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This Week in UBC Okanagan Athletics (Jan 18-19)

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January 18-19

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No. 8 Women’s Volleyball – vs. Calgary Dinos, Friday, Jan 18 (6 p.m.) in the UBC Okanagan campus Gymnasium
Men’s Volleyball – vs. Calgary Dinos, Friday, Jan 18 (8 p.m.) in the UBC Okanagan campus Gymnasium
No. 8 Women’s Volleyball – vs. Calgary Dinos, Saturday, Jan 19 (5 p.m.) in the UBC Okanagan campus Gymnasium
Men’s Volleyball – vs. Calgary Dinos, Saturday, Jan 19 (7 p.m.) in the UBC Okanagan campus Gymnasium

Away Events

Women’s Basketball - vs. Saskatchewan Huskies, Friday, Jan 18 (4:15 p.m. PST) Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon, SK.
Men’s Basketball – vs. Saskatchewan Huskies, Friday, Jan 18 (6 p.m. PST) Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon, SK.
Women’s Basketball – vs. Alberta Pandas, Saturday, Jan 19 (5 p.m. PST) at the Saville Community Sports Centre, in Edmonton, AB.
Men’s Basketball – vs. Alberta Golden Bears, Saturday, Jan 19 (7 p.m. PST) at the Saville Community Sports Centre, in Edmonton, AB.

Live Broadcasts: All UBC Okanagan Heat Canada West conference games will be broadcast online at ubco.canadawest.tv, and will feature live stats as well as video.

 

Women’s Volleyball – The UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team were not bothered by the cold weather that you find in the middle of January in Regina as the Heat were able to start the second half of their season with two impressive wins over the Cougars this past weekend. Both the Saturday (25-16, 25-18, 15-25, 25-14) and Sunday (25-16, 15-25, 25-21, 25-19) matches were won by the Heat in convincing fashion, needing just four sets both days. With the pair of victories the Heat’s record climbs to 9-5, two games ahead of Manitoba and Calgary for fifth spot and the team moves up one spot, to eighth, in the national rankings.

Back at home for the second to last time in conference play, UBC Okanagan will host the 7-7 Calgary Dinos on Friday and Saturday nights. The Dinos are coming off a weekend split with the then No. 2 Alberta Pandas and boast an impressive 4-3 road record. Calgary’s record is .500 and has split three of their seven weekend matchups – Mount Royal, Brandon and Alberta. The Dinos have been swept twice (UBC and Manitoba) and have swept twice (Winnipeg and Saskatchewan) in their other conference games.

Friday the Heat host the Dinos at 6 p.m. and then the rematch will have first serve set for 5 p.m. Both nights will be played in the gymnasium on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Admission is free for UBC students with Student ID and for children under 12. Adults are $5 and just $3 for youth, seniors and visiting students.

Live webcasts of both Friday and Saturday’s matches will be on ubco.canadawest.tv


Men’s Volleyball – Poitras’ team had been shut out in the conference win column in the first semester of this season but 2013 has started off with a bang for the Heat men’s volleyball squad, as Riley McFarland earned Canada West Athlete of the Week for his über performance in leading the Heat to their first and second league wins.

McFarland, a fifth year outside hitter from South Surrey, B.C., connected for 56 kills in two days powering the UBC Okanagan Heat to a four-set win on Saturday (23-25, 25-10, 28-26, 25-23) and a five-set win on Sunday (25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 15-11). UBC Okanagan has moved into a tenth place tie in the league standings with their 2-10 record.

The Heat will look to continue building upon their two game win streak as the host two of the last four matches this year in Kelowna this weekend at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The Calgary Dinos are 2-12 and will be in town for a pair of games this Friday and Saturday nights.

The Dinos have lost their last eight contests dating back to Nov 11 when they bested the Wesmen in Calgary for their only home victory. Calgary does have a victory on the road this season but it comes with a bit of an asterisk as they took down fellow Calgary school, the Mount Royal Cougars, in five sets with the game being played just a few kilometres down the Crowchild Trail at Kenyon Court on the MRU campus. Other than the single losses to MRU and Winnipeg, Calgary’s losses have come at the hands of ranked opponents in the extremely strong Canada West conference – in men’s volleyball 7 of the top 10 schools are from the Canada West and an eighth team, TRU, has been in the top ten 7 for 10 weeks. Calgary’s losses to ranked schools: Manitoba, UBC, Brandon, Saskatchewan, Alberta.

