Game Times (All times in PST)
FRIDAY (NOV 8): Heat Men’s Volleyball – at the Brandon Bobcats (5:45 p.m.)*
SATURDAY (NOV 9): Heat Men’s Volleyball – at the Brandon Bobcats (4:45 p.m.)*
LOCATION: * at the Healthy Living Centre, Brandon University, Brandon, MB.
TICKETS: Bobcat Tickets
Canada West Media Notes: MVB_2013-14_Week03
|UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||BRANDON BOBCATS|
HEAT (3-10, 1-3 Canada West) SCHEDULE & RESULTS | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: NR
CanWest Standings: T4th
Last week: 1-1: Sat L (2-3) vs. Mount Royal; Sun W (3-0) vs. Mount Royal
Streak: 1 win
2012-13 CanWest Record: 2-20 (12th)
2013 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2013 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
BOBCATS (11-3, 2-2 Canada West) SCHEDULE & RESULTS | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: No. 4
CanWest Standings: T3rd
Last week: 0-2: Fri L (0-3) at Alberta; Sat L (1-3) at Alberta
Streak: 2 losses
2012-13 CanWest Record: 13-9 (6th)
2013 CanWest Playoffs: 4-0 (CW champions)
2013 CIS Tournament: 2-1 (bronze)
Last CanWest Title: 2013
Last CIS Title: N/A
Nate the Great – Nate Speijer leads the CIS in kills per set (5.87) and points per set (6.3), and is currently third in the CIS with 88 total kills. He was recently awarded the Canada West 2nd Star of the Week for his 45 kill effort over eight sets versus the Mount Royal Cougars.
Setting things up – Heat setter Kristof Schlagintweit has done a fantastic job in spread the ball around effectively, and currently sits 2nd in the CIS with 10.93 assists per set and 8th with 164 total assists.
Born(emann) to Run – Rookie Lars Bornemann has played in all 15 of the Heat’s sets so far this season, and has played like anything but a rookie in each of the Heat’s four games so far. Yes, he has shown signs of adjusting to a much faster type of volleyball in Canada West, but the rookie had held his own. He has 22 kills to his name so far in his young, and very promising career at UBC Okanagan.
Head-to-Head versus Brandon: 0-4
Heat Leaders versus the Bobcats (Returning) - Nate Speijer: 34 kills
Bobcat Leaders versus the Heat (Returning) - Dan Boutwell: 36 kills, Roy Ching: 30 kills, Sam Tuivai: 26 kills
- Cougars preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key additions: Frank Jones, Sebastien Steigmeier, Joel Makara, Liam Matheson, Ty Moorman, Mack Mravnik
Key returnees: Dan Boutwell, Roy Ching, Jeremy Davies, Brendan White, Sam Tuivai, DJ McCharles, David Stasica
Key departures: Craig Lowe, Scott Neufeld, Garrett Popplestone
BRANDON, MB – Opening the season ranked one-spot higher in the CIS national rankings from last year, the #5 ranked 2013-14 Brandon Bobcats will be looking to roll last season's success into this year. The Bobcats captured the team's first ever Canada West league title, to go along with a CIS bronze medal, and although the 'Cats lose a few key pieces that led to last season's success, they return and add some formidable components.
The Bobcats lose two fifth-year starters in setter Garrett Popplestone and libero Scott Neufeld, but the return of 2012-13 second-team All-Canadian Sam Tuivai bolsters the 'Cats attack. Tuivai led the country in kills most of last season, finishing with 339 (an awesome 4.35 per set, considering the strength of the Canada West conference).
The addition of Frank Jones and Sebastien Steigmeier will provide experience in their first seasons with Brandon. Both players are far from new to the game, as both red-shirted with Brandon last year. Jones transferred from the Southen Alberta Institute of Technology, and Steigmeier from Cal Baptist University. Jones played three years in the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC), while Steigmeier played one season with the Cal Baptist Lancers and two seasons of pro before transferring to BU. Steigmeier recently led Switzerland's FISU games team where he was one of the top performers at the summer games in Kazan, Russia.
On the defensive side, fifth-year middle Dan Boutwell and fourth-year outside Brendan White will be expected to put up the brick wall and notch many blocks. Both finished in the 10 in the country last year in total blocks, and have already teamed up for many in the pre-season.
Although he only saw regular playing action once the playoffs rolled around, last year's rookie sensation Jeremy Davies impressed in the post-season, then rolled that into an opportunity he'd worked towards for years. The Calgary product cracked Canada's U21 national indoor roster this past summer as starting libero, where he continued to impress in international competition. Entering his sophomore season (his first as a starter) Davies is expected to shoulder a lot of the Bobcats passing.
The Bobcats will raise the Canada West league championship banner at the 2013-14 Canada West regular season home opener when they welcome the Regina Cougars.