The Heat men's volleyball team will host Manitoba this weekend for their second Canada West weekend of the 2016/17 season. Friday first serve is at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Canada West conference matches
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium
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CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: T-5th
Last week: bye
2015-16 Record: (12-24, 4-20) (11th)
2016 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2016 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
This week for the Heat: This week marks the second week of regular season games for the Heat men’s volleyball team. Coming off of a bye weekend, the Heat will be looking to get back on track as they will defend their home court for the second time this year. This time against the University of Manitoba. The two squads will open the weekend on Friday (Nov. 11) with a game that will begin at 8 p.m. The second game between the two teams will be played Saturday (Nov. 12) with a start time of 7 p.m. Both the games will take place at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
Current Form: With their home opener two weeks ago, the Heat began their season off with a win and a tough loss to the Brandon Bobcats. In the Friday night win UBCO dropped set one and then roared back to win the last thee to claim their first win of the year and first under the lead of coach Brad Hudson. His first in Canada West after an extremely successful stint in the CCAA. The second half of the doubleheader at home saw the Bobcats adapt and win three extremely close sets (26-24, 27-25, 28-26) for the first UBCO loss of the year and a record of (1-1). With the split the and the bye week the Heat are currently in ninth place in Canada West.
Key Players: With only two games played so far this season, fourth year Lars Bornemann is leading the way for the Heat with 30 kills on the season. Bornemann is joined on the outside by fifth year Alex Swiatlowski, with his 22 kills.
Team Stat: With two games under their belt, the Heat are averaging 14.71 digs per set and 3.5 blocks per set, putting them 1st in the country in both of those categories.
Overall Head to Head vs MAN: (0-10, 0-2) The Heat have never defeated the Bisons, the Manitoba team has won every Canada West conference match and also dropped the Heat in two straight in UBC Okanagan's only trip to the post season (2011-12).
CIS National Ranking: 6
CanWest Standings: T-2nd
Last week: 2-0; Fri (3-0) vs REG; Sat (3-0) vs REG
Streak: 2 W
2015-16 record, conference: (19-5) 2nd
2016 CW playoffs: 2-2, 4th
2016 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: 2003 / 1
Last CIS title: 2003 / 10
Bisons: On Friday the Heat will play the University of Manitoba, who have won three and lost just once ad are fourth in Canada West, the Bisons are coming off of two straight wins.
Current Form: The Bisons just took two (3-0) wins at home against the University of Regina after splitting their opening series against the Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary. The won the opener in five sets and dropped the rematch in three sets.
Key Players: Adam DeJonckheere is leading the way for the Bisons with 37 kills on the season, putting him 23rd in the country for that category. Following DeJonckheere is Devren Dear who has claimed 35 kills and 19 digs.
Team Stat: The Bisons are averaging 11.59 kills per set making them a powerful team on offense, however they are struggling to be consistent serving the ball over the net. With a total of 54 service errors.
Preseason key performer: Ken Rooney (Middle / 5th-year / Winnipeg, MB) It's the last ride for Bison fifth-year middle hitter Ken Rooney. He has been the pillar of the program over the last five years and looks to end his Bison journey with a national championship. Rooney enters his final year with the Bisons after being selected as a team captain for a fourth consecutive season. His vast leadership presence is felt throughout the Bison program since he arrived in his rookie season.
In addition, he has had numerous accolades from his court skills. Rooney was named as 2015-16 Canada West men's volleyball Second Team All-Star along with being a 2014-15 CIS men's volleyball Second Team All-Canadian and 2014-15 Canada West men's volleyball First Team All-Star plus earning 2012-13 Canada West Rookie of the Year plus CIS All-Rookie Team in year one.
Rooney earned his second conference selection (First Team All-Star in 2014-15) in his fourth season at Manitoba. In the 2015-16 season with the Bisons, the Winnipeg native was seventh in Canada West total blocks at 1.02 per set (88 blocks/86 sets) plus finished 19th in conference points (third on team) at 225.0 points while 20th in Canada West kills (third on the team) at 168. The 6'8", 220 lbs. student-athlete started and played in 23 of 24 conference matches and only missed three sets of the 89 overall Canada West sets played by the Bisons in 2015-16.
2015-16 CW regular season ranks:
Points per set: 16.8, 2nd
Kills per set: 13.35, 2nd
Hitting percentage: .316, 2nd
2015-16 CW regular season leaders:
Kills: 349 – Devren Dear, RS
Digs: 156 – Luke Herr, S
Blocks: 88 – Ken Rooney, M
Aces: 20 – Luke Herr, S
Assists: 988 – Luke Herr, S
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
Evan Jackson / LS / 4 / Winnipeg, MB / Bisons Volleyball
Caleb Konrad / S / 4 / Abbotsford, BC / Douglas College
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):