NO. 3 SPARTANS HOST NO. 1 BISONS IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON WEEKEND

NO. 3 SPARTANS HOST NO. 1 BISONS IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON WEEKEND

LANGLEY, British Columbia – This weekend, volleyball fans in Langley will be treated to a pair of matches between two of the best teams in the country, as the No. 1-ranked Manitoba Bisons are in town to play the No. 3 Trinity Western Spartans Friday and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

WEEKEND PREVIEW
Friday, Feb. 24 vs. Manitoba (21-1) – 7 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 25 vs. Manitoba (21-1) – 7 p.m. (PT)

THE WEEKEND STORY
•    The Spartans come into the weekend likely destined to finish second or third in the Canada West standings. For TWU to pass Manitoba and take over first place, the Spartans need to win 3-0 on both nights. It’s likely that a split this weekend would see TWU finish second overall, while two losses would put them in third.
•    TWU has won five of its last six regular season matches against Manitoba. However, in their last meeting, the Bisons won in three sets Jan. 23, 2016.
•    Since splitting their opening-weekend series with Mount Royal, the Bisons have reeled off 20 straight wins. Over that span, they were only forced to five sets twice.
•    The Bisons are also riding a 20-set winning streak.
•    TWU’s Ryan Sclater is set to cap off an historic university career, as he will finish his time with the Spartans as the program’s all-time leader in kills as he is likely to finish seventh in Canada West history. He currently has 1,146 kills.
•    Sclater is also set to pass TWU assistant coach Steve Rogalsky for the Spartans career mark for points. Sclater has 1,333 and needs only nine points to pass Rogalsky. Passing the Spartan alum would put him sixth in Canada West history.
•    Sclater will also set the TWU mark for kills per set as he is currently at 4.30. He will also likely surpass his own Spartans record of 350 kills in a season. He has 340 entering the weekend.
•    TWU’s Blake Scheerhoorn is second in the conference with a .324 hitting percentage.
•    The Sparntas Aaron Boettcher is second in Canada West with 1.16 aces per set.
•    First-year Spartan Eric Loeppky leads Canada West with 0.53 aces per set while Boettcher is second with 0.53 per set.
•    TWU’s Adam Schriemer is second in the conference with 10.36 assists per set.
•    TWU leads the conference in aces per set (1.99) and points per set (16.8). The Spartans are second in hitting percentage (.307) and third in kills per set (12.61).
•    Manitoba is first in Canada West in hitting percentage (.315) and second in both aces per set (1.44) and blocks per set (2.53).
•    The Bisons Devren Dear is fourth in the conference with 4.00 kills per set and third with a .314 hitting percentage.
•    Dear enters the weekend with 1,340 career kills, which has him only 17 kills behind former Brandon Bobcat Paul Sanderson for second on the Canada West all-time career kills leaderboard. Former TRU star Brad Gunter tops the list with 1,476 kills.
•    Manitoba’s Luke Herr is fourth in Canada West with 10.05 assists per set and 0.44 aces per set.
•    Kenny Rooney is fifth in the conference with 1.03 blocks per set.

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (19-3)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 3
Canada West Standings: 2nd
Last Game: Winnipeg (3-2 W)
Streak: 1 win
Form: W-W-W-L-W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 14-10
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 4-0 (1st)

MANITOBA BISONS (21-1)
CIS ranking: No. 1
Canada West Standings: 1st     
Last Match: MacEwan (3-0 L)
Canada West Streak: 20 wins
Form: W-W-W-W-W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 19-5
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 2-2 (4th)

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