Game Date: October 23 & 24, 2015
Game Location: Women 6pm; Men 8pm (Friday) Women 5pm; Men 7pm (Saturday); PAC
The University of Saskatchewan volleyball teams will open their 2015-16 home schedule against the UBC Okanagan Heat this weekend at the PAC.
- The Huskie women's team opens the season with a 2-0 record for the second time in three seasons.
- The UBCO women's team comes into the weekend with the No. 1 overall ranking in the country. Three other Canada West schools, Alberta (No. 2), Trinity Western (No.3) and Calgary (No. 8) join the Heat in the top 10.
- All six women's series' from last weekend resulted in two game sweeps.
- Emmalyn Copping leads the conference in kills on the women's side with 39. On the men's side Jordan Nowakowski sits second with 38 kills.
- This weekend is the first action for either team at home in the PAC.
- The UBCO men's team has only defeated the Huskies once. Saskatchewan has won six straight.
- The Huskie men's team won two straight matches at home to finish off the CIS Championship in fifth place as hosts in 2014-15.
THE MEN'S SERIES
Since UBCO joined the conference in 2011-12, the Huskies are 7-1 against the Heat. UBCO last won in February of 2012 in Saskatoon. The Huskies have won six straight in the series.
UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (1-1)
After dropping their opening match of the season 3-1 to the Regina Cougars, the Heat bounced back to force a split with a 3-1 win at home on Saturday.
The Heat were led by Lars Bornemann's 26 kills over the weekend. Bornemann was second on the team in digs with 17. Joshua Harvey chipped in with another 20 kills and added 11 blocks and three service aces in the first weekend.
UBCO notched a 13 service aces last weekend, second best in the conference, against the Cougars.
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-2)
The Huskies were swept by the No. 5 ranked Manitoba Bisons last weekend on the road to open the season.
Saskatchewan's 2-0 lead evaporated on Saturday as the Bisons took the final three sets for a second straight win. The Huskies fell 3-0 on Friday night to open the season.
Jordan Nowakowski provided the bulk of the offense for Saskatchewan on opening weekend. Nowakowski averaged 4.75 kills per set; his total of 38 kills is second in the Canada West. The Huskies were solid in the middle last weekend, averaging a conference best 2.81 blocks per set. Tyler Epp led the way with 11 total blocks over the two matches.