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Heat go for third win versus Calgary this weekend

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Calgary will challenge the Heat in Kelowna. First serve Fri at 8pm & Sat at 7pm.

UBC Okanagan (4-20/2-12 CanWest) vs. the Calgary Dinos (2-15/2-12 CanWest)–8 p.m.
Fri Jan. 18 – in the UBC Okanagan campus Gymnasium in Kelowna, BC

UBC Okanagan vs. the Calgary Dinos – 7 p.m.
Sat Jan. 19 – in the UBC Okanagan campus Gymnasium in Kelowna, BC 

This Week:  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 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.

Tickets: 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.

MEDIA: Games will be webcast live at:

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HEAT (2-12)                        SCHEDULE & RESULTS / ROSTER / STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A 
CanWest Standings: 10th - tied 
Last week: 2-0: Sat win over UR (3-1); Sun win over UR (3-2)
Streak: 2 wins

2011-12 CanWest Record: 8-12 (7th)
2012 CanWest Playoffs: 0-2
2012 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A


Last Week:  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 onSunday (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.

This week’s foe: 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, seven of the top 10 schools are from the Canada West and an eighth team, TRU, has been in the top ten 7 of 10 weeks. Calgary’s losses to ranked schools: Manitoba, UBC, Brandon, Saskatchewan, Alberta.

Looking ahead: The upcoming weekend will be the second meeting in the second year of what will surely become a heated rivalry between sister schools when the Heat play their sister school, the UBC Thunderbirds. Last year the inaugural UBC versus UBC tilt was held in Kelowna at UBC’s Okanagan campus, this year the two game set will take place at venerable War Memorial Gymnasium in Vancouver. Friday the game will be at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Head-to-head: Last season in conference play the Heat dropped both games in Calgary, only taking a single set off the Dinos. From 2008-09 to 2010-11 the two teams met in exhibition play one time per year with Calgary winning every time.

Tale of the Tape:

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Calgary Carnivores: Fourth year left side Greg Mann is the Dinos leading scorer with 3.7 points per set, averaging 3.26 kills per set and kills at a .146 attack rate. Connor Frehlich is a second year outside hitter and is second on the team averaging 2.63 kills per set.

Height in the middle: Calgary boasts some serious size in the middle as juniors Ivan Kartev stands 7’1” and Jovan Jankovic is 6’10” – the tallest player on the Heat roster is freshman Alex Swiatlowski who is listed at 6’7”.

Heat in the middle: The fifth year middle for the Heat Bret Uniat stands only 6’4” and will have his work cut out for him against the Calgary giants, but he is eighth in Canada West in blocks at 1.23 b/s.

Errors: Both UBC Okanagan and the Calgary Dinos have both struggled this season playing without making mistakes. Calgary at the Service line has made 163 errors, 8th most in the country. UBC Okanagan is a shade worse with 169 errors – 5th in the nation. The Heat have made 70 reception errors most in the CIS, Calgary is a bit better with 48 errors – 16th overall. The teams are close to even in attack errors UBC Okanagan with 304 (6th) and Calgary with 310 (5th). It’s safe to say that the team that can limit mistakes will have a strong chance to take one or both of the matches.

Oh my! McFarland: 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 and a five-set win on Sunday.

Saturday McFarland ended up with career high 26 kills, seven blocks, and five digs and hit .352 on the afternoon. On Sunday, the fifth year outside hitter once again strapped on the cape and put down a new career high with 30 kills in the Heat’s second straight victory.

With Sunday’s performance Riley McFarland become the first Canada West player to collect 30 kills in a single match since Thompson Rivers’ Kevin Tillie tallied 36 back on Nov. 13, 2010. McFarland also had 16 digs to go along with his 30 kills and hit .348 in the win. The 30 kills set a new career high for Riley, breaking his career high of 26 the day before – previously he put down 25 last November in a Heat win over the Thunderbirds. His highest in the BCCAA was 17.


CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 10th – tied
Last week: 0-2: Fri loss to UA (3-2); Sat loss to UA (3-0)
Streak: 8 losses
2011-12 CanWest Record: 11-9 (4th)
2012 CanWest Playoffs: 2-3
2012 CIS Tournament: 2-1 (5th)
Last CanWest Title: 2011
Last CIS Title: 2010

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Key additions: Jackson Maris, Sean Tuff, Sean Martin

Key returnees: Greg Mann, Ivan Kartev, Will Young

Key departures: Graham Vigrass, Jay Blankenau, Allen Meek, Chris Hoag

CALGARY – It’s a whole new lineup for the Calgary Dinos as Canada West play gets underway in 2012-13.

With significant turnover at most positions, the youth movement has begun for seventh-year head coach Rod Durrant as he builds toward the future, including the 2014 CIS championship tournament that the University of Calgary will host. Departed are former CIS MVP Graham Vigrass, national teamers Jay Blankenau and Chris Hoag, and six other players from last season’s roster, but Durrant is pleased with his group’s work ethic and eagerness to learn – despite their youth.

Down the middle, the Dinos return seven-footer Ivan Kartev along with Jovan Jankovic, with Greg Mann, Connor Frehlich, and Will Young kitting on the outside. Redshirt sophomore Cory Meeuwisse takes over at libero.

An interesting battle is shaping up at the setter’s spot to replace Blankenau – last year’s backup, Travis Banks, joins Red Deer College transfer Jackson Maris along with 6-foot-6 freshman Alex Cook in a competition for playing time at that position. Cook and Maris are among 12 newcomers on the Calgary roster for the 2012-13 season.

The Dinos open the regular season with a home-and-home series against Mount Royal, beginning Friday night at home. It’s the first-ever conference meeting between the two schools, and it will kick off the Crowchild Classic crosstown rivalry.


-          With notes from Lindsey Franco (Calgary Sports Information)

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