of the offense this season. Setting will be David Stasica, while Jones and team captain Brendan White are both entering their fifth-year at middle. Jeremy Davies will return at libero, while utility man Roy Ching will likely see time at just about every position on the floor.

Freshman Bruce Akubukaka, Brady Nault, and Daven Pascal have all played in the pre-season for BU and have not looked out of place in doing so.

The Bobcats started the pre-season by capturing their host tournament title with wins over the University of New Brunswick, the University of Winnipeg and Medicine Hat College.