The UBC Okanagan women's volleyball team are on the road in a first place showdown. Friday and Saturday nights in Langley the (17-1) Heat take on the (17-1) Trinity Western Spartans. These teams are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country and begin the series on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.
Game Times (PST)
Canada West conference matches
@ Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||TWU|
|63 (11)||Sets||63 (11)|
|11-0||3 set matches||11-0|
|5-0||4 set matches||5-0|
|1-1||5 set matches||1-1|
|12.94 (1)||Kills/set||12.94 (1)|
|.250 (2)||Hitting Pct.||.264 (1)|
|.086||Opp Hitting Pct.||.095|
|12.00 (2)||Assists/set||12.05 (1)|
|1.95 (7)||Aces/set||2.24 (3)|
|14.75 (1)||Digs/set||12.76 (11)|
|2.48 (2)||Blocks/set||2.85 (1)|
|34 (6)||Solo Blocks||18 (12)|
|245 (3)||Block Assists||323 (1)|
CIS National Ranking: No. 2
CanWest Standings: t-1st
Last week: 2-0 // (Fri W, 3-1) (Sat W, 3-0) vs. UBC
Streak: Won 12
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
This Week for the Heat: After clean sweep of the UBC Thunderbirds, UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball team will be travelling to play fellow league leaders Trinity Western. The first of the two games will be played on Friday (Feb 5) and is set to start at 6 p.m. The second game will be played on Saturday (Feb. 6) and will be beginning at 5 p.m. Both the games will take place at the Langley Events Centre, in Langley, BC.
Current Form: In what is set to be the most daunting of all games the Heat have played this season, the unit goes into the game as joint leaders with Trinity Western. The program from Kelowna has won all their nine games away from home in the conference. Consecutive wins will take them four points clear of Trinity Western. Both teams are on 34 points and have booked a spot in the playoffs.
Key Players in their career versus Trinity:
Key Players: Katie Klomps stands fourth in the conference and overall with 68 blocks and tops the charts overall with 1.33 blocks per set. The fifth year middle has amassed 475 total blocks in her five years, that is second most in Canada West history. Trinity's recent graduate Alicia Perrin holds the record with 512 total blocks.
Team Stat: The Heat and the Spartans have astonishing commonality between them this season. Both the sides are currently on (17-10), both the units have won 53 sets and lost 10 sets in the conference and both the programs have been unbeaten away from home.
Canada West Athlete of the Week: This past week Brianna Beamish was a third star of the week for Canada West. This was the second straight time the Heat were honoured with an award. Three weeks ago Megan Festival earned a second star for the sweep of Alberta (Note: Beamish won award was for Jan 29-30 and Festival was Jan 15-16, they did not win in their bye week).
Overall Head to Head: The Spartans have won six and the Heat have two in the conference (6-2 to Spartans). Both times UBCO has knocked off Trinity they were the No. 1 ranked team in the country. These two teams have also met in each of the last two post seasons with Trinity winning both teams. The Heat are 0-4 in Langley and have never won a set there, in Kelowna the record is even (2-2).
#1 TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (23-3, 17-1 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: No. 1
CanWest Standings: 1st - tied
Last week (Jan 22-23): 1-1 // (Fri W, 3-0) (Sat W, 3-1) @ Manitoba
Streak: Win 4
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 19-5
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: 4-0
2014-15 Overall Record: 23-5
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: 2015 / 1
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: 2015 / 1
Trinity Western Spartans: The Spartans have already booked their spot in the playoffs but will be keen to maintain their form for the forthcoming games. Their opponents this weekend are undoubtedly their biggest rivals in the conference. The Spartans will be hoping to end Heat’s unbeaten record away from home this weekend.
Current form: The Spartans are on a four game winning streak and a win at home will put and end to the 12 consecutive wins for UBC Okanagan.
Key Players: Third year middle Katelyn Devaney stands second overall with 79 blocks and third overall with 1.25 blocks per set, she is also second in hitting percentage at .322. Setter Nikki Cornwall’s 10.73 assists per set is the high mark currently in Canada West.
Number of New Players: 10
Key Recruits: Mariel Garcia (L/Winnipeg/Dakota Collegiate), Brie O’Reilly (S/Langley, B.C./Heritage Christian), Paige Bergen (O/L/Abbotsford, B.C./MEI), Michaella Crema (O/Surrey, B.C./Surrey Christian), Jessica Bailey (M/White Rock, B.C./Pacific Academy)
Number of departing players: 8
Key Losses: Alicia Perrin (M/5), Kristen Moncks (L/3), Royal Richardson (O/5), Casie Gano (M/5), Carly Hamilton (O/5), Lauren Moncks (S/5)
Key Performer: Nikki Cornwall: Last year, in just her second year at the CIS level, the Spartans setter helped TWU win its first ever national championship and, in the process, was named the tournament MVP. With the loss of six seniors, Cornwall will be expected to be even more of a leader on this year’s team and take yet another step forward in her development. Since bursting on the scene in her first year with the Spartans, she has been a burgeoning star. Now, in her third year, she will be tasked with guiding a Spartans side that once again has its eyes set on winning a national title.
Coach Quote: “I am really excited about this season and I’m excited to see where this group of girls is going to end up. People can look at us and say that we’ve lost six seniors, but I think we’re going to have great leadership and I think we have a lot of talented players on the floor. We’re trying not to piggyback on last year. We’re trying to look at this year as a separate entity and while we want to take the lessons we’ve learned, we’re treating this team as its own group. But this team’s goal is still the same. They want to be the best team in the CIS and I believe we have the tools to go very deep this year.” – TWU head coach Ryan Hofer.
Key Storyline: For the first time in program history, the Spartans enter a season as the defending Canada West and CIS champions. However, the question most people are asking is: How do the Spartans bounce back after losing six senior athletes to graduation? While the loss of so much veteran talent will no doubt be felt, this year certainly isn’t being considered a rebuilding year. With outsides Sophie Carpentier and Elly Wendel, middle Katie Devaney and setter Cornwall all back and with the addition of libero Mariel Garcia to fill in for Moncks, the Spartans will be a fascinating team to watch. With Garcia being the only fifth-year on the team, the Spartans will be young, but with the experience many players gained over the course of last year’s championship run, there’s reason to believe this year’s side could put together a repeat performance.