Canada West Quarter-finals: best two of three matches
Away Events (All times in PST)
Thu Feb 13 (Game 1): Women’s Heat Volleyball – at the No. 2 Brandon Bobcats (5 p.m.) [VIDEO]
Fri Feb 14 (Game 2): Women’s Heat Volleyball – at the No. 2 Brandon Bobcats (5 p.m.) [VIDEO]
Sat Feb 15 (Game 3)*: Women’s Heat Volleyball – at the No. 2 Brandon Bobcats (5 p.m.) [VIDEO]
All games to be played at Healthy Living Centre, Brandon MB
BROADCAST: will be streamed live on canadawest.tv
TICKETS: Tickets are on sale now at the Customer Service desk of the Healthy Living Centre.
Women’s Volleyball (Canada West Quarter-finals) – Finishing the 2013-2014 season with a record of 12-10, the Heat will return to the post-season for the second straight year, and will face the 17-5 Brandon Bobcats in the first-round of the Canada West playoffs.
The Heat were unable to regain control of the fifth seed in the final weekend of play, losing back-to-back games to the Regina Cougars 3-1 (27-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23) and 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-27, 15-9). Although the Heat finish the regular season tied with Regina at 12-10, Regina owns the sets won/sets lost tiebreaker over UBC Okanagan, hence why the Heat now sit seventh in the conference.
As for Brandon, the Bobcats earned two victories over Calgary in their final weekend of the regular season, 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-15) and 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 30-28), to finish second in the Canada West standings behind UBC.
The Heat and Bobcats met quite a few weekends ago, November 8th and 9th to be exact, with Brandon earning two victories 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22) and 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-22). Kaitlynn Given (2nd year, Kelowna, BC) had 21 kills and 18 digs in that series, while Katy Klomps (3rd year, Surrey, BC) had 13 kills, 7 digs, and 5.5 blocks. Brandon’s depth was proved just too strong for the Heat, as four Bobcats had over 18 kills in the series. The Heat will need to find a way to silence Shanlee McLennan and Victoria Dakin if UBC Okanagan hopes to pull off the upset victory – both players combined for 47 kills and 36 digs in their November meeting with the Heat.
The first-round of the 2013-2014 Canada West playoffs will begin for the Heat at 5 p.m. PST this Thursday, February 13th from the Healthy Living Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. The second game of the series will follow on Friday from the HLC at 5 p.m. PST as well. If a third and deciding game is needed, it will come Saturday at 5 pm PST from the HLC.
The winner of the series will move on to the Canada West Final Four hosted by the UBC Thunderbirds at war Memorial Gymnasium next weekend, where the top three finishers of the tournament and the host Regina will earn a berth to the CIS championships. The 2014 CIS Women's Volleyball Championship will be held February 28th to March 2nd at the University of Regina in Regina, SK.