Canada West conference matches
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium
|UBCO||2014/15 TALE OF THE TAPE||REG|
|11.89 (4)||Kills/set||11.04 (9)|
|.210 (4)||Hitting Pct.||.138 (12)|
|.129||Opp Hitting Pct.||.179|
|11.03 (5)||Assists/set||10.36 (9)|
|1.96 (2)||Services Aces/set||1.40 (13)|
|13.99 (6)||Digs/set||13.05 (8)|
|2.60 (2)||Blocks/set||2.32 (5)|
CIS National Ranking: No. 1
CanWest Standings: N/A
Last week: N/A
2014-15 Record: (27-9, 19-5) (T1st)
2015 CanWest Playoffs: 2-2 - 4th
2015 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
KELOWNA, B.C – The UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team had a great 2014-15 campaign where they reached the final four but were unfortunate to not get a medal to themselves. The vertran and hungry Heat side will be beginning their 2015-16 campaign when they play their home openers against University of Regina this weekend. The two squads will first be playing on Friday (Oct 16) with the game set to begin at 6 p.m. The second game between the two teams will be played on the next day on Saturday with the game set to begin at 5 p.m. Both the games will take place at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
2014-15 Season – The Heat finished fourth in their previous season after finishing tied for first in the conference with 19 wins and 5 losses. They were beaten by UBC Thunderbirds for the third place (bronze medal match), after falling to the eventual national champion Trinity Western Spartans in five tough sets in the Canada West Final Four opening round. In the quarter-finals in Kelowna UBCO dispatched the defending national champion Manitobe Bisons in two straight matches.
Preseason – The women’s volleyball team have performed exceptionally well in the preseason having won all their 6 games so far (6-0). They will be looking to capitalize on their excellent form when they play their season openers this weekend. With their solid preseason UBC Okanagan open the year ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Head Coach – Steve Manuel (14th season)
Head to Head : (4 -4) - Neither team has won a home match against the other.
2014-15 in Regina – The Heat won both the games (3-0, 3-0) // 2013-14 in Kelowna– The Cougars won both the games (3-1, 3-2) // 2012-13 in Regina – The Heat won both the games (3-1, 3-1) // 2013-14 in Kelowna– The Cougars won both the games (3-2, 3-0).
Number of new players: 3 // Key Recruits: Katinka Krahn (5-11 OH/M, Oslo (NOR)-Wang Toppidrett), Tessa Neil (5-11 OH, Kelowna), Skye Thompson (5-9 OH, Calgary-Webber Academy)
Number of departing players: 1 // Key Losses: Myrte Schön (OH/4)
Key performers: A core group of fifth-year players that include middles that were both Canada West All-Stars last year in Katy Klomps (CW 1st Team All Star, CIS All Canadian) and Katie Wuttunee (CW 2nd Team All Star) will certainly be major threats.
Senior Brianna Beamish is joined by Kaitlynn Given and Megan Festival, the latter two both fourth-year players. These three outside hitters bring a great balance to the offence that is run by a fifth and fourth-year setter and a fifth-year libero that is quickly proving herself to be among the best in the league.
Coach Quote: “Expectations are high in the Heat team room. This is our first CIS graduating class with many fourth or fifth year starters in the lineup. They are battle hardened and ready to go to war again this year in the ever tough Canada West conference.” - UBC Okanagan Heat head coach Steve Manuel.
Key storyline: The storyline for this season will be how far this veteran team – but still a young group by CIS standards – can take their season. They have shown great promise for the past couple of seasons and now finally have a veteran squad, one that is quite deep in every position. This ability to play several very different lineups will certainly be an advantage throughout the grind of the Canada West Season.
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: N/A
Last week: N/A
2014-15 record, conference: (10-25, 7-17)
2015 CW playoffs: N/A
2015 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A
University of Regina : The Cougars begin their new campaign when they visit UBC Okanagan this weekend (16th and 17th October). The Cougars will be in the attempt to better their previous year’s performances when they visit UBC Okanagan this weekend.
2013-14 Season – The previous conference saw the Cougars finish with seven wins and 17 losses, out of the playoffs last season. They will be in the hunt to start their season off with wins under their belt.
Preseason – The preseason has seen the Cougars win 1 games and lose six games from the seven games they have played before the season begins. The team will be looking to improve on their performances in the preseason as well as their previous campaign when they play the Heat this weekend.
Head Coach- Melanie Sanford
Number of new players: 8 // Key Recruits: Shayna Godlien (OH/Cochrane, Alta./NAIT), Dominika Janowczyk (MB/Czluchów, Poland/Geraer Volleyballclub), Diana Lumbala (OH/Moose Jaw, Sask./Central Collegiate), Satomi Togawa (S/Uji, Japan/International University of Japan), Haley Wagar (RS/Macklin, Sask./Macklin School).
Number of departing players: 7 //Key Losses: Lindsay Braul (L/3); Leah Shevkenek (S/2); Michelle Sweeting (MB/5); Chelsea Ziolkowski (RS/5).
Key performer: Molly Wade-Cummings is in her fourth season of CIS eligibility and enters her third year as a starting middle for the Cougars. She not only led the team with a .220 hitting percentage in 2014-15, but also set a University of Regina single-season record with 95 total blocks over the duration of the Canada West schedule. With Michelle Sweeting now graduated, Wade-Cummings will be counted upon to anchor the Cougars at the net.
Coach Quote: “Our team is adjusting to having several new players on the court. With three returning starters and many new faces, our development will be a process but I expect positive things from this very talented group of athletes.” – Regina head coach Melanie Sanford.
Key storyline: Though the Cougars have three returning starters with Wade-Cummings, Tori Glynn, and Jenna Krahn all back, they’ll need to replace the contributions of the four departed starters from last year’s team. After seeing action in all 24 Canada West matches last year as a rookie, Taylor Ungar is in line to step in at libero for the U of R. At right side, Ashlee Sandiford played in just one match this year but looks to have solidified a starting role as she earned tournament all-star honours over the weekend at the McGill Invitational. And Sanford reached internationally for two players that should make an immediate impact, including setter Satomi Togawa (Japan) and middle Dominika Janowczyk (Poland). She’s also hopeful that Shayna Godlien can contribute, but the transfer from NAIT has missed a significant amount of time this season due to an injury.