For the the second straight weekend the third ranked UBC Okanagan women's volleyball team will be on the road east of BC. Their two matches this weekend are versus the University of Brandon. First serve on Friday is at 4 p.m. (PST) Rematch on Saturday is set for 3 p.m. (PST).
Canada West conference matches
@ the Healthy Living Centre (HLC), Brandon, MB
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||BRAN|
|12.79 (2)||Kills/set||9.93 (11)|
|.237 (4)||Hitting Pct.||.123 (10)|
|.082||Opp Hitting Pct.||.|
|11.75 (3)||Assists/set||9.37 (10)|
|2.21 (2)||Services Aces/set||2.20 (4)|
|14.64 (1)||Digs/set||12.17 (8)|
|2.21 (7)||Blocks/set||2.07 (7)|
CIS National Ranking: No. 3
CanWest Standings: 4th
Last week: 2-0 // Fri at CGY W (3-1) // Sat at CGY W (3-0)
Streak: Won 2
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 stretched their conference record to 7-1 as the side emerged triumphant in both their games the past weekend. The in-form Heat will be playing away from Kelowna yet again when they travel to play the Brandon Bobcats. The first game will be played on Friday (Nov. 20) with the game scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. (PST) The second fixture will be played on Saturday set to start at 3 p.m. (PST) Both the games will take place at HLC Brandon.
Current Form : The Heat have enjoyed a stellar season so far and currently occupy the fourth spot on the table. The unit has lost just one single game this season and are enjoying a terrific record of 7-1 in the conference. The side goes into their next game as hot favorites. The Heat will be backing themselves to stretch their winning streak to four games in a row. UBC Okanagan are also third best team in the nation (as of November 10th, 2015).
- Senior libero Kailin Jones currently stands at third place in Canada West with 3.54 digs per set.
- Fifth year outside hitter Brianna Breamish is currently second in Canada west with 0.61 services aces per set and 14th in the country with 3.39 kills per set.
- Middle blocker Katie Wuttunee stands at 10th place in Canada West with 1.04 blocks per set
- The Heat currently hold a 0.237 hitting percentage which puts them in fourth place in the conference.
- The Heat currently have made 358 kills which allows them to occupy the fifth spot in the category.
- UBC Okanagan’s Katie Wuttunee and Katy Klomps made it to the All-star team of the season in the 2014-15 campaign. Klomps also won the ‘Most Outstanding athlete of the year’ for the Heat in 2014-15.
- UBC Okanagan’s Megan Festival topped the charts with 0.47 services aces per set at the end of last season.
Overall Head to Head : The Bobcats and the Heat are currently level with 4 wins apiece. Both sides will be looking to take the lead and better their personal head to head records. The Heat in the regular season have incidentally never beaten the Bobcats in Manitoba, having lost all the four games played so far. They did sweep the 'Cats in the playoffs in February of 2013.
BRANDON BOBCATS (6-12, 3-5 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: T5th
Last week: 0-2 // Fri L at TRU (3-0) // Sat L at TRU (3-2)
Streak: Lost 2
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 13-11
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: 0-2
2014-15 Overall Record: 18-16
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: //
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: //
The Brandon Bobcats – The Bobcats will be returning to play on their home turf this weekend when they play a difficult opponent in UBC Okanagan. The side from Manitoba lost both their games to Thompson Rivers the past weekend. The unit will however be enjoying home advantage and will be looking to get wins under their belt having beaten the Heat on 4 previous regular season occasions played in Brandon.
Current Form – The Bobcats currently stand in eighth place with three wins and five losses so far (3-5). The team currently carries a win percentage of .375.
Key Players : Third year middle blocker Jodie Becker has been enjoying a fine season with 49 kills and 31 blocks so far this season. Becker is a constant attacking threat and a sound defensive player. Middle blocker Breanne Sytnyk has 53 kills and 22 blocks for the season.
Team Stat – The Bobcats stand in fifth place with 66 service aces this season.
Number of new players: 5
Key Recruits: Jennifer McLean (M/Birch Hills, SK/Birch Hills HS), Grier Moffet (LS/Calgary, AB, SAIT), Danielle Laroque (LS/Brandon, MB/Neelin HS), Katie Reeves (LS/Winnipeg, MB/MBCI), Breanne Sytnyk (M/Shoal Lake, MB/Alsaska Anchorage)
Number of departing players: 3
Key Losses: Meaghan Robertson (M/5), Victoria Dakin (RS/5), Vaovai Aiono (LS/2)
Key performers: Shanlee McLennan is the only true senior on team, having played all five years in CIS with the Bobcats, working her way into the starting lineup as a rookie season and never looking back.
Donata Huebert – CIS Libero of the Year every year she’s played for the Bobcats and a former first-team All-Canadian, a rare feat for a libero. She is the only libero to win CIS player of the year at the position three times.
Coach Quote: “Hosting nationals this year allows to take some more risks early on to make sure we are where we want to be at the end of the season. We have something to prove. We have all of the pieces of the puzzle to be successful in the Canada West conference, we just need to show up and play as a team every match. We have people that are going to be involved in every match, every set, and every point as we work towards a tremendous team effort.” – Brandon head coach Lee Carter.
Key storyline: The Bobcats have been building towards a season like this since joining the Canada West conference a decade ago. Entering the program’s eleventh season as members of the conference, this year promises to be a big one, as the Bobcats will host the CIS women’s volleyball championship. It marks the first time Brandon University has hosted any CIS championship, and the Bobcats are poised to make a run at the program’s first title. The Bobcats have qualified for the post-season the past three seasons, but have been unable to advance past the first round. Last year, the Bobcats lost to the eventual national champion Trinity Western Spartans in Langley in the Canada West quarterfinals. This year the feeling is much different on campus, as the Bobcats know they have a spot in the national tournament. The Bobcats will welcome the team that ended their season last year in Trinity Western for the regular season home opener on October 16.