On the road for the final time this season the Heat will play a pair of matches versus the MacEwan Griffins in Edmonton, AB. First serve on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (PST) The series will wrap up on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (PST).
Game Times (PST)
Canada West conference matches
@ Main Gymnasium, MacEwan City Centre Campus, Edmonton, AB
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||GMU|
|78 (2)||Sets||72 (10)|
|2-7||3 set matches||1-9|
|1-8||4 set matches||1-9|
|2-3||5 set matches||0-1|
|10.95 (11)||Kills/set||10.54 (13)|
|.201 (10)||Hitting Pct.||.165 (12)|
|.279||Opp Hitting Pct.||.302|
|10.36 (11)||Assists/set||10.15 (12)|
|0.91 (11)||Aces/set||.85 (13)|
|8.85 (11)||Digs/set||8.75 (12)|
|2.08 (9)||Blocks/set||1.99 (10)|
|44 (5)||Solo Blocks||40 (7)|
|236 (10)||Block Assists||206 (12)|
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 11th
Last week: 0-2 // (Fri L, 3-0) (Sat L, 3-0) at TWU
Streak: Lost 9
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: The Heat are set to travel to play MacEwan University this coming weekend. The first of the game clashes will take place of Friday, 12th February and will be starting at 6 30 p.m. The second game will take place on Saturday, 13th February and is scheduled to begin at 5 30 p.m. Both the games will take place in the MacEwan Gym, Edmonton.
Current Form: Another weekend had the Heat battle a formidable foe with out UBCO able to put out their top lineup on the floor, missing Alex Swiatlowski for both matches, after he just set a career high in kills the week before, was not good against a nationally ranked veteran team like the Spartans. The Heat would fall in straight sets both nights and are now on a nine game losing streak.
This week: If the team can play their top unit they should be in for a favourable matchup with MacEwan, who have just two wins on the season.
Key Players in their career versus MacEwan:
Key Players: Freshamen outside hitter Devon Cote cobntinues to improvce while on the floor, in his last three matches has has totaled 16 kills. Another first year, libero Eli Risso, is playing very weel and continues to occupy third spot in the conference with 187 digs at 2.49 digs per set
Team Stat: UBC Okanagan currently has 808 assists in the conference.
Overall Head to Head: The Heat beat the Griffins on both the occasions in the last conference and currently hold a 2-0 lead over their opponents.
CIS National Ranking: NR
CanWest Standings: 12TH
Last week: 1-1 // (Fri W, 3-1) (Sat L, 3-2) vs Regina
Streak: 1 loss
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 1-23
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: //
2014-15 Overall Record: //
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: //
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: //
MacEwan University Griffins: The Griffins are the newest team in the conference, just joined Canada West last season, and have struggled to find their footing in the strongest conference in the nation.
Current Form: Although the program from Edmonton has garnered a mere four points and have won only twice this season they are on a bit of a streak after splitting last weekend with the Regina Cougars – their first Canada West home court win. Their other win was in October in Kamloops versus TRU.
Key Players: Shane Kerrison led his squad to the split with Regina last weekend with 14 kills, 9 digs for 15.5 points on Friday and 18 kills, 10 digs for 21 points on Saturday. Senior Server Matt Mohler has 650 assists and 142 digs in the league.
Team Stat: The Griffins have struggled this season from the service line and have a league low 61 service aces. They may be servoing better as the season goes on however, against Regina they served for seven aces over the two nights.
Number of new players: 10
Key Recruits (Name (POS/Hometown/Last Team)): Kai Hesthammer (RS/Øystese, NOR/Lethbridge College Kodiaks), Max Vriend (MID, Barrhead, AB, NAVC), Ryan McDonald (OH, Westlock, AB, Red Deer College Kings), Edward McDonald (OH, Spruce Grove, AB, FOG)
Number of departing players: 10
Key Losses (Name (POS/number of years with team): Marcus Ernewein (RS, 2), Sean Peister (OH, 3), Zachary Brown (OH, 4)
Key performers: Fourth-year setter Matthew Mohler, Edmonton, AB brings veteran experience and leadership to the Griffins. The Bachelor of Science student has started each year he has been with the program and is key to running the MacEwan University offense.
Hesthammer joins the Griffins as a Norwegian national player (U17, U19). He was the 2014/15 ACAC South ‘Rookie of the Year’ and an ‘All Conference Team’ player after his first year of intercollegiate play with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. The right-side hitter had 332 kills, 122 digs and 25 blocks in regular season, and then 39 kills, 20 digs, and six blocks in playoffs for a sixth place Kodiak post-season finish.
Coach Quote: “With 10 new players its about getting everyone on the same page as we come from a lot of different backgrounds. Six players are from high school, we have a couple college transfers, we have our veterans, and we have guys with experience from Team Alberta. We’re really in that forming & norming of team dynamic and trying to identify what Griffins volleyball means. Once we do that we need to make sure we are ready to perform in one of the most competitive leagues in the country, get our guys ready to play at that level, and battle every weekend.” – MacEwan head coach Brad Poplawski.
Key storyline: MacEwan University enters their second year in Canada West with a diverse and dynamic team of players with a wide spectrum of volleyball experience. Starting for the Griffins alongside key veterans will be some new players who will need to be prepared to carry offense right from the start. Coach Poplawski and his coaching staff are keen to improve with the team on last season’s results, but are also looking to the long-term picture of setting a strong foundation for the program in order to become strong contenders in a very competitive Canada West league.