The Heat men’s volleyball have yet to the win a game in the Canada west conference; however, Brad Hudson, the head coach of the team, anticipates great success for the young players.
The Heat fell to the contentious Saskatchewan Huskies in their home gymnasium to a straight three set losses on November 30th (25-19, 25-17, 25-19). Despite that, the Heat put up a tough fight on the following day, with several outstanding performances in their third set. Brennan Goski and Matt Aubrey combined for ten of the Heat’s 12 kills. But the Heat still fell short in the fourth set (14-25, 24-26, 25-18, 22-25).
One of the biggest challenges the young Heat has had to face this season is the multiple injuries the players have sustained..
Coach Hudson said, “We have a roster of 17 and 12 of them have missed at least one week due to injury or illness. If you couple injury and an extremely young roster you are bound to face challenge.”
However, Coach Hudson sees great potential in the team. He added, “I like our group a lot. They have worked exceptionally hard under very trying circumstances.”
The Heat will be traveling to Waterloo with the women’s team to have their training sessions. They will be arranged to have three practice matches with excellent competition as a way to prepare for the second half season.
In regards to the remaining games, Coach Hudson said, “we are all very much looking forward to being back on our home court. I’m 100% confident this group will be better for any adversity going forward. It’s not ‘if’ Heat men’s volleyball will win in Canada West. It’s ‘when.’”
Next up in 2019, the Heat will be playing their first match in their home sports gymnasium against the Calgary Dinos on January 4 at 8 PM as well as the following day at 7 PM. Students are encouraged to come and cheer for the Heat.