On the road for the next two weekends the Heat will travel the Coquihalla and play a pair of matches versus the Trinity Western Spartans in Langley, BC. First serve on Friday at the LEC is Friday at 8 p.m. The series will wrap up on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Game Times (PST)
Canada West conference matches
@ Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||TWU|
|72 (4)||Sets||66 (7)|
|2-5||3 set matches||4-4|
|1-8||4 set matches||5-3|
|2-3||5 set matches||0-2|
|11.08 (11)||Kills/set||12.68 (6)|
|.210 (10)||Hitting Pct.||.289 (3)|
|.278||Opp Hitting Pct.||.262|
|10.47 (10)||Assists/set||12.08 (3)|
|0.93 (11)||Aces/set||1.39 (4)|
|8.81 (11)||Digs/set||9.12 (10)|
|2.12 (9)||Blocks/set||2.23 (7)|
|43 (34)||Solo Blocks||16 (16)|
|219 (8)||Block Assists||263 (4)|
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 11th
Last week: 0-2 // (Fri L, 3-1) (Sat L, 3-2) vs. UBC
Streak: Lost 7
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
This week for the Heat: After a nail biting five setter at home to the Thunderbirds, the UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball team will be on the road this weekend. The unit will be travelling to play the Trinity Western Spartans who currently stand in seventh place. The first game will take place on Friday, 5th February and is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The second game will take place of Saturday, 6th February and will begin at 7 p.m. Both the games will take place in the Langley Events Centre, in Langley, BC.
Current Form: The Heat are coming from a closely fought encounter with the Thunderbirds. Taking the top ten team the distance on the Saturday night. Technically still eligible for the post season, the Heat will be eliminated if they lose another match.
Key Players: Alex Swiatlowski had an outstanding weekend versus UBC this past weekend. On Friday he set a career high of 23 kills in a match, he followed that up with 16 kills. Alex has hit the double digit mark in kills in six straight matches. First year libero Eli Risso climbed up two spots and now stands third overall having notched 172 digs in the season, averaging 2.49 digs per set.
Team Stat: UBC Okanagan has been serving tough as of late, in their last four matches they are averaging 4.75 aces per match.
Overall Head to Head: (0-8) The Heat are yet to beat the Spartans, having lost on eight occasions to this weekend’s hosts.
CIS National Ranking: No. 9
CanWest Standings: 7TH
Last week (Jan 22-23): 1-1 // (Fri W, 3-1) (Sat L, 3-0) @ Manitoba
Streak: 1 loss
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 20-4
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: 3-1
2014-15 Overall Record: 23-5
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: 2012/2
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: 2012/3
Trinity Western Spartans : The Spartans are now entering a crucial period in the conference with the playoffs just round the corner. Holding the seventh and final playoff spot TWU will be in the hunt to better their previous performances in order to qualify for the playoffs.
Current Form: The program from Langley have only won once since the calendar turned to 2016 having gone through a tough part of their schedule. Last weekend the Spartans earned a split in Winnipeg against the fourth ranked Manitoba Bisons.
Key Players: Fifth year Tyler Koslowsky stands in fourth spot with 171 digs and has an overall ranking of second spot with 2.59 digs per set. Six-foot eight outsde hitter Blake Scheerhoorn stands in fourth spot overall with a hitting percentage of .327, and is averaging 3.82 kills per set.
Team Stat: The Spartans stand third in the conference with a hitting percentage of .289. They are (5-3) at home and (4-6) away from Langley.
Number of New Players: 4
Key Recruits: Leigh Goossen (M/Kelowna, B.C./Kelowna Christian), Pearson Eshenko (M/Banff, Alta./Dr. EP Scarlett), Jordan Koslowsky (S/Abbotsford, B.C./MEI), Nathan Hayashi (M/Edmonton/Jasper Place), Jacob Kern (O/Edmonton/Jasper Place)
Number of departing players: 6
Key Losses: Nick Del Bianco (O/5), Branden Schmidt (M/5), Daniel Grant (M/3)
Key Performer: Blake Scheerhoorn: The Spartans third-year outside will move from the right side to the left side and team up with fourth-year left side Ryan Sclater to create an imposing attacking duo. Scheerhoorn is coming of a busy summer where he represented Canada with the national junior team in three international tournaments, including the U21 World Championships, and he returned better than ever. Last year, Scheerhoorn started on the right side, but was aided by the fact the opposition also had to worry about the CIS Player of the Year, Nick Del Bianco, on the left side. This year, he, along with Sclater, will be the Spartans go-to outside hitters and his development will largely dictate the trajectory of this year’s team.
Coach Quote: “We have a lot of questions to be answered. We’re really young, really big and really talented but we have an awful lot of improvement needed to get back to where we were last year. We like the team a lot, but it’s going to be a huge development year for us. For the first time in a long time, we don’t know exactly who we will be. We have so much identity turnover and we have a whole new cycle on the floor. A lot of kids have paid their dues for this opportunity and they’re more than ready, so it’s going to be fun to see how this all unfolds.” – Trinity Western head coach Ben Josephson.
Key Storyline: This year’s team represents the next wave. It’s a new team with a new core and a new leadership group. However, as is the case nearly every year with TWU’s men’s volleyball program, the expectations remain lofty. With the likes of Sclater and Scheerhoorn on the outsides and libero Tyler Koslowsky, who is the lone fifth-year on the team, holding the defensive fort, the Spartans have an impressive foundation. Beyond those three, there is a strong supporting cast that will make this year’s team an imposing group and, if the season progresses as Josephson hopes, the Spartans could have as good of a chance as any to once again be there at the very end.