Canada West Final Four Semi-final preview. Heat vs. Spartans

By Cary Mellon on February 18, 2015

Semi-final versus Trinity Western

Semi-final versus Trinity Western

Canada West Final Four (Semi-final)

6:30 PM (PST) | SEMI-FINAL 2 | #2 Trinity Western vs. #3 UBC Okanagan

FRIDAY, FEB. 20th:
3:30 PM (PST) | BRONZE MEDAL GAME | Loser Semi-Final 1 vs. Loser Semi-Final 2
7:30 PM (PST) | GOLD MEDAL GAME | Winner Semi-Final 1 vs. Winner Semi-Final 2

@ Edmonton, AB (Saville Community Sports Centre – Competition Court)

.210 (4) Hitting Pct. .191 (6)
.129 Opp Hitting Pct. .102
11.76 (6) Kills/set 11.81 (4)
10.92 (6) Assists/set 11.16 (3)
2.58 (2) Blocks/set 3.13 (1)
1.94 (2) Services Aces/set 1.80 (6)
13.85 (6) Digs/set 12.81 (10)

Canada West Final Four Preview

Semi-Final Matchup
Head Coach: Steve Manuel
Regular season record: 19-5 (3rd)
Head Coach: Ryan Hofer
Regular season record:  19-5 (2nd)

UBC Okanagan’s Record vs. TWU: 1-5 CW; 0-1 PS

UBC Okanagan’s on the road this year: 7-4 CW

Making it back – The Heat have made it to the Canada West Final Four for the second straight year following their triumph over the reigning national champion Manitoba Bisons in the Quarterfinals last weekend. Coming in as the No. 2 nationally ranked team, tied for first in regular season record 19-5 with each of the Trinity Western and Final Four Host Alberta, the conference third-seed Heat are set to take on the all-too familiar Spartans

To settle a score – The Spartans were the team that dealt the final blow to UBC Okanagan’s season last year in the Bronze Medal match at the Final Four, eliminating the Heat’s chances at making nationals as the top three got to advance. This year the Heat will relish the opportunity to pay back an old Final Four favour and secure their travel plans to Toronto—they only need one win to advance, just like last year, as the top three again earn a berth to nationals.

Season Series – The two top-listed squads wrapped up 19-5, and split their season series 1-1 in Kelowna back on October 17th and 18th, and both nights went the distance in five sets. The Spartans captured the first bout on Friday (29-31, 19-25, 25-20, 29-27, 19-17). UBC Okanagan rebounded Saturday, and ground out another match to win by inches (20-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 15-13). Interestingly, both matches saw the victor go down in an 0-2 hole before winning three straight. This time around, however, the Heat will not have the luxury of a home crowd behind them if the third match between the schools this season goes deep again. The regular season meeting between the two teams gave a small but only initial glimpse into the brilliance of the leading middle blockers for each team, in Canada West First-Team All-Stars Katy Klomps (UBC Okanagan) and Alicia Perrin (Trinity).

Record setters in the middle – Klomps and Perrin tied for setting a new all-time season-high in total blocks at 135 apiece this year. Perrin and Klomps are the top two, respectively, in career all-time blocks, and blocks per set as well. Klomps herself also holds the record for total blocks in a single match with 15, acquired on November 2, 2013 vs Mount Royal. In addition, she is tied for the record for most blocks in a single playoff match with 11 versus Mount Royal on February, 2013. Both Perrin and Klomps are also persistent threats offensive down the middle line, and are dominant game changers that will feature heavily in the matchup.

Seeing starsIn addition to First Team honours for Klomps and Perrin, both the Spartans and Heat boast another second-team member. Outside hitter Sophie Carpentier of Trinity got the nod following a season finishing fourth in total kills and kills per set with 285 total and 3.28 per set. Middle blocker Katie Wuttunee of the Heat has stood firm beside her wingmate in Klomps all season, helping to anchor arguably the top defense at the net in the league. Wuttunee put up 71 total blocks (0.87 per set), but is the more offensive between her and Klomps, boasting a .334 hitting rating to rank second in Canada West as a midlane assassin.

Serving it toughIn order to give themselves the best chance they can against the Spartans, the Heat will need to serve it extremely tough from the line to limit as much as possible the attacking options of their opponents, particularly down the middle path. The Heat have a bevy of excellent servers, ranking second in team total aces with 188. Megan Festival (Calgary, BC) finished first in the conference with 44 service aces for the Heat, and the all-time record holder for aces in a single season belongs to setter Emily Oxland (46).

Heat X-Factor – Second-year outside hitter Michelle Jakszuk has provided critical sparks off of the bench for the Heat on numerous occasions this year, including a sealing of Brandon on February 6th at home in the fifth, and during the swing around during Game Two of their quarterfinals matchup that saw the Heat dispatch the reigning champion Bisons. Jakszuk has played in 85 sets this year, recording 90 kills (1.06 per set) while doubling as another key defensive piece at crucial times to post 54 blocks.

What’s at stake: The top three finishers of the Canada West Final Four will earn a berth to the CIS championships. The 2015 CIS Women’s Volleyball Championship will be held February 26th to March 1st at the University of Toronto in Toronto, ON. A win on Thursday night will send the victory to the national championship, the loser on Thursday will have to win on Friday to advance.


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
Sophie Carpentier 3.28 Alicia Perrin  .328 Kristen Moncks 2.86 Sophie Carpentier .41 Alicia Perrin 1.48
Alicia Perrin 2.57 Katelyn Devaney .222 Royal Richardson 2.13 Carly Hamilton .34 Katelyn Devaney 1.40
Royal Richardson 2.46 Vanessa Cornwall .217 Vanessa Cornwall 1.84 Katelyn Devaney .34 Vanessa Cornwall .73