What you need to know
- The Heat men are currently sitting three spots outside a playoff berth, at 11th in the Canada West standings with 10 points.
- In order to have a chance to make the playoffs, the Heat men will have to take both matches from TRU, and win out in their final two weekend matches, with three other teams (TRU, Manitoba, Mount Royal) needing to lose all remaining matches.
- The WolfPack have nine wins but have UBCO and (19-1) Trinity Western on tap. Manitoba (7-13) plays Regina (2-20) and UBCO in their final four and Mount Royal (7-13) is the other squad vying for a spot. They have Brandon (14-6) and Calgary (10-10).
GAME TIMES (PST)
To be played at the Gymnasium at UBC Okanagan.
To be played at the Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC
Players to watch:
- Eli Risso continues to lead the pack of Canada West defenders. His 2.68 digs per set are the best in the conference. His 190 total digs are also a conference-best.
- Lars Bornemann sits in the top five in Canada West in a pair of categories. He has 283 total kills and is averaging 4.10 per set, putting him fourth and third in the conference in those categories respectively.
- Joshua Harvey leads the Heat defensively at the net. His 54 total blocks and his average of 0.79 blocks per set are both team-highs.
- In a tough spot with regard to their playoff chances, the Heat will be looking to bring about a necessary reversal of fortunes. Needing to win out, they'll be looking to make the most of their assets, including their collective hitting.
- With the 6th-best kills per set average (11.32), they have an edge in consistency there against the WolfPack (10.66).
- Volleyball will be the final portion of the Kelowna Kamloops university competition of the Presidents' Cup between the schools. The Cup is handed out at the end of every season for the cumulative best school in head-to-head results– in each gender- of Canada West competition.
- The women's Cup has already been earned by TRU for the 2017/18 season but the Heat men have a chance to grab the Cup for the first time since 1996.
Head-to-head with the WolfPack: (5-7 in Canada West regular season play)
- The Heat have won three of the last four matches against TRU, having earned a weekend sweep in their last series.
- The Heat and the WolfPack have yet to make the playoffs in the same season.
- Breakdown: 2-0 in 11/12; 0-2 in 12/13; 0-2 in 13/14; 0-2 in 14/15; 1-1 in 15/16; 2-0 in 16/17
Scouting Thompson Rivers:
- The WolfPack are riding a six-match winning streak, having beaten Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Regina since their last loss.
- They are currently sitting in a playoff spot, with the 8th spot in the standings and 18 conference play points (tied with Saskatchewan).
- Tim Dobbert has the second-most kills in the conference to this point, with 308, just three back of Canada West leader E. Loeppky (311). He also has the second-best kills per set average, at 4.11.
- Landon Currie is third-best in the conference for digs per set average, with 2.26, and is fourth-best in total digs, with 154.
Tim Dobbert / OH / 4 / Aichelberg, Germany / Brigham Young (NCAA Div I)
Alex Cassels / S / 5 / East St. Paul Man. / College of the Rockies (PACWEST),
Landon Currie / LB / 1 / Vernon, B.C. / Team BC/Clarence Fulton Secondary