Game Times (PST)
CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) national championship quarter-final
@ Healthy Living Centre (HLC), Brandon, MB
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE
|15-0||3 set matches||5-0|
|5-0||4 set matches||6-1|
|2-2||5 set matches||3-2|
|.240 (2)||Hitting Pct.||.178|
|.089||Opp Hitting Pct.||.102|
CanWest Standings: 1st reg season.
Last week: 1-1 // (Fri W, 3-1) vs UBC (Sat L, 3-2) vs. TWU
Streak: Lost 1
Head coach: Steve Manuel (15th season – 5 in CIS)
Playoff record: 1-1
Playoff finish: Canada West finalists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 32-3
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 23): No. 1
Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (8 polls)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (15 polls): 15
Conference award winners: Steve Manuel (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Katie Wuttunee (M)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Katy Klomps (M), Brianna Beamish (LS/OH)
Conference all-rookie team: None
CIS championship best result: First appearance
CIS championship last appearance: First appearance
CIS championship sequence: First appearance
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: Friday will be a historic day for UBC Okanagan athletics as the Heat will play, in any sport, their first event at a CIS national championship. The historic match will get underway at 12:30 p.m. PT (2:30 p.m. local Brandon, MB) time versus the winner of the AUS championship, the Dalhousie Tigers.
Current Form: The Heat lost their last match they played, this season after a loss they went on a 13 game and five game winning streak.
Key Players: Fifth year Katie Wuttunee was named a All-Canadian middle.
Team Stat: The national championship is taking place at Brandon University, the Heat’s only post season victories were a two-game sweep in Brandon of the Bobcats in the Canada West Quarter-finals in 2013-14.
Season Summary: The UBC Okanagan Heat finished the Canada West regular season atop the conference, with 22 wins and 2 losses, setting a conference record and a single season wins record. The team led by Canada West Coach of the Year Steve Manuel in his 15th season landed as preseason favourites on the national polls.
To open the season UBCO rolled off five straight wins before falling in five sets on Halloween. Just three losses on the season for the Heat and all three went five sets. After the loss in October the Heat won 12 matches in a row, not losing for three months, they fell once in February and then closed the record setting season with another five match winning streak.
A merciless schedule UBC Okanagan faced all three of the Canada West Final Four teams in three consecutive weekends of competition during the regular season, between January 15 and February 6. Of those matches, the Heat only lost one match, consequently against the team that would defeat them in the Canada West gold medal match, Trinity Western. It is the first time that UBC Okanagan has won the Canada West regular season championship, and hosted the Final Four, since joining the league prior to the 2011/12 season.
Along with coach Manuel UBC Okanagan placed a trio of fifth years on the Canada West All Star team. Middles Katie Wuttunee and Katy Klomps were repeat selections and were joined by outside hitter Brianna Beamish. Wuttunee. The squad exorcised their postseason demons against UBC in the Final Four semifinal match, defeating the Vancouver team in the playoffs for the first time and earning their first ever spot at the CIS Women’s Volleyball Championship. The Heat lost the Canada West gold championship match in five sets to Trinity Western, but will still have a chance to take home a national title in Brandon, MB.
Overall Head to Head: (0-0) These teams have not met in any official CIS competition.
#6-seed DALHOUSIE TIGERS (22-3, 14-3 AUS)
AUS Standings: 1st
Last week (Jan 22-23): 1-1 // (Fri W, 3-0) (Sat W, 3-1) @ Manitoba
Streak: Win 4
Head coach: Rick Scott (8th season)
Regular season record: 14-3
Playoff record: 2-0
Playoff finish: AUS champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 22-3
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 23): No. 8
Top 10 best ranking: No. 7 (2 weeks)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (15 polls): 14
Conference award winners: None
Conference 1st team all-stars: Anna Dunn-Suen (LS), Abby Czenze (S), Jessica Josenhans (M)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Mieke DuMont (LS), Marisa Mota (LIB)
Conference all-rookie team: Courtney Baker (RS/S)
CIS championship best result: Champions (1982)
CIS championship last appearance: 2015 (tied 7th place)
CIS championship sequence: 4th consecutive appearance
Dalhousie Tigers: The AUS champions will face first time national champion participants the UBC Okanagan Heat in the opening round and second match of the 2016 CIS women’s volleyball national championship.
Season summary (courtesy of CIS): The four-time defending AUS champions Tigers team returned a strong veteran core from last season. They went 6-0 in pre-season play and have finished the regular season in first place, with a record of 14-3. The Tigers spent 14 weeks on the CIS top 10, and have been ranked as high as seventh.
The Tigers had a bye to the semifinal round of the AUS championship as the top team in the AUS. They met the Saint Mary’s Huskies in the semifinal, sweeping the match 3-0 to go on to the final, where they faced the Memorial Sea-Hawks. The Tigers won the first two sets handily, before dropping the third, 21-25. They rebounded to take the fourth and final set 25-17 to win their fourth-consecutive AUS championship title, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in the conference since 1970. Left side hitter Anna Dunn-Suen was the tournament MVP in addition to being named to the championship all-star team with setter Abby Czenze. Dunn-Suen, Czenze and middle blocker Jessica Josenhans were named AUS first team all-stars, while left side Mieke DuMont and libero Marisa Mota were named to the second team. First -year setter/right side player Courtney Baker was named to the all-rookie team.
Season preview (from Dalhousie): The Tigers embark on the 2015-2016 season full of excitement and new faces as they look to capture their fourth consecutive AUS championship. The team is returning eight players from last year’s championship squad that will provide great experience and consistency and has added five impressive first years to the line-up.
Fifth-year Jessica Josenhans and fourth-years Abby Czenze, Marisa Mota and Amy Appleby will provide strong play and assume leadership roles both on and off the court for the Tigers this season.
Third-year Anna Dunn-Suen and second-years Mieke DuMont, Emma Ciprick andAnne Krywitsky will look to play key roles, providing a big presence at the net and with strong back court play.
There are an impressive crop of first-year athletes joining the Tigers this season.Courtney Baker, Victoria Haworth, Lauren Koskowich, Alyssa Harding andCassandra Pilacinski come to the Tigers after very successful high school and club careers and will look to make an immediate impact in their first years in the black and gold.