Game Times (All times in PST)
FRIDAY (FEB 7): Heat Men’s Volleyball – vs. the Regina Cougars, Friday (8 p.m.)*
SATURDAY (FEB 8): Heat Men’s Volleyball – vs. the Regina Cougars, Saturday (7 p.m.)*
LOCATION: To be played at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
TICKETS: Heat ticket info
|UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||REGINA COUGARS|
HEAT (6-27, 4-16 Canada West) SCHEDULE & RESULTS | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: NR
CanWest Standings: 11th
Last week: 0-2 at Manitoba: Fri L, 3-0, Sat L, 3-1
Streak: 6 losses
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
UBC Okanagan’s Record vs. the Regina Cougars: 4-0
Last weekend: Without the services of Nate Speijer last weekend, the Heat offense did not skip a beat versus Manitoba, but a few unfortunate breaks would cost the Heat in both games in two losses 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-22) and 3-1 (25-13, 23-25, 26-24, 25-19). Regina was also on the wrong side of some unfortunate breaks in their series versus Thompson Rivers, but they would earn the split with a Friday night win 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23) and a Saturday night nail-biting loss (25-13, 22-25, 21-25, 29-27, 17-15).
Kill Crown Up for Grabs – One weekend remains for the Heat’s Nate Speijer to steal the kill crown away from current kill leader Brad Gunter of Thompson Rivers. Gunter currently leads Speijer by 15 kills, but Speijer could emerge victorious, as Nate is averaging 30 kills per weekend.
Betting on Bell – Jim Bell has been somewhat of a deciding factor in Heat wins and losses so far this season. In wins, Bell is averaging just over 11 points per game, while in losses, the second-year middle is averaging just 7.8 points.
Set on First All-Time – Sophomore setter Kristof Schlagintweit has had a tremendous season despite the Heat’s struggles. With 735 total assists so far this season, Schlagintweit will likely finish the season as Canada West’s third best setter in terms of total assists. Where does this rank all-time for Heat setters you ask? Kristof has already smashed Preston Tucker’s 2011 assist record of 705 by 30 assists, but will need to have an efficient weekend against Regina to eclipse Tucker’s assist per set record of 9.93. Schlagintweit is currently averaging 9.42 assists per set.
Heat Leaders vs. the Cougars: Nate Speijer: 39 Kills, 2 Service Aces, 13 Digs, 5 Block Assists (2 Games); Jeremy Fostvelt: 0 Kills, 0 Service Aces, 38 Digs, 0 Block Assists (4 Games); Joshua Harvey: 2 Kills, 0 Service Aces, 0 Digs, 1 Block Assist (2 Games)
Cougar Leaders vs. the Heat: Andrew Nelson: 64 Kills, 2 Service Aces, 32 Digs, 10 Block Assists (4 Games); Andre Borgeaud: 15 Kills, 1 Service Ace, 24 Digs, 6 Block Assists (4 Games); Nathan Chervaty: 13 Kills, 2 Service Aces, 24 Digs, 7 Block Assists (4 Games)
Thank you Davis Proch: The Kelowna native only spent two years at the Okanagan school and may be best known for his play on a Camosun Charger team that stopped an undefeated Heat team in the 2010 Provincial volleyball semi-final. Davis made his mark as the veteran brought in to help replace Preston Tucker and spell the then freshman setter Kristof Schlagintweit. Davis has done such a good job that he is third in the school in all-time assists and third in assists per set (this stat has only been kept officially since joining Canada West in 2011).
The end of the great Speijer era: Nate has done many things in a Heat uniform and some of his feats are likely to go unreplicated. The Penticton native finished his high school career as the high school AAA MVP and jumped right in to win the BCCAA Provincial rookie of the year and a provincial all-star. Nate has earned a conference all-star in every year that he has played and has twice been named the UBC Okanagan Heat male student athlete of the year. Other awards: Provincial Player of the Year (2009-10), All-Canadian (2009-10 & 2010-11) and National Tournament All-Star in 2010-11. His teams have won one national silver and a bronze medal, and one provincial gold medal in front of his home town fans in February of 2011.
