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PREVIEW: After tough schedule, Heat look to capture first win on home court

PREVIEW: After tough schedule, Heat look to capture first win on home court

What you need to know

  • The UBC Okanagan men's volleyball team will look to capture their first win of the young season this weekend when they host the Mount Royal University Cougars in the Furnace.
  • The Heat are coming off back to back road losses against the number one team in the country in the Trinity Western Spartans.
  •  Last season, the men's team was unable to get a road victory against the Cougars but will look to change their fortunes against the team from Calgary this weekend.


FRIDAY, NOV 3rd, 2017
8 PM PDT | #6 Volleyball (M) (0-4) vs the Mount Royal Cougars (0-2)
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SATURDAY, NOV 4th, 2017
7 PM PDT | Volleyball (M) vs the Mount Royal Cougars
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All matches to be played at the Gymnasium at UBC Okanagan.

Inside the numbers

-Through four games its a familiar face leading the Heat as fifth year engineering student Lars Bornemann continues to be go to man on offense as he has 48 kills along with four service aces through the first two weekends of play.

- Third year libero and Kelowna native Eli Risso is proving last year was no fluke after he led conference last season in digs with 295. Through four games he leads the team once again in digs with 26 which ranks him 12th in the Canada West.

- The Heat as a team rank fourth in the conference with and impressive 19 service aces as a team early on along with having the sixth most digs as a team with 117.

Rookies making an impact

- Middle blocker Caleb Funk from Strathmore, AB has been an impact rookie for the team as he has totalled 12 kills, seven digs, and seven total blocks through his first four games in a Heat uniform. 

- Other rookies who have impressed early on are left side Max Heppell, who has 11 kills and 12 digs so far this season, along with transfer student Lucas Robertson who ranks second on the team in assists with 21.

Overall Head to Head (UBCO v MRU) (1-9)

- Last season the Cougars were able to slow down the Heat on home court as they won both matches by three sets to love. 

- The Heat's only win in ten conference tries against the Cougars came in Kelowna on November 3rd, 2013 when they won by three sets to none. The only two players to feature in this match who are on the current squad are Lars Bornemann and Joshua Harvey who both started that game in the Furnace in their rookie seasons.

Scouting the Cougars

Early Form

- The Cougars had a bye week last weekend after losing two five set-thrillers in their opening games at home. After losing the first two sets of their home-opener the team fought back to force a fifth and decisive set but could not find the finishing touch and would lose the final set 15-9.

-  The second match up with the Wesmen was just as tight, as the team from Calgary would lose the fifth set once again, this time by a score of 16-14.

Player to watch

- Outside hitter Tyler Schmidt will look to continue to impress after he had 53 kills in the two matches last time out. Schmidt currently leads the Canada West in hitting percentage (.448) while he ranks second in kills per set (5.30).

New additions

- Mitch Newman / S & OH / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Western Canada
- Jackson Brennan / S / 1 / Bragg Creek, Alta. / Dr. EP Scarlett
- Patrik Toze / OH / 3 / Brisbane, Australia / College of the Rockies
- Godi Jibi / M / 2 / Calgary, Alta. / Ambrose University


2018 Graduation
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