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PREVIEW: Heat hit the road to take on Wesmen of Winnipeg

PREVIEW: Heat hit the road to take on Wesmen of Winnipeg

What you need to know

  • Coming off a tough five set loss to the Trinity Western Spartans, the Heat men will look to bounce back against the Winnipeg Wesmen on the road this weekend.
  • While the Heat are 0-4 on the early season, their schedule has not been easy including the two games against the defending Canada West Champions.
  • Winnipeg has yet to play a conference game this season due to a bye followed up with what was suppose to be a matchup with Regina before the program was discontinued.



Volleyball (M) / Canada West Conference Match
5:45 PM PT | UBC Okanagan Heat (0-0) at the No. 10 Winnipeg Wesmen (0-0)  | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB


Volleyball (M) / Canada West Conference Match
3 PM PT | UBC Okanagan Heat at the No. 10 Winnipeg Wesmen | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

Early season form:

  • Although the Heat are winless early on in the 2018-19 season, they have showed signs of progress including pushing the defending Canada West Champions the Trinity Western Spartans to five sets last weekend at home. The Heat would hold the 2-1 advantage after three sets in the match but were unable to close things out.
  • During the opening weekend of conference play UBCO would run into a buzz-saw in the MacEwan Griffins as they lost both matches in three sets on the road in Edmonton.
  • The schedule should ease up a little for the Heat as they get four straight home games following this weekends road trip to Winnipeg.

Impact players so far:

  • It has been a whole lot of Max Heppell for the Heat attack to start the new season as the sophomore has failed to reach double-digits in kills in just one of the first four matches in 2018. The Langley product wouldn't have a single game in his freshman season with 10-plus kills but has been the vocal point of the UBCO offence.
  • Transfer setter Denham O'Reilly has done a fantastic job running the UBCO attack through four games this season, averaging nearly 30 assists a match along with 11 kills in the first four games of the campaign.

Head to head with the Wesmen: (3-11 in Canada West regular season play)

  • Last season Winnipeg would capture both matches in Kelowna in three sets on both occasions.
  • The last time the Heat beat the Wesmen was all the way back in the fall of the 2013, when they captured the victory in five sets at home.

Scouting Winnipeg

Preseason results:

  • This will be the Wesmen's first Canada West matches of the season this weekend as they have had the first two weekends off.
  • Coming off a season in which they lost in the CW bronze medal game, Winnipeg went 4-2 in their preseason schedule including wins against Dalhousie and the University of New Brunswick.
  • All four of their preseason victories game in only three sets, and all of these matches were played on the road.

Player to watch:

  • After two years as a middle, Ethan Duncan will move to left side, the position he played in high school. How Duncan's transition to the outside plays out will have a great impact on the effectiveness of Winnipeg's attack.

New additions:

  • Nigel Nielsen / OH / 1 / St. Andrews, MB /Selkirk
  • Austin Anderson / S / 1 / Niverville, MB / Niverville Collegiate
  • Hudson Wall / OH / 1 / Narol, MB / River East Collegiate
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