LANGLEY, B.C. – The No. 4-ranked Trinity Western University Spartans men's volleyball team will travel to Calgary this weekend in what is set to be an entertaining Top 10 tilt against the No. 3 Mount Royal Cougars. TWU is coming off a weekend split against the UBC Thunderbirds and now sits fourth in Canada West with a 12-4 record.
Friday, Feb. 1 at MRU – 7 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at MRU – 6 p.m. (PT)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans have won their last five regular season matches against the Cougars. TWU's last loss against MRU was Nov. 27, 2015 when the Cougars won in five sets in Langley.
• TWU is 10-2 all-time against MRU.
• TWU (12-4) sits just one win behind the Cougars (13-3) in the Canada West standings.
• A road sweep for the Spartans would see TWU move into sole possession of second place in the Canada West standings.
• This weekend marks the first match-up between powerhouse outside hitters Tyler Schmidt (Calgary, Alta.) and Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.).
• MRU's Schmidt sits first in Canada West with 4.65 kills per set, while TWU's Loeppky sits third with 3.74. Loeppky leads CW with a .368 hitting percentage.
• Only in his third year at the university level, Loeppky is already eighth all-time in career aces, with 118. Loeppky, who leads CW with 0.64 aces per set this year, trails three TWU alums on the list, including Josh Howatson (3rd in CW at 129), Nick Del Bianco (5th at 123) and Steve Rogalsky (6th at 122).
• Riding a six-game winning streak, MRU has won 11 of its last 12 regular season matches
SPARTANS HEAD TO HEAD IN 2017-18
vs. MRU (2-0)
Nov. 17 – TWU 3 MRU 0
Nov. 18 – TWU 3 MRU 0
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (12-4)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 4
Canada West Standings: 4th
Last Weekend: UBC (3-1 L, 3-0 W)
Streak: 1 Win
Regular Season Form: L-W-W-LW
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (13-3)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 3
Canada West Standings: 2nd
Last Weekend: MacEwan (3-1 W, 3-0 W)
Streak: 6 Wins
Regular Season Form: W-W-W-W-W