The Heat have some veteran players who are ready to lead this team back to the post season. That journey begins this Friday and Saturday when the Canada West season opens at UBC Okanagan. First serve Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.).
Canada West conference matches
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium
|UBCO||2014/15 TALE OF THE TAPE||REG|
|10.64 (11)||Kills/set||10.17 (12)|
|.195 (11)||Hitting Pct.||.115 (13)|
|.240||Opp Hitting Pct.||.306|
|9.92 (11)||Assists/set||9.82 (12)|
|0.97 (11)||Services Aces/set||0.87 (12)|
|9.02 (9)||Digs/set||9.91 (2)|
|2.34 (8)||Blocks/set||1.68 (13)|
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: N/A
Last week: N/A
2014-15 Record: (7-24, 6-18) (11th)
2015 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2015 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
KELOWNA, B.C – The 2015-16 Canada West season is going to begin for the UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball team this weekend. A regrouped and confident Heat squad will be playing their home opener against the University of Regina the two sides will first hit the court on Friday (Oct. 16) with the game set to begin at 8 p.m. The second game between the two will be played on Saturday an hour earlier at 7 p.m. Both the matches will take place on the Heat’s home court, the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
2014-15 Season – A slow start and a late win streak saw the Heat end their conference schedule last year with sin wins and 18 losses, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Their six wins came over a six week span, yet were all in a row last season as UBC Okanagan won the last four before the semester break and the first two in January.
Preseason – The men’s volleyball team has won six games and lost three games in their preseason. Last weekend in Kamloops the Heat took three of four and included a win over Trinity Western, a consistent national contender over the past decade.
Head Coach – Greg Poitras (11th season)
Head to Head: Heat 6 -2 Cougars
2014-15 – The Heat won both the games (3-1, 3-2) // 2013-14 – The Cougars won both the games (3-2, 3-1) // 2012-13 – The Heat won both the games (3-1, 3-2) // 2011-12 – The Heat won both the games (3-2, 3-1).
Number of new players: 4 // Key Recruits: Devon Cote (6-1 OH, Kelowna), Eli Risso (6-1 LB/S, Kelowna)
Number of departing players: 4 // Key performers: Jim Bell (4/OH) with national team training this summer he brings a high level of fire power to our offence. Lars Bornemann (3/OH) will once again be his partner in swing and will also carry a good portion of offensive load at the wing for us. Josh Harvey (4/M) has been one of our programs most improved players in the middle and is also a threat on offense.
Coach Quote: “Our level of play has increased from last year. Certainly our scoring ability has improved significantly. With the core of our team being in their 3rd and 4th year we have matured enough as a squad to grind out matches versus Canada’s best in the Canada West. Incoming freshman have already helped in bring the level up for our team in training.” - UBC Okanagan Heat head coach Greg Poitras.
Key storyline: This team has matured together on the floor and this group has played together for a number of years, with the ability of this team to maintain a high level over a longer period of time will defining the season. The Heat were in a lot of close sets last year, but the more experienced teams were able to push past UBCO late in sets. Now that experience is no longer an issue for the Heat, maintaining that level of compete will be key for this team. The depth of UBCO will be a key factor.
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: N/A
Last week: N/A
2014-15 record, conference: (3-29, 2-22)
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 Canada West season campaign when they visit after finishing behind UBC Okanagan in the standings in 2014-15 that saw the Cougars finish with two wins and 22 losses and out of the play-offs, this team will hungry for wins this season.
Preseason – The preseason has seen the Cougars win three games and lose six games from the nine games they have played before the season begins. The three wins under their belt will bolster their confidence when they play UBC Okanagan in their season opener this weekend.
Head Coach- Greg Barthel (9th season)
Number of new players: 5 // Key Recruits: Bronson Busch (MB/Calgary, Alta./Lethbridge College); Joshua Nickel (RS/Edmonton, Alta./Briercrest College).
Number of departing players: 3 // Key Losses: Steve Carston (RS/3).
Key performer: Coming off a summer with Australia’s senior national team, fifth-year libero Jacques Borgeaud will finish his CIS career this year. Already the holder of the University of Regina’s career digs record, he’s also got the school’s single-season and single-match digs record. Borgeaud comes into the season with 712 career digs – he’d need a herculean season to catch former UBC libero Blair Bann as Canada West’s all-time leader, but should finish either second or third on the conference’s all-time list as he battles with UBC Okanagan’s Jeremy Fostvelt.
Coach Quote: “We’ve got a quality group of motivated fifth-year guys that are hoping to finish their careers on a high. We’ve had good development so far, and we’ve added some size with a couple of new players that are expected to be key contributors for us.” – Regina head coach Greg Barthel
Key storyline: With all key players from last season returning with the exception of Steve Carston, the Cougars have done some retooling with the addition of a pair of players expected to help out immediately. Both Bronson Busch (Lethbridge College) and Joshua Nickel (Briercrest College) should step right into the starting lineup at middle and right side, respectively. Brad Millers will join Busch as the other starting middle, with Andre Borgeaud and Matthew Lueck as the starters at left side. At setter, Barthel plans to employ the same two-man system as last year – and he calls Michael Corrigan and Dalton Wolfe “a year older, a year smarter, and a year better” as both players prepare for their second season of CIS competition.
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.