LANGLEY, B.C. – The No. 1-ranked Trinity Western men’s volleyball team (22-2) will take on the No. 10 Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack (11-13) in the Canada West quarter-finals best-of-three playoff series, starting Thursday at the Langley Events Centre.
Thursday , Feb. 22 vs. Thompson Rivers (11-13) – 7 p.m. (PT)
Friday, Feb. 23 vs. Thompson Rivers (11-13) – 7 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. Thompson Rivers (11-13) – 8 p.m. (PT) (if necessary)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans will play TRU in the Canada West quarter-finals for the fourth time in last 10 years, with the Spartans holding a 5-2 all-time record in the post-season against the WolfPack.
• In 2008-09, the Spartans lost a three-match quarter-final series at home against TRU, while in both 2010-11 and 2014-15, TWU won their quarter-final matchup in two games on home court.
• This series will see the WolfPack and Spartans play for the second week in a row after the teams met in Kamloops, B.C. last Friday and Saturday, with TWU winning both matches in three sets.
• Last weekend’s matchup had both teams hiding their cards as they anticipated seeing each other again in the first round of playoffs. The Wolfpacks Tim Dobbert (Aichelberg, Germany), who finished the season atop Canada West with 4.13 kills per set, did not dress for either game against the Spartans. Meanwhile, the Spartans also threw out a different line up with outside Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) playing on the right side.
• As a team, TWU finished the regular season first in Canada West in hitting percentage (.311), assists per set (12.20) and points per set (17.1). The Spartans were second in aces per set, with 1.86.
• By comparison, TRU was ninth in hitting percentage (.203), 11th in assists per set (10.00), ninth in points per set (14.0) and eighth in aces per set (1.31).
• TWU is the two-time defending Canada West and U SPORTS champions.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD in 2017-18
vs. TRU (2-0)
Feb. 16, 2018 – TWU 3 TRU 0 (Kamloops, B.C.)
Feb. 17, 2018 – TWU 3 TRU 0 (Kamloops, B.C.)
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (22-2)
U SPORTS Ranking: No. 1
Canada West Standings: 1st
Last Weekend: TRU (3-0 W, 3-0 W)
Streak: 3 wins
Regular season form: W-L-W-W-W
THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK (11-13)
U SPORTS Ranking: No. 9
Canada West Standing: 8th
Last Weekend: TWU (3-0 L, 3-0 L)
Streak: 2 losses
Regular season form: W-W-W-L-L