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PREVIEW: Heat continue home stand against Brandon

PREVIEW: Heat continue home stand against Brandon

What you need to know


  • Coming off their best performance of the season, the Heat women will continue their homestand against the Brandon Bobcats on Friday and Saturday night in Kelowna.
  • UBCO captured their first win of the conference season last Saturday against Mount Royal thanks to superb play from Ann Richards, Jade Bussard and Sydney Grills.
  • Brandon comes into the weekend with a 2-6 record, one of those two wins, however, was a victory over the UBC Thunderbirds.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, NOV 23rd 

Volleyball (W) / Canada West Conference Match
6 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (1-7) vs the Brandon Bobcats (2-6) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

SATURDAY, Nov 24th 

Volleyball (W) / Canada West Conference Match
5 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Brandon Bobcats | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium


Finding their stride:

  • After a tough opening few weeks of conference play plagued by injury, the Heat finally found their form last weekend against Mount Royal on Saturday night.
  • In their best performance of the season, the team would win the final three sets to capture the victory over the Cougars.
  • The Heat attack would hit a season-high .368 in the four-set match, and would also serve up 11 aces which is season high as well.

Impact Players:

  • The rookie outside hitter combination of Sydney Grills and Jade Bussard had their best game of the weekend last time out, as the two combined for 26 kills (13 each) along with 19 combined digs.
  • Grills is tied for the most double-figure kill games out of any Heat player so far this season (four) along with veteran Ann Richards.
  • Richards has been particularly hot as of late, racking up 47 kills in her last three conference matches  - her best stretch in a Heat uniform.

Head to head with the Bobcats: (10-4 regular season,  2-0 postseason)

  • Last year it was UBCO who captured both matches on the road in Brandon and would allow the 'Cats just one set victory in the two matches.
  • The Heat and Bobcats have met just twice in the postseason, in a best-of-three series that the Heat won during the 2013/14 season's Canada West playoffs.

Scouting Brandon

Plenty of youth:

  • Similar to the Heat, Brandon is one of the youngest teams in the conference, they currently have seven freshman and four sophomores on their 16 man roster.
  • The young team has picked up two victories a month into the conference season, the first coming at home against the UBC Thunderbirds and the second being on the road against Mount Royal a couple weekends ago.
  • Last weekend the Bobcats fell to the top-ranked Calgary Dinos on home floor and captured just one set in the weekend series.

Player to watch:

  • The lone senior on the 'Cats, Nikala Majewski is off to a terrific start to her final season in a Brandon uniform as the outside hitter currently leads the Canada West in kills per set (4.37). She also ranks third in total kills (131), along with fourth in total points (145.5).
  • The Winnipeg product has recorded double-digit kills in all eight of the team's conference matches so far this season including 18 in just three sets against Calgary.