PREVIEW: Heat to face Dinos in Canada West Quarter-final

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The CW#5-seed Heat will head to Calgary this weekend, where they will face the CW#4-seed Dinos in a Quarter Final matchup to start their Canada West playoffs. Match times are 5PM Friday, 5PM Saturday, and if necessary 2PM Sunday.

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This Week for the Heat: In their fifth consecutive trip to the Canada West postseason, the Heat women will take on the Calgary Dinos, who finished just one spot above them in the standings at the end of the regular season, in a best-of-three Quarter-final matchup. The winner of the best-of-three will travel to the University of Alberta to play in the Canada West Final Four (March 10-11, 2017). Three of the four team’s from Edmonton, the gold, silver and bronze medal winners) will advance the the U Sports national championship in Toronto hosted by Ryerson University (March 17-19, 2017).

Current Form: Having won three of their final four matches to finish the season, the Heat are heading into the playoffs on a high note. Their final match, a 3-0 victory over MacEwan at home on Seniors Night, saw them at their most confident and consistent.

Key Players: Aidan Lea put together an outstanding season on the attack for the Heat, leading Canada West in hitting percentage as she finished hitting .350. Megan Festival was also a conference leader from the service line, averaging a fifth-best .49 service aces per set.

Home and away: UBCO has a winning record on the road this year (6-5) while at home are (9-4) with all five road losses coming to playoff teams (UBC x2, Alberta x2, and Mount Royal). Calgary, hosting the quarter-final this weekend, has a better away record (11-2) then they do at home (7-4).

Team Stat: Leading to a second-best 1071 kills in the conference, the Heat led Canada West in assists this season, and were the only team to amass more than 1000, as they finished with 1002.

Last time Heat in Quarter-finals: In 2013/14 the Heat were the visiting underdogs and got the win in Brandon. UBC Okanagan went to Manitoba as the 7th seed and Brandon was the Canada West #2.

Notable career marks for UBCO players: Emily Oxland finished her regular season career with 2996 assists which puts her fifth all time in Canada West history and first all time in the school’s history. Megan Festival fell just four kills shy of the school record in kills with 888. Alex Basso hangs on to top spot with 892 kills in career.

Overall Head to Head vs UofC:  The Heat currently lead (9-3) against the Dinos, the team’s split in Kelowna in December in the last matches of 2016.

2016 CW regular season leaders – UBCO:

Kills (Conference rank):

  1. 256 (8th), .163 (29th) / Siobhan Fitzpatrick, OH;
  2. 200 (17th), .213 (17th) / Kaitlynn Given, OH;

Hitting % (Conference rank) — played in 60% of team games and 4 total attacks per set:

  1. .350 (1st) / Aidan Lea, MB;
  2. .213 (17th) / Kaitlynn Given, OH;

Digs (Conference rank):

  1. 261 (9th) / Megan Festival, OH;
  2. 196 (17th) / Siobhan Fitzpatrick, OH;

Blocks (Conference rank):

  1. 76 (8th) / Erin Drew, MB;
  2. 74 (9th) / Aidan Lea, MB;

Aces (Conference rank):

  1. 43 (3rd) / Megan Festival, OH;
  2. 30 (17th) / Siobhan Fitzpatrick, OH;

Assists (Conference rank):

  1. 503 (12th) / Emily Oxland, S;
  2. 344 (14th) / Sara McCreary, S;

#9 UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (22-11, 15-9 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: No. 9
CanWest Standings: 5th
Last week: 2-0 vs MacEwan
Streak: 2W
2014-15 Record: (34-4, 22-2)  (1st)
2015 CanWest Playoffs: 1-1  – Silver
2015 CIS Tournament: 2-1 – Bronze
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

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Dinos Coming into this Weekend: Calgary’s final two matches came against their provincial rivals, the conference-leading Alberta Pandas. Alberta won both in straight sets, so the Dinos’ season ended on a bit of a rough note.

Schedule Notes: Those two losses against Alberta were among just five that the Dinos have lost since the beginning of the new year, all of which were against playoff teams. Four of those five losses were also on home court, where they will be playing against the Heat this weekend.

Key Players: Jaylynn Moffatt led Canada West with 109 total blocks on the season which is tied for 8th all time in Canada West conference play. Outside hitter Kate Pexman is fourth in Canada West with 340 kills as a sophomore.

Team Stat: The Dinos led Canada West in total kills this season, putting away 1079, eight more than the Heat. They were also near the top of the conference defensively, finishing second with 219 total blocks.

Dinos playoff recent history: 2008-2009 was the last time Calgary made the Final Four. Calgary has been swept the last three times they have made the Canada West playoffs. In 2011/12 and 2012/13 they lost to Trinity Western University. In 2014/15 they lost to UBC.

Dinos senior players: Calgary has just one fifth year player in Outside hitter Amber Adolf who will have her last chance at a playoff run but they are led by three fourth year players in: Laura McManes, Jaylynn Moffatt and Brianna Soldberg those three each rank in the top five on the team in kills. The three fourth years are responsible for 43% of the team’s kills along with 46% of the team’s aces. For their careers, they have 478, 566 and 275 kills respectively (in order of names above).

2016 CW regular season leaders – Calgary:

Kills (Conference rank):

  1. 340 (4th), .220 (14th) / Kate Pexman, OH;
  2. 202 (16th), .208 (18th) / Laura McManes, OH;

Hitting % (Conference rank) — played in 60% of team games and 4 total attacks per set:

  1. .277 (5th) / Jaylynn Moffatt, MB;
  2. .260 (7th) / Hannah Tanasichuk, OH;

Digs (Conference rank):

  1. 273 (8th) / Kennedy Snape, LB;
  2. 249 (10th) / Kate Pexman, OH;

Blocks (Conference rank):

  1. 109 (1st) / Jaylynn Moffatt, MB;
  2. 48 (27th) / Kate Pexman, OH;

Aces (Conference rank):

  1. 32 (13th) / Leah Shevenek, S;
  2. 28 (21st) / Kate Pexman, OH;

Assists (Conference rank):

  1. 659 (9th) / Leah Shevenek, S;
  2. 182 (17th) / Lexis Peart, S;

 

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