Heat quarter-final preview

By Cary Mellon on February 13, 2015

Best of three at UBC Okanagan. Game starts on Friday at 6 p.m.

Best of three at UBC Okanagan. Game starts on Friday at 6 p.m.

Canada West Quarter-finals
(best two of three matches)

Game times

FRIDAY, FEB. 13th (Game One):
6 PM | (#2) UBC Okanagan vs Manitoba

SATURDAY, FEB. 14th (Game two):
5 PM | (#2) UBC Okanagan vs Manitoba

SUNDAY, FEB. 15th (Game three*):
3 PM | (#2) UBC Okanagan vs Manitoba

@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

* if necessary

.210 (4) Hitting Pct. .191 (5)
.129 Opp Hitting Pct. .196
11.76 (6) Kills/set 11.30 (8)
10.92 (6) Assists/set 10.53 (8)
2.58 (2) Blocks/set 2.04 (9)
1.94 (2) Services Aces/set 1.82 (5)
13.85 (6) Digs/set 14.83 (3)

#2 HEAT (23-7, 19-5 Canada West)                        SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: No. 2
CanWest Standings: t-1st (3rd seed in playoffs)
Last week: 2-0;  Fri W (3-2),  Sat W (3-0) vs Brandon
Streak: 2 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

Head-to-head (6-2): UBC Okanagan hosted Manitoba for the pair of matches this year back on October 24-25, and the Heat downed the defending national champions, dropping only a single set on the Friday 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-12, 25-23) and  3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-15) on Saturday night. The double victories set the Canada West career mark between the two schools at 6-2 in favour of UBC Okanagan.

Manitoba’s Record on the road: (7-6)

UBC Okanagan’s at home: (12-1)

Jousting for records: Fourth-year Heat star middle blocker Katy Klomps (Surrey, BC) is currently second-all time in regular season career total blocks and blocks per set. Klomps’ 135 total blocks this season tied current total-blocks all-time record holder Alicia Perrin, a fifth-year at Trinity Western University, and both girls now share the all-time single season total blocks record. Perrin’s record stands at 512 while Klomps hit 407 this year, on pace to pass up Perrin next year.

In addition, Klomps’ blocks-per-set ratio has steadily climbed over her four years thus far, from 1.08 in 2011/12 to 1.30 in 2012/13, 1.42 in 2013/14 and now 1.59 in 2014/15, bringing her career bps to 1.35. Perrin currently sits atop that category as well with a career bps after five years of 1.39 with Klomps leapfrogging into second place.

Klomps already holds the record as well for total blocks in a single match at 15, acquired on November 2, 2013 vs. Mount Royal.

Serving it tough: Part of the Heat’s success has been a method of excellent serving pressure. Third-year outside hitter Megan Festival (Calgary, AB) led the conference this season with 44 service aces. Teammate setter Emily Oxland (North Vancouver, BC) also ranked high on that list at the 12th spot with 31, shared with Manitoba star Rachel Cockrell. Also on that list is Bison Kalena Schulz at second with 41.

Of note, Oxland currently holds the all-time single-season total aces record with 46, set in in 2013-13 over 22 matches.

Patient assassin: Rachel Cockrell ranked first in the regular season this year in kills (471), kills per set (5.06), points (535.5) and points per set (5.8). Last year’s CIS National Tournament MVP has been the primary catalyst of the Bisons’ attempts to make it back to the dance and complete and repeat performance of a year prior.

Up and down Bisons: The Manitoba Bisons have had an unpredictable regular season, and can be considered Jekyll and Hyde within the Canada West conference. The Bisons have lost to teams that are in the bottom of the league, but have also defended their ground against teams in top playoff seats. Aside from UBC Okanagan and Calgary, the Bisons have won at least one game against all other teams in the play-offs. Manitoba has been unable to build momentum with their longest winning streak being 3. The Heat, on the other hand, have a impressive 13 game winning streak. The Bisons have the potential to compete with the top teams, but have a record of 7 wins and 6 losses on the road. UBC Okanagan hopes to pounce on the opposing Bisons’ variability and advance into the semi-finals.