The two Heat versus Dinos games are scheduled for Friday night at 8 p.m. and then UBC Okanagan will face off against their extinct opponent again on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Both games will be in the gymnasium on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Admission is free for UBC students with Student ID and for children under 12. Adults are $5 and just $3 for youth, seniors and visiting students.

Live webcasts of both Friday and Saturday’s matches will be on ubco.canadawest.tv


Women’s Basketball – For the fifth time this season Heather Semeniuk’s UBC Okanagan women’s basketball squad earned a split in their weekend games and have improved their Canada West record to 5-8 and 3-3 at home this season.

Friday night the Heat couldn’t find a way to score going down the stretch and the then No. 10 ranked Calgary Dinos were able to come back and topple UBC Okanagan 74-71. Saturday the Heat really turned up the defensive pressure, holding the Lethbridge Pronghorns to just 29.4% shooting, en route to a 66-58 victory.

This weekend will be perhaps the toughest road trip of the year, both from a travel and logistical standpoint, and from an opponent standpoint as the Heat will have a Friday night game in Saskatoon versus the Huskies, then Saturday the team will battle the Alberta Pandas in Edmonton.

The Heat are somewhat fortunate in playing Saskatchewan on their home court as the Huskies have only been able to capture a single win in five attempts in front of their Saskatoon faithful. The Huskies are 5-2 on the road for a 6-6 record overall. Saskatchewan has been successful against the Pacific division having gotten the better of Trinity, Mount Royal, UNBC, and UBC – the only Pacific schools to best U of S are No. 1 Fraser Valley and No. 9 Victoria.

Friday night the Heat will hit the court against the Huskies at 4:15 p.m. PST at the Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon, SK.

Saskatchewan ticket information

The Pandas are in third place in the Prairie division with a 7-5 record. Alberta was on a four game win streak before falling to the No. 1 team in the country, the Fraser Valley Cascades, last Saturday night in Abbotsford. The Pandas have lost to mostly ranked opponents this season with No. 5 UBC and No.9 Victoria doing the trick and at the formerly ranked and 10-2 Dinos getting them twice.

Saturday, in Edmonton, the Alberta Pandas will host UBC Okanagan with the tipoff set for 5 p.m. PST at the Saville Community Sports Centre, Edmonton, AB.

Alberta ticket information

Live webcasts of both Friday and Saturday’s matches will be on ubco.canadawest.tv


Men’s Basketball – The UBC Okanagan men’s basketball team suffered two losses this past weekend on their home court. In a defensive struggle both the Calgary Dinos and The Heat struggled to score for most of the 40 minutes, but in the end Calgary’s Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson was able to carry the Dinos to a 59-56 victory. Saturday the Pronghorns didn’t worry about struggling to score versus the Heat because Logan Reiter could not miss, scoring 29 points on 7-8 shooting from the three point line to deny the Heat their third victory of the season, and the Heat fell 81-74 to the visitors. The two losses sink UBC Okanagan’s record down to 2-11.

Friday’s matchup for the Heat will be the always tough Saskatchewan Huskies; Saskatchewan is third in their division with an 8-4 record in conference play and come off two hard fought wins in the Fraser Valley over Trinity and the then No. 4 Fraser Valley Cascades. A three point loss to UBC back in November is the only loss for Saskatchewan on their home court this season.  The team’s three road losses were to UNBC, Lethbridge and Regina.

Friday the Heat are in Saskatoon with a scheduled tipoff at 6 p.m. PST at the Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon, SK.

Saskatchewan ticket information

Alberta lost in the national championship game last March to Carleton and the No. 5 Golden Bears once again look like a team that could be in that game this season. The Edmonton juggernaut is 10-2 in conference play having only dropped road games to Trinity last Friday and to Calgary at the beginning of November. Their perfect home record is highlighted with a sweep of the top two Pacific team’s the T’Birds and the Vikes in the first semester.

Saturday the Heat will go Bear hunting in Edmonton when both Alberta and UBC Okanagan battle on the hardwood at 7 p.m. PST. at the Saville Community Sports Centre, in Edmonton, AB.

Alberta ticket information

Live webcasts of both Friday and Saturday’s matches will be on ubco.canadawest.tv

 

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