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LANGLEY, British Columbia – The three-time defending Canada West champion Trinity Western men’s volleyball team will begin its quest for a four-peat with a road trip to play UBC Okanagan (Oct. 26-27) before returning to the Langley Events Centre to host Alberta in a critical home-opening weekend (Nov. 2-3). The Canada West regular season schedule was announced Wednesday.

The fall semester will be highlighted by the annual series with the Golden Bears as this year it will represent a rematch of last year’s Canada West final, which TWU won in four set.

In the second semester, TWU fans should circle the Jan. 25-26 weekend, as the Spartans will host UBC on both nights in a rematch of last year’s U SPORTS championship game. The Thunderbirds knocked off TWU in three sets to snuff out the Spartans shot at a U SPORTS three-peat.

Following the first two weekends of the year, the first semester has TWU travelling to play Winnipeg, who the Spartans beat in last year’s Canada West semifinal series, and Saskatchewan before hosting Calgary in the final weekend of the opening semester.

Prior to their second-semester series with UBC, the Spartans will be on the road in Brandon before hosting Thompson Rivers in mid-January.

TWU will end the season with road trips to Mount Royal and MacEwan before finishing the year on home court against Manitoba.

Last year, TWU finished atop the Canada West regular season standings with a 22-2 record.

The Université Laval will host this year’s U SPORTS championships Mar. 14-17.

The Canada West men’s volleyball schedule differs slightly from the women’s schedule with the subtraction of the University of Regina after the Cougars cut their men’s volleyball program.

REGULAR SEASON (all times Pacific)
Fri. 26 at UBC Okanagan 8:00 PM
Sat. 27 at UBC Okanagan 7:00 PM

Fri. 2 Alberta 8:00 PM
Sat. 3 Alberta 7:00 PM
Fri. 9 at Winnipeg 5:45 PM
Sat. 10 at Winnipeg 3:00 PM
Fri. 16 at Saskatchewan 6:00 PM
Sat. 17 at Saskatchewan 6:00 PM
Fri. 30 Calgary 8:00 PM

Sat. 1 Calgary 7:00 PM

Fri. 4 at Brandon 5:45 PM
Sat. 5 at Brandon 4:45 PM
Fri. 18 Thompson Rivers 8:00 PM
Sat. 19 Thompson Rivers 7:00 PM
Fri. 25 UBC 8:00 PM
Sat. 26 UBC 7:00 PM

Fri. 1 at Mount Royal 7:00 PM
Sat. 2 at Mount Royal 6:00 PM
Fri. 8 at MacEwan 6:30 PM
Sat. 9 at MacEwan 5:30 PM
Fri. 15 Manitoba 8:00 PM
Sat. 16 Manitoba 7:00 PM

Feb. 21-24 Canada West Quarter-Finals
Feb. 28-Mar. 3 Canada West Semifinals
Mar. 9 Canada West Gold and Bronze Medal Matches
Mar. 14-17 U SPORTS Championship (Université Laval)

About TWU
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in CIS sports. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.