Back home this weekend the top ranked UBC Okanagan women's volleyball team hope to continue their solid play with a pair of matches against the Wesmen. The games in the UBC Okanagan gym will start at 6 p.m. Friday and the Saturday start is set for 2 p.m.
Canada West conference matches
@ UBC Okanagan gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||WPG|
|11.31 (8)||Kills/set||12.29 (4)|
|.251 (3)||Hitting Pct.||.153 (8)|
|.050||Opp Hitting Pct.||.239|
|10.15 (11)||Assists/set||10.57 (6)|
|3.00 (2)||Services Aces/set||1.79 (10)|
|11.69 (8)||Digs/set||10.64 (12)|
|2.92 (1)||Blocks/set||1.61 (12)|
CIS National Ranking: No. 1
CanWest Standings: T1
Last week: 2-0 // Fri W at SASK (3-1) // Sat W at SASK (3-0)
Streak: 4 wins
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 continued its excellent form in the new season, winning both their games (3-0, 3-1) when they travelled to play the Saskatchewan Huskies the past weekend (October 23- 24). 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) with the game scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The second game will be played on Saturday, October 31st, with the game scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Current Form : The Heat have been enjoying an outstanding season so far having been unbeaten in the pre-season as well as winning all their conference games. They now extend their season streak to 10-0. They remain ranked first in Canada and will be looking to continue and build on their momentum.
Key Players : Outside hitter Megan Festival has enjoyed a brilliant season recording 33 kills at 2.54 kills per set matched with 33 digs going at 2.54 digs per set. Another forth year outside hitter, Kaitlynn Given, has already recorded 30 kills going at 2.31 k/set along with 20 digs going at 1.54 digs per set. These two seniors will need to keep up their excellent form for the Heat if they want to continue their unbeaten streak.
Team Stat: UBC Okanagan have the highest number of total blocks in the conference so far, topping the charts with 38 blocks, in just 13 sets, good for 2.92 b/set also tops in CanadaWest.
Overall Head to Head : The Heat lead the Wesmen 7-1 all time, UBCO won both the matches last season in Winnipeg. They are 3-1 in Kelowna and 4-0 in Winnipeg versus the Wesmen.
WINNIPEG WESMEN (/-/, 0-4 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: T5th
Last week: 2-0 // Fri L at TWU (3-0) // Sat L at TWU (3-1)
Streak: Lost 4
2014-15 record, conference: 8-16
2015 CW playoffs: N/A
2015 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: 1983/7
Last CIS title: 3/1980-81
The Winnipeg Wesmen – The Wesmen will be travelling to play the Heat after being beaten in both the games at third ranked Trinity Western the past weekend (3-0, 3-1). The Wesmen will play UBC Okanagan on the Heat’s home turf and will be in the attempt to get their first win of the season.
Current Form – The Wesmen haven’t managed to get a win under their belt this season, going into this game with a 4 game losing streak. The side from Winnipeg will be in the attempt to earn a point this upcoming weekend.
Key Players : Senior player Tia Boroski is in fine form having gotten 30 kills at 2.14 kills per set along with 29 digs at 2.07 digs per set. Her form is crucial for the Wesmen as they look to kick start their campaign this weekend. Another senior player ,Ozana Nikolic, has undoubtedly been the standout player for the Wesmen. She has amassed a staggering 59 kills going at 4.21 digs per set along with 27 digs at 1.93 digs per set. Her contribution will be important for the Wesmen against the unbeaten Heat.
Team Stat – The Wesmen have recorded the fourth highest number of assists in the conference (172). They are tied with Thompson Rivers in that department.
Number of new players: 5 // Key Recruits: Rylie Dickson (Setter/Killarney, MB, Killarney Collegiate), Jana Klassesn (Libero/Calgary, AB, Jr. Dinos), Kaelee Loewen (Middle/Stonewall, MB, Stonewall Collegiate), Jessica Jabs (Left Side, Steinbach, MB, Steinbach Regional Secondary), Madison Fyvie (Libero, Winnipeg, MB, John Taylor Collegiate)
Number of departing players: 3 // Key Losses: Elina Domnidou (Right Side/4), Hailey Buhler (Right Side/3), Stephanie Hunt (Middle/2)
Key performers: Fourth-year outside hitters Ozana Nikolic and Karissa Kuhr both return after missing all of last season due to injuries. Sonia Rossy returns for her fourth year after leading the Canada West Conference in digs last year (369). Fifth year multi-positional player Tia Boroski led the team in kills (222) and her versatility will be important to the team this season. Fifth year setter Jayme Menzies returns to the team and will provide both leadership and experience.
Coach Quote: “We are focused and ready for an awesome season. We have depth and experience at every position. Extremely happy to have two veterans back from injuries (Ozana Nikolic and Karissa Kuhr), as well we welcome back Jayme Menzies for her 5th year of eligibility. This team is older, stronger, more athletic and experienced. The pre-season showed tons of growth and promise for a very competitive balance”. – Wesmen head coach Diane Scott.
Key storyline: The return of three-time Canada West All-Star Ozana Nikolic instantly improves the Wesmen this season. Fifth-year setter Jayme Menzies returns to the team after last playing in the 2007-08 season, her leadership and experience will be vital to the success of the team this season. Sonia Rossy led the Canada West in digs last year, whether or not she can duplicate the feat will go a long way in determing just how good the Wesmen will be in 2015-16.