PREVIEW: Heat and Dinos square off this weekend in key CW battle

PREVIEW: Heat and Dinos square off this weekend in key CW battle

What you need to know

  • It's make or break for the Heat this weekend, the final weekend of the regular season, as they hunt down the eighth and final playoff spot.
  • UBCO is coming off one of their best performances in recent memory, as they took out their rival UBC Thunderbirds in three sets on Saturday night. 
  • Calgary comes into the final weekend with the same record as the Heat (7-15) however have been eliminated from postseason contention because of the tie-breaking scenarios with Winnipeg.

GAME TIMES (PST) 

FRIDAY, FEB 14th

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference away match
5 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (7-15) vs the Calgary Dinos (7-15) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ Jack Simpson Gym, U of C, Calgary, AB

SATURDAY, FEB 15th - Final Regular season matches

Volleyball (W) | Canada West conference away match
1 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Calgary Dinos | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ Jack Simpson Gym, U of C, Calgary, AB


In need of a sweep:

  • The Heat will need two victories over the Dinos to have any chance of making the postseason and at the same time, they will need some help from the Winnipeg Wesmen.
  • Winnipeg sits two games ahead of the Heat, and the Wesmen face Mount Royal (19-3) this weekend in a two-match set.
  • Every set counts. The team with the best sets won/lost ratio will earn the final playoff spot if both squads finish with nine victories.
  • Currently, UBCO is -16 while the Wesmen are -10 coming into the final weekend. 

Clutch performance: 

  • It was a near-flawless effort against the 'Birds on Saturday night in the Furnace, as UBCO captured the match in three sets to take the victory and keep their playoff hopes alive. 
  • A second set comeback would turn the momentum, as UBCO trailed 21-13 before capturing the frame 26-24. 
  • Amaya Perry led the way with 13 kills and a couple of aces for the Heat in their final home game of the season. 

Head to head with the Dinos: (9-7 in regular season, 2-1 in playoffs)

  • Last year in Kelowna it was Calgary who took both meetings fairly convincingly, as UBCO was able to just pick up one set victory in the weekend series with the then No. 2 team in the country.
  • During the 2016-17 Canada West quarter-finals in Calgary, UBCO put away Calgary in three matches, completing a monumental comeback to advance to a fourth straight CW Final Four.  

 

Scouting Calgary 

Eliminated from postseason contention:

  • Calgary missed a golden opportunity to gain ground on the final playoff spot last weekend but split the weekend series with Winnipeg who sits two games ahead of them currently. 
  • Because of the sets won/loss being the first tiebreaker in the standings, the Dinos are unable to make the postseason even if they were to win both matches in three sets, and Winnipeg drops both of their matches in three sets. 

Still headed to nationals:

  • The Calgary Dinos are the host team for this year's U SPORTS national championship.
  • Although they are eliminated from the Canada West postseason and have nothing to play for this weekend, the Dinos season will continue. 
  • Calgary will be one of eight teams at the national championship in the 'Jack on the U of C campus this March.

Players to keep an eye on:

  • The Dinos posses arguably one of the best freshmen in the Canada West, as outside hitter Trinity Solecki leads the Dinos in kills (201) and sits just behind Perry for the most in the conference by a freshman.
  • Four other players have at least 125 kills for Calgary, including former Canada West All-Star Beth Vinnell along with Kenzie Vaandering, Autumn Davidson and Adriel Goodman.