The UBC Okanagan men's volleyball team welcome the Winnipeg Wesmen for a pair of matches to close out October. On Friday first serve will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday the match on Halloween will get underway at 4 p.m.
Canada West conference matches
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||WPG|
|11.31 (11)||Kills/set||12.25 (9)|
|.225 (10)||Hitting Pct.||.269 (7)|
|.228||Opp Hitting Pct.||.345|
|10.88 (8)||Assists/set||10.31 (11)|
|1.25 (7)||Services Aces/set||1.25 (7)|
|9.44 (5)||Digs/set||7.81 (11)|
|2.06 (8)||Blocks/set||1.50 (11)|
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: T4
Last week: 1-1 // Fri L at SASK (3-2) // Sat L at SASK (3-0)
Streak: Lost 3
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 (This week) The Heat will be playing at home this weekend when they host the Winnipeg Wesmen. The first game will be played on Friday (Oct. 30) at 8 p.m. The second game will be played on Saturday (Oct. 31) with the game scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Last week: The UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball squad are coming home after a disappointing weekend that saw them get beaten in both their games (3-2, 3-0) in what was a closely fought encounter against the Saskatchewan Huskies (23rd and 24th October).
Key Players: Outside hitter Jim Bell has been in fine form so far this season, getting 43 kills at 2.69 kills per set as well as 25 digs at 1.56 digs per set.Third year outside hitter Lars Bornnerman has racked up a staggering 52 kills at 3.25 kills per set along with 24 digs at 1.50 digs per set.
Team strengths: UBC Okanagan stand fifth with a total of 174 assists in the conference so far. The side also stands fifth in blocks, getting 33 blocks in total so far this season.
Head to Head: The Wesmen have own the head to head by two wins (5-3) against UBC Okanagan. The Wesmen took both games last season in Winnipeg.
WINNIPEG WESMEN (0-4 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: T5
Last week: 0-2 // Fri L vs TWU (3-0) // Sat L vs TWU (3-0)
Streak: 4 losses
2014-15 record, conference: 13-11
2015 CW playoffs: 1-2
2015 CIS tournament: /
Last CW title: /
Last CIS title: 2006/2007 / 10
The Winnipeg Wesmen: The Wesmen couldn’t manage to get their first win of the season as they lost both their games away to Trinity Western last weekend. They now travel to play on the Heat’s home court in search for their first win of the season.
Current Form: The Wesmen go into this game with a 4 game losing streak having not won a single game this season, in week one they dropped both matches to the third ranked Calgary Dinos, last weekend they played Trinity who are ranked No. 5 in the CIS.
Key Players: Third outside hitter David Bommersback is having a brilliant season and has amassed 65 kills (Most in the country) at 4.06 kills per set. Third year Logan Brennan has gotten himself 35 digs at 2.19 a set. Middle blocker Brendan black has 54 kills at 3.38 kills per set along with 17 digs at 1.06 digs per set.
Team strengths: The Wesmen stand fourth in total kills, amassing a terrific 196 kills so far this season.
Number of new players: 5 // Key Recruits (Name (POS/Hometown/Last Team): Benoit Theriault, Middle, Wpg, MB, College Louis-Riel, Bryce Edwards, Libero, Wpg, MB, Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Mikael Clegg, Setter, St.Andrews, MB, Lord Selkirk Regional, Jacob Loewen, Outside, Steinbach, MB, Steinbach Regional, Matthew Page, Outside Wpg, MB, Westgate Mennonite
Number of departing players: 5 // Key Losses (Name (POS/number of years with team): Tom Douglas-Powell (Outside/5), Matthew Dueck (Middle/5), Riley Delavau (Outside/3), Michael Bommersbach (Setter/3)
Key performers: Veteran leadership and skill will not be a problem for the team in 2015-2016. Fifth year players Josh McKay, Brendan Black and fourth year hitter Casey Schouten are expected to carry a majority of the load for the team this year. Third year outside David Bommersbach stepped into a starting role last year and will be looked upon to be even better this year.
Coach Quote: "We will definitely look to improve and be better than last year and be as good as a team as we can be in the always competitive Canada West Conference. We did lose a couple of fifth year players in Tom Douglas-Powell and Matthew Dueck who are both irreplaceable but we have some impact players on the team who are capable of stepping up and performing” – Winnipeg Wesmen head coach Larry McKay.
Key storyline: The veteran group of Josh McKay, Brendan Black, Casey Schouten and David Bommersbach will need to be consistent and injury free for the Wesmen to have success in 2015-2016. The team finished in 6th place in the always tough Canada West Conference last season and head coach Larry McKay, entering his 27th year on the bench will look to improve on that this coming season. Winnipeg had success in the pre-season, finishing in first place at the Brandon University Invitational.