SPARTANS HOST BRANDON LOOKING TO RETURN TO WIN COLUMN

SPARTANS HOST BRANDON LOOKING TO RETURN TO WIN COLUMN

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Coming off a pair of losses against No. 1-ranked Alberta, the No. 3 Spartans women’s volleyball team will host Brandon this weekend aiming to get back into the win column Friday and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

WEEKEND PREVIEW
Friday, Feb. 3 vs. Brandon (7-11) – 5 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 4 vs. Brandon (7-11) – 5 p.m. (PT)

THE WEEKEND STORY
•    This weekend’s series is a rematch of last year’s national championship quarter-final game, which saw the Spartans knock off Brandon in four sets. The Bobcats were the tournament hosts.
•    In that match, TWU’s Sophie Carpentier had 18 kills while Elly Wendel had 16 kills. Of Brandon’s returning players, Gillian Leech was the Bobcats top attacker on the night with 10 kills.
•    In last year’s regular season series, TWU beat Brandon in three sets on both nights in Brandon.
•    TWU is 16-6 all-time in the regular season against Brandon.
•    Including regular season and playoffs, TWU has won seven straight matches against the Bobcats.
•    TWU is 9-1 at home against Brandon in the regular season. Brandon’s only win against TWU in Langley was a five-setter Nov. 14, 2009.
•    After seeing their 12-match winning streak snapped against the top-ranked Pandas, the Spartans are looking for a sweep this this weekend, which would all but lock up home court advantage in the playoffs.
•    TWU’s Nikki Cornwall leads the conference with 10.35 assists per set.
•    Carpentier is second in Canada West with 4.22 kills per set. Wendel is fourth in the conference with 3.86 kills per set. Carpentier is also second in Canada West with 0.58 aces per set and is on pace to set the TWU single-season record. Current assistant coach Lies Verhoeff holds the Spartans and Canada West record at 0.56.
•    Carpentier is currently fourth all-time in Canada West for career kills, with 1,150. She is only 24 kills behind Rachel Cockrell, who is third overall. She is also second in career points with 1,379 and is only 13.5 behind current Alberta Panda Meg Casault.
•    Carpentier is also tied for second in Canada West in career aces with 146.
•    Ashtyn McKenzie is third in Canada West with 1.15 blocks per set, while Katie Devaney is fourth with 1.02 blocks per set.
•    Devaney is fourth in career blocks, with 370 and is only 14 behind Spartan alum Dayna Jansen Van Doorn for third. TWU alum Alicia Perrin is the all-time leader with 512.
•    Devaney is currently the all-time Canada West career leader in blocks per set with 1.37.
•    Brandon’s Leech leads Canada West with 251 total digs and is fifth in the conference with 3.64 digs per set.

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (15-3)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 3
Canada West Standings: 2nd    
Last Game: Alberta (3-2 L)
Streak: 2 losses
Form: W-W-W-L-L
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 20-4
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 4-0 (1st)

BRANDON BOBCATS (7-11)
CIS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 8th     
Last Match: Manitoba (3-0 W)
Canada West Streak: 2 wins
Form: W-W-L-W-W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 15-9
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 0-2 (5th – tied)

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