The Heat are fighting for a playoff position in the remaining 18 games of Canada West. Since the beginning of the Canada West Conference, the Heat have lost the first six games (0-6). Last year, In the 2017-2018 season, the Heat finished off with a strong record (19-9).
In two of their recent games, the Heat fell to the home team, Winnipeg Wesmen in three sets (25-22, 25-21, 25-20). On Friday, November 2nd. The following day, despite their vigorous energy in the later phase of the match, they fell the to the home team again in four sets (14-25, 23-25, 25-19, 23-25).
“Our Conference, Canada West, is arguably the toughest in the nation. Every weekend in Canada West is a battle, with either team having the opportunity to win,” said Assistant Coach Kosinski.
This year, the change in roster is one of the biggest challenges to the Heat. Coach Kosinski noted, “the big difference is our youth, we have graduated many great players these past 3 seasons. We have a young Heat team this season, after graduating Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Erin Drew, Michelle Jakszuk from last year.”
Despite the rough start to the conference, the Heat’s coaches are looking at the future and remaining games with confidence and optimism.
Coach Kosinski said: “Our team will look to 3rd year setter Natalie Livingston to provide stability in the setting position. First year Sydney Grills (Vancouver, BC) will provide a lot of offence for us on the left side, while Aidan Lee (Kelowna, BC) is back in the middle for us, providing the team with a big block to start our defense. Ann Richards will again be on the right side for us, providing a strong 6’3 block and producing some points as a 5th year attacker.”
the Heat will be back in action, playing in their home court against the Mount Royal this weekend on Friday at 6 P.M. They are also scheduled to play on Saturday at 5 P.M. Earlier in the preseason, the Heat lost to Mount Royal on September 28th with straight three sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-12). Students are encouraged to come and cheer the Heat.