Heat teams prep for CIS
The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus Heat basketball teams have stepped into the big leagues of collegiate sports and for the first time will host some of the top squads in the country including the University of Victoria and Trinity Western University.
Big matches for the men’s team in its first season of Canada West competition include home standoffs against the University of Victoria Vikings and University of Winnipeg Wesmen. The Vikings, who visit Kelowna Feb. 3 and 4, are a perennial playoff team, but will be in a rebuilding mode.
The Vikes have graduated four players, including two starters—Marco Dolcetti and Wendell Thomas—both of whom played post-secondary basketball for Heat coach Darren Semeniuk in Kelowna. B.C. High School MVP, Vijay Dhillon has committed to UVIC from his championship RC Palmer team and will look to ignite the Vikings squad in his freshman season.
The Heat will also have a revamped lineup as only five players will make the jump from last year’s BCCAA squad to Canada West competition. Post and captain Steve Morison, will look to lead the young Heat squad as he will return for one more year to help transition the youthful Heat hoopsters.
The women’s team will find themselves without all-Canadian guard Jenna Kantz for the first time in five years. Third year guard Madison Kaneda will look to pick up the scoring slack for the departed Kantz, and in turn will be pitted against several top CIS guards that include players from the University of Regina Cougars and the Trinity Western University Spartans. The Cougars come to Kelowna on Nov. 25, bringing 2010-11 second team CIS All-Canadian Joanna Zalesiak, a fourth-year guard and dynamic playmaker who finished second in the nation with 111 assists over the 24-game schedule.
The Heat will also host the University of Manitoba, University of Brandon and the Thompson Rivers basketball teams in the 2011-12 season. For complete Heat schedule go to goheat.ca.
Heat to host Thunderbirds in November
The opening serve has yet to be hit, but already the rivalry between the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus Heat Volleyball squad and the UBC Thunderbirds has sports fans buzzing with anticipation.
The Thunderbirds will be on campus Nov. 4 and 5 for a highly anticipated and historic first clash between varsity teams from each of UBC’s campuses.
Both the Heat and Thunderbirds have a decorated history within the CCAA and CIS respectively. The Thunderbirds are loaded with experience, having seven graduating players on the 2011-2012 roster.
The T-Birds will test the will, abilities and experience of reigning CCAA National Player of the Year Preston Tucker and fellow fifth-year players Spencer Brown and Mark Broome from the Heat.
The women will also have a notable standoff against the visiting Thunderbirds team in the first weekend of November. The Thunderbirds are coming off a season where they completed a four-peat to set a CIS record for most National titles with eight. Outside hitters Kyla Richey, Lisa Barclay and Shanice Marcelle will be returning to the squad for the 2011-12 season. Marcelle is the reigning CIS Player of the Year, and all three players were selected to play for Canadian National teams this summer.
Both Heat teams will open the Canada West season week earlier, Oct. 28 and 29 at home to the Univer
After experiencing some measure of success in CIS exhibitions the past few years including victories over Thompson Rivers University, Brandon University and the University of Calgary last fall, the Heat will have to test their mettle without captain and All-Canadian Caitlin Nyhus, who graduated from the University. Coach Steve Manuel will look to fourth year player Alex Basso to lead the way with Kelowna product Chandler Proch in her second year as the new starting setter.
The Heat will also face Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Regina, Calgary, Brandon, Trinity Western and Thompson Rivers during the 2011-12 season.
For complete Heat schedule visit goheat.ca.