The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Coming off a bye week, Heat host No. 3 ranked Cougars

PREVIEW: Coming off a bye week, Heat host No. 3 ranked Cougars

What you need to know


  • Back in action for the first time in two weeks, the Heat will host the No. 3 ranked Mount Royal Cougars this weekend at home in Kelowna.
  • Coming off a bye, the Heat are looking to capture the first victory of the conference campaign after a couple of close calls six games into the season.
  • Mount Royal is 4-2 early in the season including two nail-biting five set losses to the Alberta Golden Bears.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, NOV 16th

Volleyball (M) / Canada West Conference Match
8 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-6) vs the No. 3 Mount Royal Cougars (4-2) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

SATURDAY, NOV 17th

Volleyball (M) / Canada West Conference Match
7 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the No. 3 Mount Royal Cougars | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium


Team outlook:

  • UBCO has had two five sets matches so far this year, with one being against the No. 2 ranked Trinity Western on home floor and the other on the road against the Winnipeg Wesmen.
  • An improved Heat attack has been a bright spot this season as they currently sit in the top half of the conference in kills per set (11.48) along with assists per set (10.87).
  • Following just two home games in the first four weeks of the season, the Heat will now have four straight home matches before a trip to Saskatchewan to close out the first half of the season.

Impact players:

  • Sophomore Max Heppell has taken his game to the next level so far this season as he has more kills so far through six games this season (85) then he did in 19 appearances during his rookie campaign. His efficiency has also taken a jump so far this year with his hitting percentage climbing from .176 a year ago to .219 this season.
  • The second option on the offensive end so far this year has been freshman Noah Campbell who has 26 kills in his last two starts for the Heat including a career-high 16 put-aways in the first match against Winnipeg.

Head to head with the Cougars: (2-10)

  • These two teams would go the full five sets in both meetings last season in Kelowna with the Heat capturing the first matchup and the Cougars winning the following night.
  • The win last season marked the programs second win against Mount Royal, with the first coming all the way back in November of 2013.

Scouting Mount Royal

Hot start to the season:

  • The No. 3 ranked Cougars are 4-2 through their first six Canada West games with both losses coming against the Alberta Golden Bears in five sets on the road.
  • Last weekend they captured both matches against a nationally ranked Brandon team in a weekend where they only lost one set in the two games.
  • Their stingy defence has been one of the keys to their early season success as the Cougars have more blocks (105) then all but one Canada West team and the second most digs (266).

Player to watch:

  • Outside hitter Tyler Schmidt has gotten off to a torrid start for the Cougars in his senior season as he currently leads the Canada West in kills per set (4.81) along with total kills (125). The Calgary product has had 20+ kills in four of the team's six matches so far this season including a 30 kills performance in a five set win against Manitoba during the opening weekend of play.

New additions:

  • Trent Mounter / LS / 4 / Perth, Australia / SAIT
  • Joao Pedro Neto Freire / LS / 2 / Belo Horizonte, Brazil / Medicine Hat College
  • Luis Lange / M / 1 / Calgary, AB / William Aberthart HS
  • Paul Dionne / OH / 1 / Weyburn, SK / Regina Volleyball Club
  • Mitch Gorman / L / 1 / Grande Prairie, AB / Grande Prairie Volleyball Club