The UBC Okanagan men's volleyball team will close out the semester on Saturday at home versus the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (7PM). Before that these same two teams will play on Thursday at 7:45 PM in Kamloops.
Canada West conference matches
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||TRU|
|11.20 (10)||Kills/set||12.37 (6)|
|.223 (10)||Hitting Pct.||.246 (8)|
|.252||Opp Hitting Pct.||.273|
|10.63 (10)||Assists/set||11.45 (4)|
|.98 (10)||Services Aces/set||1.37 (5)|
|9.15 (4)||Digs/set||9.08 (6)|
|2.31 (4)||Blocks/set||1.49 (13)|
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 11th
Last week: 1-1 // Fri L at BRAN (3-0) // Sat W at BRAN (3-2)
Streak: Won 1
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 UBC Okanagan conclude their 2015 conference schedule on Saturday evening when it host their BC rival the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at 7 p.m. at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium. Before the semester ends however the same two team swill play in Kamloops at the Tournament Capital Centre at 7:45 p.m.
Current Form : The Heat averted prolonged losing streak and won their first match on the road after their comeback win on Saturday against Brandon. The Heat had lost five straight sets to the Bobcats before knocking out the last three in Brandon. Their record now stands at (2-8) and they will play the (3-7) 'Pack for a pair of matches this Thursday and Saturday.
Key Players : Turning the tide in the comeback against Brandon was freshmen setter, Ethan Freund. Although Feund didn't start either match he came off the bench to lead the team in assists with 35. The 35 assists are a career high, he also added five digs and four kills. Lars Bornemann went for 24 kills over the weekend. Kyle Pankratz, also came off the bench in the win for UBCO and finished with 11 kills on 20 swings, a .450 attack rate.
Team Stat – In the two wins the Heat are attacking at a .227 rate, in their nine losses they are attacking at .222. The main difference statistically in the UBC Okanagan wins and losses is from the service line. In their two wins the Heat averaged 1.78 service aces a set compared to just .74 in their eight losses.
Overall Head to Head : (2-6) In the eight conference meetings the UBC Okanagan Heat wave won twice against their Interior foe, but have lost the last six after winning twice in UBC Okanagan's first year in the CIS. Those wins in February of 2012 sent the Heat into the postseason.
THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK (7-12 / 3-7 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 10th
Last week: Bye //
Streak: Won 2
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 13-11
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: 0-2
2014-15 Overall Record: 13-13
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: N/A
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: N/A
The WolfPack – The 'Pack are coming off a bye weekend and are currently (3-7) and sit just above the Heat in the conference standings.
Current Form : TRU is coming off of their bye weekend, their last time out the swept the Brandon Bobcats at home.
Key Players : Once again the WolfPack are led offensively by Brad Gunter, the fifth year outside hitter is leading Canada West in kills per set at 4.53, second with 172 total kills. Graham Stoliker the fifth year setter will be counted on to feed Gunter the ball the 'Pack setter is fourth in assists per set at 9.61.
Schedule: The WolfPack are much better in Kamloops then on the road, they sport a 3-3 record at the TCC and are winless (0-4) away from Kamloops. They've beaten Brandon twice and MacEwan once for their three wins. Losses have come via sweeps from: top ranked Alberta, Calgary, and Winnipeg. MacEwan was a split.
Number of new players: 7
Key Recruits (Name (POS/Hometown/Last Team)): Kyle Behiels (middle, Edmonton, AB), Charlie Bringloe (outside hitter, Waterloo, ON), Sam Taylor Parks (middle, Kelowna, BC)
Number of departing players: 5
Key Losses (Name (POS/number of years with team)): Casey Knight (outside hitter, Salt Spring Island, BC), Matt Krueger (libero, Abbotsford, BC)
Key performer: Brad Gunter (outside hitter, Courtenay, BC), 2013-14 CIS and Canada West player of the year, 2014-15 CIS All-Star. Daniel Eikeland Rod (middle/left side, Oz, Norway) .
Coach Quote: “With the return of a solid core Brad Gunter (5th year CIS player of the year, CIS All Canadian) Daniel Rod(4th year) Graham Stoliker (5th year) Brandon Hewwing (5th year) Randy Grundman and Jordan Foot (3rd year) we're looking to compete for a playoff spot and better our result of 7th place last year. We have a solid veteran group and a solid recruiting class Charlie Bringloe, Joshua Mullaney, Kyle Behiels, Sam Taylor-Parks, Tristan Dexter that will make practices and playing time competitive.” – Thompson Rivers head coach Pat Hennelly.
Key storyline: The WolfPack are a blend of youth and experience. They will be counting on a healthy Brad Gunter to lead them past the first round of the Canada West playoffs. A number of veterans have moved positions including middles Brandon Hewwing (Calgary, AB) and Daniel Eikeland Rod (Oz, Norway) who are now playing the outside. Cole Keddie (Edmonton, AB) has won the starting libero position after never playing it before in this his second CIS season.