Game Times (All times in PDT)
FRIDAY (OCT 10): Heat Men’s Volleyball at the Alberta Golden Bears, Friday (5 p.m.)*
SATURDAY (OCT 11): Heat Men’s Volleyball at the Alberta Golden Bears, Saturday (5:30 p.m.)*
*LOCATION: To be played at Saville Sports Centre, Edmonton, AB
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|CW PRESEASON No. 11 UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||CW PRESEASON No. 1 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS|
HEAT (0-4, 0-0 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: N/A Last week: N/A
2013-14 CanWest Record: 4-18 (11th)
2014 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
UBC Okanagan Heat vs. the Alberta Golden Bears Record: 0-6 in conference play, as UBC Okanagan has yo best the perennial powerhouse squad from Edmonton. Last season in Kelowna Alberta was victorious in three and four sets.
UBC Okanagan Preseason: In four official matches the Heat went winless, dropping two last weekend to Trinity Western in Langley and one game taking place at the Richmond Oval. Two weeks ago in Kelowna the Heat played two strong five set matches versus Thompson Rivers and UBC - both nights the fifth set was decided by just two points.
Alberta Preseason: The Alberta Golden Bears have played 11 exhibition matches this fall, and captured nine of them, besting Calgary, Montreal, Mount Royal most recently. One of the Bears two losses came at the hands of a CCAA team, the NAIT Ooks, their other loss was to an alumni team.
Golden Bears' last year: Champions, the Bears went 15-7 in conference play and them rolled through the Canada West championships and the CIS national championship losing just one set in the post season for their first title since 2009.
UBC Okanagan in 2013-14: The highlight of the UBC Okanagan season in 2013-14 was hosting the No.3 UBC Thunderbirds for a double header in January and sending the T-Birds home winless. The Heat bested their sister school in straight sets on the Friday night and then in five on the Saturday to prove it was no fluke. Unfortunately the magic ended the next weekend when they faced the No. 1 Spartans after losing both of those the Heat never recovered and finished the season winless following their matches with UBC to finish 4-17.
Road Woes: In 2013-14 UBC Okanagan was unable to scratch out a win away from their home court, going 0-11. The Alberta squad did not enjoy a home court advantage in 2013, four of their seven conference losses took place at the Saville Centre.
Heat Leaders from 2013: UBC Okanagan lost a ton of offense with the graduation of Nate Speijer and his 371 kills. Second on the team in kills in 2013 was freshman Lars Bornemann with 148 (1.72/set .126); Alex Swiatolowski was second in points last year with 2.19/set; Jim Bell led the squad with 80 blocks; Libero Jeremy Fostvelt averaged 2.38 digs/set; Chris Wilson had an impressive 11 service aces in limited duty (.34/set) and Kristof Schlagintweit averaged 9.42 assists/set.
Alberta Leaders in 2013: Alberta returns their offensive dynamo as Ryley Barnes and his 307 kills and 4.12 points per set return to the national championship squad; Barnes was far and away the most effective from the service line for the Bears recording 27 service aces (0.31/set); John Goranson will be back for Alberta as will his 219 kills (2.13, 0.454) and 109 blocks; Another offense force back in the fold is Jay Olmstead who averaged 3.11 kills per set (.295);
ALBERTA Golden Bears (9-2, 0-0 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: N/A Last week: N/A
2013-14 conference record: 15-7
2014 CW playoffs: 1st
2014 CIS tournament: 1st
Last CW title: 2014
Last CIS title: 2014
preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key additions: Chris Jones, Alex McMullin, Chris Towe
Key returnees: Brett Walsh, Ryley Barnes, John Goranson, Ryan Nickifor, Taylor Arnett, Chris Morrow, Kevin Proudfoot, Reed May
Key departures: Jay Olmstead, Jarron Mueller, Matt McCreary
EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Golden Bears volleyball team heads into the 2014-15 season as the defending Canada West and CIS champions. Head Coach Terry Danyluk, now in his 22nd year as the bench boss at Alberta, has some key returning starters from last year's championship squads, but also some important holes to fill.
Last season Alberta compiled a 15-7 record at the conclusion of the conference season, which left them tied with UBC for second place, but ultimately in third place, due to the T-Birds holding the tiebreaker. Once the playoffs began, however, the Bears were nearly unstoppable. The Evergreen and Gold first swept the Calgary Dinos, in straight sets, at home in Edmonton in a quarterfinal series, and then defeated Thompson Rivers and first place Trinity Western, also both in straight sets, to capture the Canada West crown. At the national championship tournament, Alberta defeated Montreal (3-0), Laval (3-1) and Western (3-0) to win the program's seventh Tantramar Trophy, and first since 2009. The Golden Bears lost just one set in the playoffs last year, and placed two players on the CIS tournament all-star team, Ryley Barnes and Brett Walsh, while Barnes was named the championship tournament MVP.
Gone from that team is Jay Olmstead, the MVP of the CIS gold medal match, former starting setter Jarron Mueller, all-star middle Matt McCreary and left-side Tucker Leinweber. Mueller and Olmstead are both now training with Canada's national team, along with former Bears Tristan Aubry, Dallas Soonias and Mike DeRocco.
Danyluk, however, still has a number of returning players including Barnes, Walsh, left-side Ryan Nickifor, middle John Goranson, libero Reed May, right-side Kevin Proudfoot and middles Taylor Arnett and Chris Morrow.
Joining the Bears for the title defence are left-side Chris Jones, a fourth-year transfer from Red Deer College, left-side Alex McMullin, a rookie from Brisbane, Australia, left-side Chris Towe, who hails from Caledon, Ontario, as well as Brandon Sutherland, setter Ian Cooper, Aidan Saladana and local products Michael Goertz, George Hobern, Cole Buckart, and Clark Spencer.
The Golden Bears open the regular season at home, and will raise their seventh CIS championship banner, over the October 10-11 weekend when they host the UBCO Heat at the Saville Community Sports Centre.