What you need to know
- The Heat men will return home this weekend when they take on the Saskatchewan Huskies in the 'Furnace'.
- UBCO is coming off a weekend against the Mount Royal Cougars where they fell in three sets on both occasions.
- Saskatchewan comes in at 3-3 on the season and with one of the best outside hitters in the conference in Dylan Mortensen.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, NOV 15th
SATURDAY, NOV 16th
Tough first road trip:
- In one of the tougher road trips on their schedule, the Heat fell in straight sets on both occasions to the No. 6 ranked Mount Royal Cougars last weekend.
- The Cougars block would shut down the Heat attack, as they had just 49 kills combined over the two matches.
- UBCO's block did it's best to shut down the 'Cougs, as their 10 total blocks on Friday night set a new season-high.
Players to keep an eye on:
- Setter/libero Denham O'Reilly currently sits second in the entire conference in terms of digs (55) and digs per set (2.75) and has at least 10 digs in three of his last four matches.
- UBCO is still looking for a tertiary offensive option behind Max Heppell and Cam Vanderveen, with both Noah Campbell (20 kills) and Caleb Funk (19 kills) the primary candidates.
- Funk currently leads the team in blocks with 16.
Head to head with the Huskies: (2-14)
- The only two times the Heat have come out on top in this matchup was once in 2012/13 along with a game in 2016/17
- Since that win in 2016/17, the Huskies have rolled off five straight, including dropping just two sets over that span.
- No longer ranked in the U SPORTS top-10 but still a national title contender, the Huskies have faced one of the toughest schedules throughout the early part of the season.
- Two wins over UBC propelled the team from Saskatoon into the national rankings before they fell in both games to the defending U SPORTS silver medalists in Brandon two weekends ago.
- Saskatchewan is coming off a bye, this weekend will also start a four-game road trip for the sled dogs.
Player of the year candidate:
- Third-year outside hitter Dylan Mortensen has his eyes set on the conferences top honour following back-to-back seasons in which he recorded 325+ kills.
- The Swift Current product has 89 kills through his first six matches this season, including 41 combined in the two matches during the opening weekend against the Calgary Dinos.
- Mortensen currently sits in the top-20 in Canada West history in kills per set and is looking to eventually track down the school record of 1252 kills set by Adam Ens.