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PREVIEW: Heat looking to move into Top Ten by continuing run against Cougars

PREVIEW: Heat looking to move into Top Ten by continuing run against Cougars

What you need to know

  • With a record of 3-5 to this point, the Heat have won two in a row and three of their last four. Coming out of their bye week, they are ranked as the first honourable mention in the most recent Top Ten poll.
  • The Cougars are currently on a three-game losing skid, having won their lone match of the season back on November 10 against Mount Royal.
  • A pair of wins this weekend would keep the Heat steady in sixth place in the Canada West standings, and would put them on a good footing to maintain a playoff spot into the December break.


FRIDAY, NOV 24th, 2017
8 PM PST | Volleyball (M) (3-5) vs the Regina Cougars (1-9)
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SATURDAY, NOV 25th, 2017
7 PM PST | Volleyball (M) vs the Regina Cougar
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All matches to be played at the Gymnasium at UBC Okanagan.

Early Season Form

- The Heat are coming off a scheduled bye week, prior to that UBCO had won three of the last four, including a sweep on the road in Edmonton against MacEwan.

Inside the numbers:

- The Heat are among the best in the conference on the defensive side of the ball right now, currently sitting second in digs per set, averaging 9.36.

- Offensively, the Heat sit in tenth in the conference with 336 total kills, and in 12th with an average of 10.18 kills per set.

- Lars Bornemann has climbed to 16th in the all-time list of kills in Canada West with 1044, which is also the second highest mark amongst active players. Manitoba's Adam DeJonckheere has 1204 (7th) and Alberta's Ryan Nickifor has 1013 (19th) are the only three active players in the top 20 all-time.

Rookies making an impact:

- Middle blocker Caleb Funk and outside hitter Max Heppell are the high offensive scorers of this season's crew of rookies so far. Funk has 29 kills on .198 hitting, while Heppell has 23 on a percentage of .235.

- Freshman setter Morgan Nichols has been key to the Heat attack, leading the team with 129 assists and averaging 7.59 per set.


Head to Head vs Regina: (9-3)

- Since entering Canada West in 2011 UBCO has won three quarters of their matches against the Cougars. The nine wins again the U of R is the most the Heat have against any Canada West foe.

- The last time the Cougs' squad claimed a win over the Heat was in October of 2015.

Scouting the Cougars

Early Form:

- The Cougars currently sit in 12th in the Canada West standings, with a record of 1-9.

- Regina's schedule has had them face off against four teams with winning records to this point out of their five opponents, including Brandon, Winnipeg, and Alberta who are all in the top five in Canada West right now.


Player to watch:

 - Matthew Aubrey has been the offensive leader so far this season for the Cougars. His 110 kills are a team high, as are his 2.97 kills per set. He is tied for the team lead in service aces, with eight, and has a hitting percentage of .149 on the season.

Key additions: 

Jake Fleming / S / 1st / Edmonton, Alta. / Archbishop O'Leary HS

Marcus Roflik / OH / 1st / Regina, Sask. / Dr. Martin LeBoldus HS