After a hard fought split last weekend the UBC Okanagan women's volleyball team finish off their road schedule as they race for first overall in Canada West. Matches in Edmonton this Friday and Saturday nights versus the MacEwan Griffins. Friday at 5 p.m. (PST) and Saturday at 4 p.m. (PST).
Game Times (PST)
Canada West conference matches
@ Main Gymnasium, MacEwan City Centre Campus, Edmonton, AB
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||GMU|
|73 (10)||Sets||77 (4)|
|11-0||3 set matches||0-5|
|5-0||4 set matches||5-8|
|2-2||5 set matches||2-0|
|12.45 (3)||Kills/set||10.51 (11)|
|.235 (3)||Hitting Pct.||.137 (11)|
|.088||Opp Hitting Pct.||.195|
|11.51 (4)||Assists/set||9.94 (11)|
|1.95 (7)||Aces/set||1.47 (13)|
|14.73 (1)||Digs/set||13.49 (4)|
|2.46 (2)||Blocks/set||2.16 (5)|
|34 (7)||Solo Blocks||33 (8)|
|283 (2)||Block Assists||266 (4)|
CIS National Ranking: No. 1-Tied
CanWest Standings: t-1st
Last week: 1-1 // (Fri L, 3-2) (Sat W, 3-2) @ TWU
Streak: Won 1
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: Women's volleyball will once again be on the road the coming weekend when they travel to play MacEwan University. The first game will take place on Friday, 12th February with the game set to begin at 5 p.m. The second encounter will take place on Saturday, 13th February and will start at 4 p.m. Both the games will take place in the MacEwan Gym, Edmonton.
Standings After splitting the weekend with joint leaders Trinity Western, the Heat have retained their position at the top of the standings with an 18-2 record.
Current Form: The Heat lost their first away game of the season this past weekend and their first loss since October on Friday night. However UBCO quickly found the winning formula again and won for the first time ever in conference play at the LEC versus the Spartans.
Key Players in their career versus Trinity:
Key Players: Libero Kailin Jones further climbed up the charts this weekend and now stands in third place overall with 262 digs at 3.59 digs per set. The fifth year player from Kelowna is a big reason why UBCO is first in the conference with 14.73 digs per set and why they only allow the team across then net 9.42 kills per set.
Team Stat: The Heat currently hold fourth spot with 909 kills in the conference.
Canada West Athlete of the Week: This past week Megan Festival was named a star of the week for Canada West. She won the same award just for weeks ago as well after the Heat's sweep of Alberta. Last week Brianna Beamish was a third star of the week for Canada West.
Overall Head to Head (2-0): UBC Okanagan have won both matches in their only regular season matchup last November in Kelowna. 3-0 on the Friday and 3-2 on the Saturday night.
MACEWAN GRIFFINS (11-19, 7-13 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: NR
CanWest Standings: 11th
Last week: 2-0 // (Fri W, 3-1) (Sat W, 3-2) vs REG
Streak: Win 2
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 11-3
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: //
2014-15 Overall Record: //
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: //
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: //
Current form: The Griffins currently stand third from the bottom. However, the team has a total of 14 points which is only four short of seventh placed Mount Royal. A good performance on the weekend will see them back in reckoning for the coveted playoff berth. They have earned three of their four victories at home, sweeping Mount Royal and Regina and splitting with Winnipeg. Their only road win was in Saskatoon on January 29.
Key Players: Outside hitter Cassidy Kinsella currently stands in third spot overall with 260 kills so far. Lauren Holmes in her first ever CIS start as the Griffins outside hitter this past weekend against Regina, recorded 9 kills, 15 digs for 11 points in the victory over the Cougars. On Saturday, Holmes led MacEwan University with 16 digs.
Number of new players: 9
Key Recruits (Name (POS/Hometown/Last Team)): Claire McLoughlin (S/Campbell River, BC, VIU), Haley Gilfillan (MH/Edmonton, AB, Pandas) , Zoë Cronin (LIB/Hamilton City, NZ/Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves)
Number of departing players: 9
Key Losses (Name (POS/number of years with team): Christina Campbell (OH, 5), Rebecca Martin (S, 4), Madison Porisky (OH, 4), Dakota Wilson (MH, 1)
Key performers: Third-year outside-hitter Cassidy Kinsella, Leduc, AB, finished in top five in kills last year in MacEwan University’s first year of CIS. A leader on and off the court, the Bachelor of Science student plays high and is a hard worker.
Third-year setter Claire McLoughlin from Campbell River, BC brings valuable experience to Griffins from the college level with the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades and the Vancouver Island University Mariners. During her time with the Mariners, McLoughlin earned a 2015 PACWEST conference championship and a fourth-place finish at the 2015 CCAA Nationals.
Coach Quote: “Our approach every day is to be better than yesterday. We will compete at a Canada West level every weekend and improve on our experience. Even with the youth of our group we will be in the fight again this year.” – MacEwan head coach Ken Briggs.
Key storyline: With a 2014-15 record of 11-13, the Griffins pushed a record number of 13 matches to five sets, battled hard, and narrowly missed a playoff berth. As they enter their sophomore year in Canada West, the Griffins are determined to improve upon last year’s results in a very strong Canada West conference.