NO. 3 SPARTANS TAKE ON MANITOBA IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

NO. 3 SPARTANS TAKE ON MANITOBA IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western’s women’s volleyball team is back at home this weekend as they host Manitoba in the final weekend of the regular season Friday and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

WEEKEND PREVIEW
Friday, Feb. 24 vs. Manitoba (6-16) – 5 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 25 vs. Manitoba (6-16) – 5 p.m. (PT)

THE WEEKEND STORY
•    While the idea of finishing first in Canada West seemed like a pipe dream just a few weeks ago, a pair of Alberta losses to UBC opened the Spartans window of opportunity. If TWU sweeps Manitoba and the Pandas split on the road against Calgary, the Spartans would be in good shape to win a tiebreaker to capture top spot in the conference.
•    The Spartans have never finished first overall in the regular season standings. The first-place finishing team gets a bye to the Canada West Final Four and hosts the event.
•    TWU, who is 19-3, has never won more than 20 games in a single season. Last year was the first time the team had ever hit the 20-win plateau.  
•    TWU is 10-1 on home court this year. The Spartans only loss was a five-setter against Calgary in early November.
•    The Spartans come into the final weekend ranked first in Canada West in kills per set (12.81), hitting percentage (.232), assists per set (11.95), blocks per set (2.58) and points per set (17.8).
•    TWU’s Sophie Carpentier has had one of the best individual seasons in Spartans history as she is second in Canada West with 4.17 kills per set, second in hitting percentage at .295 and first in aces per set, at 0.60.
•    With 46 aces already this year, Carpentier has already set the TWU record for aces in a season. She is four aces behind the Canada West single-season record of 50 held by Thompson Rivers’ Iuliia Pakhomenko. She is also on pace to break the conference record for aces per set as the record, which is held by Spartan alum and TWU assistant coach Lies Reimer, stands at 0.56.
•    She is also on pace to post the best single-season kills per set average in TWU history as her 4.17 current average would surpass her own 4.14 mark from 2013-14.
•    Carpentier is enters the weekend fourth in Canada West for career kills, with 1,197 kills.
•    Carpentier has 1,440 career points, which has her second only to active Alberta outside Meg Casault. She already owns TWU’s single-season record for points in a set, with 390.
•    Carpentier is tied for third in Canada West for career aces with UBC Okanagan's Emily Oxland, with 154.
•    The Spartans Nikki Cornwall is also at the top of the conference in assists per set with 10.56.
•    Ashtyn McKenzie is fourth in the conference with 1.05 blocks per set.
•    Manitoba setter Sydney Booker is the lone Bisons player in the top five in Canada West in any major statistical category as she is fourth with 8.92 assists per set.
•    TWU is 11-1 over their last 12 regular season meetings with the Bisons.

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (19-3)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 3
Canada West Standings: 2nd    
Last Game: Winnipeg (3-0 W)
Streak: 4 wins
Form: L-W-W-W-W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 20-4
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 4-0 (1st)

MANITOBA BISONS (6-16)
CIS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 10th (tied)     
Last Match: MacEwan (3-2 L)
Streak: 10 losses
Form: L-L-L-L-L
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 3-21
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: Did Not Qualify

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