Playoff veterans: This is now the third year in a row that UBC Okanagan has made the Canada West playoffs out of four tries so far in the league.  Their first year they were defeated by Mount Royal in the quarterfinals but bounced back last season to make it to the Final Four and just miss a trip to nationals. For the reigning champs it is now their ninth consecutive outing at the dance, having narrowly punched their ticket in after downing MacEwan last weekend.


Kills / set  Hitting % (min 50 att.)  Digs / set  Aces / set  Blocks / set 
Brianna Beamish 3.23 Katie Wuttunee .334 Kailin Jones 3.41 Megan Festival .47 Katy Klomps 1.59
Megan Festival 2.38 Katy Klomps .331 Megan Festival 2.61 Emily Oxland .34 Erin Drew .88
Katie Wuttunee 2.12 Myrte Schon .223 Brianna Beamish 1.91 Chandler Proch .31 Katie Wuttunee .87
Kills per set Hitting % (min 50 att.)  Digs / set  Aces / set Blocks / set
Rachel Cockrell 5.06 Brittany Habing  .301 Caleigh Dobie 4.16 Kalena Schulz .44 Sarah Klassen 1.09
Jordana Milne 1.97 Jordana Milne .252 Brittany Habing 2.47 Rachel Cockrell .33 Jordana Milne .82
Kalena Schulz 1.46 Sarah Klassen .237 Rachel Cockrell 2.19 Brittany Habing .31 Rachel Cockrell .71
Jordana Milne .31

MANITOBA BISONS   (21-13, 13-11 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: t-5th (6 seed in playoffs)
Last week: 1-1: Sat L (3-2), Sun W (3-0) at MacEwan
Streak: 1 win
2013-14 conference record: 14-8
2014 CW playoffs: 2nd
2014 CIS tournament: 1st
Last CW title: 1971
Last CIS title: 2014
preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org

Key additions: Kalena Schulz, Lexi Janovcik
Key returnees: Rachel Cockrell, Brittany Habing, Jordana Mine, Caleigh Dobie, Sarah Klassen
Key departures: Taylor Pischke, Crystal Mulder, Emily Erickson, Mariel Garcia

WINNIPEG – What do you do for an encore?

The Manitoba Bisons women’s volleyball team made a historic run through the 2014 CIS Women’s Volleyball Championship as they swept all three matches en route to the national championship.  They were the first ever team to go a perfect 9-0 in sets at a CIS Championship in the rally point era, which begun in the 1999-00 season.

As they say in sports, winning a championship is difficult, defending it is even harder. The Bisons look to accomplish the feat (the Herd last went back-to-back CIS titles in 2000-01 and 2001-02 season) with an experienced core group but also have added new players that will find the court as several players did not return this season, including 2013-14 Canada West Second Team All-Star Taylor Pischke.

Co-captains and right side hitter Rachel Cockrell and setter Brittany Habing lead Manitoba this season. Both were instrumental in last season’s CIS championship as Cockrell, now in her fourth year, was named CIS championship MVP. Habing, also in her fourth year, was selected to the CIS championship All-Star team and the 2013-14 Canada West Second Team. In addition, fourth year middle blocker Jordana Milne, third year middle Sarah Klassen and third year libero Caleigh Dobie are all back as starters from last year’s winning squad.

Head coach Ken Bentley, in his 29th season at Manitoba, talked about the challenge for the veteran players to take on a bigger load with the change to the lineup and that more will be asked of the starters in 2014-15. Bentley will reach a career milestone as he is less than 10 overall wins from 1,000 in his CIS coaching career.

There are a couple of newcomers that should make an immediate impact in their rookie campaign. Left sides Kalena Schulz and Lexi Janovcik were both national all-star award winners, while part of the 18U national and provincial championship Cobras Volleyball Club in 2014.

Bentley feels the biggest challenge is to bring the first year players up to speed as quickly as possible during the ultra-competitive Canada West conference.

Manitoba will get the best matches from their opponents as the defending champs. Bentley believes the team is ready to play well and battle for a top conference playoff spot, get into the Final Four while the ultimate goal is to try and return to the CIS championship and have the opportunity to defend this season.