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UBCO Heat Release Volleyball Schedule

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As UBC Okanagan volleyball approaches its fourth round of CIS competition, both the men’s and women’s squads from Kelowna have high hopes for what will be a long Canada West season.

With the addition of Edmonton’s MacEwan University the 2014-15 design features 24 conference games, and two more weekends of play than in previous seasons – season starts October 10 for the Okanagan volleyballers.

Coming off a Canada West fourth place finish, the Heat women are earning a winning reputation that they are hungry to build upon. Meanwhile, the men continue to work diligently and the young guns have their eyes locked on another playoff push. With few departures on both sides, and the addition of a number of talented recruits, both Greg Poitras’ men’s team and Steve Manuel’s women’s crew are eager to make a splash in Canada’s top tier.

In 2010-11 seven of the 10 teams in Canada West made the playoffs, this season the top seven squads still qualify for the post season yet there are now 13 teams fighting for those top seven spots.

The Heat women will attempt to qualify for a third straight year, and the men’s squad look to return to late February play for the first time in three years. This season of Canada West volleyball has UBC Okanagan eagerly preparing for another season of battle.

The Heat will open the year in Edmonton against the Alberta Pandas and Golden Bears on Friday and Saturday (October 11-12). A powerful men’s squad, the Golden Bears are the reigning CIS champions.

Meanwhile, ranked nationally throughout 13-14, the Alberta women were edged out of quarterfinal playoff action last season by the 2014 CIS Champion Manitoba Bisons. It should be a thrilling start to a new season of competition for UBC Okanagan.

The home opener for the UBC Okanagan will a mid-October affair, in what is quickly becoming a BC rivalry, as Langley’s Trinity Western Spartans travel the Coquihalla for a pair of games on the Okanagan campus.

In total the UBC Okanagan volleyball teams will play 16 league matches before the first semester break, the last set of games in 2014 will be at home when Canada West newcomers, the MacEwan Griffins cross the Rockies for two games at the end of November (Fri 28- Sat 29). New to Canada West the Heat won’t look past their Edmonton foes, understanding that there is no correlation to conference newness and a team’s ability to succeed.

The Heat will once again have the luxury of closing out the season in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium, this year the Heat will host the Brandon Bobcats in what will likely be an essential matchup to all four squad’s post-season aspirations.

PLAYOFFS

If the Heat women qualify for their third straight post season the playoffs will begin for them he weekend of February 13-15 with the Canada West quarterfinals, same weekend for the men’s playoffs to begin – unless either team ends up in first  in which case they would receive a bye to the Canada West Final Four.

Saskatchewan plays host to the CIS men’s championships from February 26-28, while the women play for the national championship in Toronto from February 27-March 1.

2014-15 Complete Canada West Volleyball Schedule: MEN’S | WOMEN’S

Heat Home Volleyball Schedule:
DATE    OPPONENT    TIME (W|M)
Fri Oct 17    Trinity Western         6pm (W) 8pm (M)
Sat Oct 18    Trinity Western        5pm (W) 7pm (M)
Fri Oct 24    Manitoba                    6pm (W) 8pm (M)
Sat Oct 25    Manitoba                    6pm (W) 8pm (M)
Fri Nov 14    Saskatchewan            6pm (W) 8pm (M)
Sat Nov 15    Saskatchewan           5pm (W) 7pm (M)
Fri Nov 28    MacEwan                   6pm (W) 8pm (M)
Sat Nov 29    MacEwan                   5pm (W) 7pm (M)
Fri Jan 9    Calgary                          6pm (W) 8pm (M)
Sat Jan 10    Calgary                        5pm (W) 7pm (M)
Thu Jan 15    Thompson Rivers    6pm (W) 8pm (M)
Fri Feb 6    Brandon                        6pm (W) 8pm (M)
Sat Feb 7    Brandon                        5pm (W) 7pm (M)


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