Heat Men's Volleyball Game Times
Friday, October 31st, 2014
8 PM | #5 UBC Thunderbirds vs. UBC Okanagan Heat | VIDEO
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
7 PM | #5 UBC Thunderbirds vs. UBC Okanagan Heat | VIDEO
LOCATION: *To be played at War Memorial Gymnasium, UBC, Vancouver, BC
TICKETS: Thunderbirds ticket info
|UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||No. 5 UBC THUNDERBIRDS|
UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (0-10, 0-6 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: t10th
Last week: 0-2; Fri L (3-0), Sat L (3-1); vs Manitoba
Streak: 6 Losses
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
This weekend: UBC Okanagan Heat will kick off their fourth week of conference play in a head to head against sister-school rivals as they Okanagan squad will look to do the Monster Mash and knock off the host UBC Thunderbirds on Halloween. Game times at War Memorial are Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. (Oct 31 - Nov 1).
Head to Head: UBC Okanagan Heat versus UBC Thunderbirds series record: 3-3 The Heat have always played the T-Birds tough but have yet to win at War Memorial, going 0-2 in Vancouver and 3-1 at UBC Okanagan.
Have their number: UBC Okanagan has a non-losing record against just three schools in Canada West and the Thunderbirds are one of them. Regina (4-2) and Winnipeg (3-3) are the other schools.
UBC Thunderbirds last weekend: Defeated Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack both matches played in the Tournament Capital Centre. Both nights went the distance with the visiting Thunderbirds taking the win in the fifth set each night to improve to 5-1
Definitely offensive: Ranked 1st place in Canada West with 334 total kills the Thunderbirds are led by 2013-14, CIS First Team All-Canadian Ben Chow who sits fourth in the conference with 80 kills.
Thunderbirds team leaders: #2 Ben Chow: 80 kills, .270, 59 digs; #8 Mac McNicol: 75 kills, .304, 35 digs; #13 Chris Howe: 38 Kills, .484, 35 Blocks, bps 1.40
Heat team leaders: #4 Jim Bell: 74 kills, 3.70 kills/s earning him top five ranking in the conference, .296, 14 blocks; #1 Jeremy Fostvelt: 3rd over in the conference for total digs with 59 digs #5 Lars Bornemann: 41 kills, 0.081, 43.5 points; #9 Kristof Schlagintweit: 25 digs, .455, 156 assists
CIS National Ranking: No. 5
Last week: 2-0; Fri W (3-2), Sat W (3-2); at TRU
Streak: 3 Wins
2013-14 conference record: 15-7
2014 CW playoffs: Lost in quarterfinals
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: 1984
Last CIS title: 1983
preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key additions: Byron Keturakis, Jacob Smith
Key returnees: Jarrid Ireland, Milan Nikic, Alex Russell, Ian Perry, Chris Howe, Ben Chow, Quentin Schmidt
Key departures: Parker Jobin, Austin Hinchey, Gabriel Aaron, Noah Derksen
VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds have a deep and balanced lineup of players ready to challenge for the CIS championship in 2014-15.
The T-BIrds finished 15-7 for the second consecutive year last season. That was good enough for second place in the Canada West regular season standings but the team lost two heartbreaking five-set matches to defending league champions Brandon in the quarterfinals.
UBC led the conference in assists and kills; the team was also second in digs and hitting percentage.
All but three players from last year's squad are back, including every starter. In addition to that, star outside hitter Jarrid Ireland, who saw limited playing time last year because of injury, is healthy for the current season.
Other outside hitters include First Team All-Canadian Ben Chow, who was sixth in the league in kills (3.74) and points per set (4.23), and Quentin Schmidt, second on the team in kills last year and one of three players entering their fifth and final season of eligibility.
Talented youngsters Mac McNicol, Irvan Brar, Mat Guidi and Will Dichuk are joined by rookie recruits Jacob Smith and Nick Hughes. Smith was rated the fifth-best graduating high school player in B.C. last season. Jack Newman is another addition to UBC at outside hitter. He previously played at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, B.C.
Down the middle, UBC is again solid with Alex Russell and Chris Howe, who were second and 10th in hitting percentage in the Canada West, respectively. Joel Regehr was named to Canada's Junior National Team this past summer. Connor MacCuspie joined the team as a new recruit.
Ian Perry is the team's libero while Second Team All-Canadian Milan Nikic will handle the setting duties. Nikic will also serve as mentor to new recruit Byron Keturakis, a 6-foot-7 player who was named the best setter among B.C.'s 2014 class of graduating high school players.