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|No. 5 UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||MANITOBA BISONS|
HEAT (4-4, 2-2 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: No. 4
CanWest Standings: 9th
Last week: 1-1; Fri L (3-2), Sat W (3-2); vs TWU
Streak: 1 Win
2013-14 CanWest Record: 12-10 (7th)
2014 CanWest Playoffs: 2-2 – 4th
2014 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
This Weekend: After playing back-to-back number one ranked team the UBC Okanagan Heat continue with their meat-grinder of a schedule by playing host to the defending national champion, the Manitoba Bisons.
This Friday night will be the game will start at 6 p.m. and then on Saturday the action will once again start at 6 p.m. Prior to the Saturday game Katy Klomps will be presented with the prestigious Ray Lepp scholarship that she was awarded earlier in the summer.
Last weekend: UBC Okanagan hosted the No. 1 Trinity Western Spartans and played two five set marathons winning on Saturday after losing on Friday. UBC Okanagan won the first two sets, lost the next five, and then won the last three.
Head to Head: UBC Okanagan holds a 4-2 all-time edge over the Bisons in conference play.
Manitoba so far: The Bisons fell twice in Calgary to the Dinos in the first weekend, losing both games in five sets. Last weekend in their home opener they dispatched the Regina Cougars in three sets and then in four sets on Saturday.
Heat Leaders vs. the Bisons: Katy Klomps: 48 kills .248, 26 blocks, 7 service aces (6 games); Megan Festival: 29 kills, 28 digs (4 games); Brianna Beamish: 15 kills .114, 3 blocks (6 games); Kaitlynn Given: 16 kills .103, 26 digs (4 games)
Bisons Leaders: #6 Rachel Cockrell: 93 kills .330%, 30 digs, 6.2 pts/set; #3 Jordana Milne: 32 kills .219%, 20 digs, 2.4 pts/set; #9 Britanny Habing: 149 assists, 4 service aces, 38 digs;
MANITOBA BISONS (10-4, 2-2 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 7th
Last week: 2-0; Fri W (3-0), Sat W (3-1); vs. Regina
Streak: 2 Wins
2013-14 conference record: 14-8
2014 CW playoffs: 2nd
2014 CIS tournament: 1st
Last CW title: 1971
Last CIS title: 2014
preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key additions: Kalena Schulz, Lexi Janovcik
Key returnees: Rachel Cockrell, Brittany Habing, Jordana Mine, Caleigh Dobie, Sarah Klassen
Key departures: Taylor Pischke, Crystal Mulder, Emily Erickson, Mariel Garcia
WINNIPEG – What do you do for an encore?
The Manitoba Bisons women’s volleyball team made a historic run through the 2014 CIS Women’s Volleyball Championship as they swept all three matches en route to the national championship. They were the first ever team to go a perfect 9-0 in sets at a CIS Championship in the rally point era, which begun in the 1999-00 season.
As they say in sports, winning a championship is difficult, defending it is even harder. The Bisons look to accomplish the feat (the Herd last went back-to-back CIS titles in 2000-01 and 2001-02 season) with an experienced core group but also have added new players that will find the court as several players did not return this season, including 2013-14 Canada West Second Team All-Star Taylor Pischke.
Co-captains and right side hitter Rachel Cockrell and setter Brittany Habing lead Manitoba this season. Both were instrumental in last season’s CIS championship as Cockrell, now in her fourth year, was named CIS championship MVP. Habing, also in her fourth year, was selected to the CIS championship All-Star team and the 2013-14 Canada West Second Team. In addition, fourth year middle blocker Jordana Milne, third year middle Sarah Klassen and third year libero Caleigh Dobie are all back as starters from last year’s winning squad.
Head coach Ken Bentley, in his 29th season at Manitoba, talked about the challenge for the veteran players to take on a bigger load with the change to the lineup and that more will be asked of the starters in 2014-15. Bentley will reach a career milestone as he is less than 10 overall wins from 1,000 in his CIS coaching career.
There are a couple of newcomers that should make an immediate impact in their rookie campaign. Left sides Kalena Schulz and Lexi Janovcik were both national all-star award winners, while part of the 18U national and provincial championship Cobras Volleyball Club in 2014.
Bentley feels the biggest challenge is to bring the first year players up to speed as quickly as possible during the ultra-competitive Canada West conference.
Manitoba will get the best matches from their opponents as the defending champs. Bentley believes the team is ready to play well and battle for a top conference playoff spot, get into the Final Four while the ultimate goal is to try and return to the CIS championship and have the opportunity to defend this season.