What you need to know
- The Heat men hold a record of 5-17 heading into the final weekend of the regular season, and are currently sitting 11th in the Canada West standings.
- Having been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after their pair of losses to Thompson Rivers last weekend, these will be the final matches of the year for the Heat men.
- The Bisons are still fighting for a playoff spot, as they are tied with Saskatchewan at 9-13 for the last of the eight spots.
GAME TIMES (PST)
All matches to be played at the Investors Group Athletic Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Players to watch:
- Lars Bornemann has had his most successful hitting season of his five with the Heat this year. His 315 kills going into the final weekend of this season are already 25 higher than his previous high mark, and his career total is now at 1251 which puts him just 10 away from setting the school's record surpassing Nate Speijer (1260) as the all-time leader.
- Eli Risso continues to lead the Canada West liberos, and he is in a good position to finish the season at the very top of the conference. His 2.71 digs per set and 214 total digs are both the best numbers in those categories.
- Joshua Harvey, the other graduating Heat player alongside Bornemann, leads the team in defence at the net with an average of 0.79 blocks per set, and is the only Heat member in double digits for solo blocks this year.
- Heading into their final weekend of play this year, the Heat men will likely be looking to swing big and play spoiler to the Bisons' playoff hopes.
- No longer playing for a playoff spot, the impact that the Heat men can have on the postseason is in knocking Manitoba out. With a win this weekend, UBCO can keep the Bisons out of the playoffs as long as Saskatchewan win.
Head-to-head with the Bisons: (0-12 in Canada West regular season play, 0-2 in post season)
- The Heat and Bisons have faced off in six weekend series dating back to the 2011/12 season, and Manitoba have won all matches so far.
- UBC Okanagan and Manitoba have met in the postseason in UBCO's only trip to the playoffs, February of 2012.
- Breakdown: 0-2 in 11/12; 0-2 in 12/13; 0-2 in 13/14; 0-2 in 14/15; 0-2 in 15/16; 0-2 in 16/17
- The Bisons' last two matches were a pair of wins against the Regina Cougars, though they are 4-6 in their ten matches since the beginning of 2018.
- Of those five weekend matchups since the new year began, three have been against playoff teams. In those six matches, the Bisons earned a record of 2-4.
- Adam DeJonckheere leads the Bisons in kills, and is ranked number five in the conference for his total of 281 this season.
- Brendan Warren has been a defensive stalwart for Manitoba this season at the net, and is also in the top five for his best statistical category. His 1.23 blocks per set is the second-best number in Canada West this season.
Kyle Martens / LB / 1 / Steinbach, Man. / Junior Bisons
Owen Schwartz / LS / 1/ St. Clements, Man. / Lord Selkirk C.S.S.
Brendan Warren / M / 1/ Howden, Man. / 204 Volleyball Club