LANGLEY, B.C. – The No. 1-ranked Trinity Western men’s volleyball team (20-2) will take on No. 9 Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack (11-11) at the Tournament Capital Centre, as the Spartans look to secure first place in the Canada West standings and the Wolfpack push for a possible playoff spot.
Friday, Feb. 16 vs. Thompson Rivers University (11-11) – 6 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. Thompson Rivers University (11-11) – 5 p.m. (PT)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans are heading into their last weekend of regular season matches No. 1 in the national ranking and first in the conference standings.
• A pair of wins this weekend would clinch first place overall in Canada West. A first-place finish would ensure TWU home court advantage throughout the Canada West postseason.
• Seven of the WolfPack’s wins have been at home, which includes winning each of their last five at the Tournament Capital Centre. TRU is 7-4 overall on home court.
• The Wolfpack are riding a franchise best eight-match winning streak.
• A win for TRU this weekend would clinch a playoff spot for the WolfPack.
• Fourth-year Tim Dobbert (Aichelberg, Germany) currently leads the country with the highest kills per set average, with 4.13 kills per set.
• TWU’s Eric Loeppky is second in the conference, with 4.10 kills per set.
• First-year libero Landon Currie (Vernon, BC) is ranked third in Canada West in digs per set, with 2.34.
• The Spartans Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) leads all of U SPORTS in assists per set, averaging 10.63. Schriemer enters the weekend with 3,389 career assists, which is the fifth most in Canada West history. He trails former Winnipeg setter Josh McKay, who finished his career with 3,496 assists.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD in 2016-17
vs. TRU (2-0)
Jan. 13, 2017 – TWU 3 TRU 0 (Langley, B.C.)
Jan. 14, 2017 – TWU 3 TRU 1 (Langley, B.C.)
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (20-2)
U SPORTS Ranking: No. 1
Canada West Standings: 1st
Last Weekend: UBC (3-1 L), (3-2 W)
Streak: 1 wins
Regular season form: W-W-W-L-W
THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK (11-11)
U SPORTS Ranking: No. 9
Canada West Standing: 7th
Last Weekend: UBC Okanagan (3-1 W), (3-1 W)
Streak: 8 wins
Regular season form: W-W-W-W-W