Those awards will also go down with some eye-popping statistics (current to Feb 2, 2014 – BCCAA did not track all stats, therefore some statistics are skewed to one era or another).
Career wise: Nate will leave the school as the Heat’s career leader in kills with 1220, nearly 500 more than number two on the list Riley McFarland. Nate’s 4.01 kills per set is second highest in school history and tops for anyone playing over one season. Nate has attempted 1411 attacks, most in the school history. He is also tops in service aces with 123 and points with 1449.5 and points per set at 4.77.
Single Season: His 2014 season is tops in kills with 390 with two matches left to play. He is also No. 5 and No.6 on the single season kill list with 258 (2009) and 255 (2011). In kills per set Nate is Numbers 3 (4.72-2014), 4 (4.45-2009), 7 (3.98-2011). Nate is second in 6th and 9th in single season aces with 34-2010, 29-2008, 28-2009 respectively. He has also number 1, 4, 6, 9 in single season points scored with totals of points-years: 388-2014, 319-2009, 291.5-2011, 231-2010 respectively. His 5.50 points per set in 2009 is tops and Speijer is also listed at #4, #6, #8
SINGLE-MATCH HIGHS (NATE):
Kills: 31, Winnipeg, Nov 22, 2013 ; at Calgary, Nov 30, 2013*
Attacks: 68, Winnipeg, Nov 22, 2013
Attack pct: .448, at Calgary, Nov 30, 2013 (31-5-58)
Assists: 2, at Calgary, Nov 30, 2013
Serve aces: 2, 5 times
Digs: 11, Mount Royal, Nov 02, 2013 ; Mount Royal, Nov 03, 2013
Blocks: 6, Winnipeg, Nov 22, 2013
Block solo: 1, Mount Royal, Nov 02, 2013 ; Winnipeg, Nov 22, 2013
Block assist: 5, Winnipeg, Nov 22, 2013
Points: 34.5, Winnipeg, Nov 22, 2013** ; at Calgary, Nov 30, 2013***
*seventh best all-time in Canada West
**fifth best all-time in Canada West
***tenth best all-time in Canada West
REGINA COUGARS (5-26, 2-18 Canada West) SCHEDULE & RESULTS | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: NR
CanWest Standings: 12th
Last week: 1-1 vs. TRU: Fri W 3-1; Sat L 3-2
Streak: 1 loss
2012-13 conference record: 2-20 (11th, missed playoffs)
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A
preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key addition: Alex Cassels
Key returnees: Jacques Borgeaud, Caleb Eschbach, Andrew Nelson, Rhodri Simmonds
Key departures: none
REGINA – It's a rare situation for the Regina men's volleyball team this season as the Cougars return every player from last year's roster with the exception of a backup setter.
Leading the group of returning players is outside hitter Andrew Nelson, who piled up 249 kills and finished fifth in Canada West with an average of 3.77 kills per set last year while having the most attacks in a single season in school history. Nelson is expected to again be the primary option on the outside, the though both Andre Borgeaud and Matthew Lueck showed flashes of brilliance last season and will also be featured in the U of R's offence.
Setter Caleb Eschbach is one of five fifth-year players on the roster and while he'll control the Cougar offence for much of the time, seventh-year head coach Greg Barthel has been impressed with first-year player Alex Cassels (East St. Paul, Man. / Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive) and expects the rookie to see significant floor time in his first year on campus.
Rhodri Simmonds is back after ranking among the conference's leaders in blocks last season, and he'll be joined at middle by both Marco Vargas and Steve Carston. Vargas started 20 of the team's 22 matches last year and had 57 blocks, while Carston also started over a third of the team's conference schedule. And back at libero is third-year player Jacques Borgeaud, who missed a large portion of last season due to injury but still collected 107 digs while averaging a team-leading 2.49 digs per set.
The Cougars kick off the Canada West schedule this weekend with two matches at Brandon.