NO. 4 SPARTANS WELCOME MOUNT ROYAL FOR QUARTER-FINAL SERIES

NO. 4 SPARTANS WELCOME MOUNT ROYAL FOR QUARTER-FINAL SERIES

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 4 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team will begin its Canada West championship defence this weekend as the Spartans host Mount Royal in a Canada West Quarter-Final best-of-three series, starting Thursday at the Langley Events Centre.

WEEKEND PREVIEW
Game 1 | Thursday, Mar. 2 vs. Mount Royal (12-12) – 7 p.m. (PT)
Game 2 | Friday, Mar. 3 vs. Winnipeg (12-12) – 7 p.m. (PT)
Game 3 | Saturday, Mar. 4 vs. Winnipeg (12-12) – 7 p.m. (PT) (if necessary)

PLAYOFF PREVIEW
•    The Spartans will be hosting a Canada West playoff series for the 12th consecutive year.
•    TWU has advanced to the Canada West Final Four in each of the last eight years.
•    The Spartans are 14-0 in the playoffs at the Langley Events Centre.
•    This will be the first playoff meeting between TWU and MRU. The Spartans are 10-0 all-time in the regular season against the Cougars and have only lost two sets over that span.
•    This year, TWU beat the Cougars 3-1 and 3-0 in Calgary.
•    The matchup features the top attacking team in the conference, with TWU leading Canada West with 12.86 kills per set and a .238 hitting percentage, against the fourth best digging team in the conference, with MRU averaging 14.12 digs per set.
•    TWU finished the year in the top two in Canada West in points per set (17.9 – 1st), assists per set (11.99 – 1st), hitting percentage (.238 – 1st), kills per set (12.86 – 1st), blocks per set (2.62 – 2nd) and aces per set (2.42 – 2nd).
•    The Spartans come into this weekend’s series winners of six straight matches and 18 consecutive sets.
•    MRU enters the post-season riding a five-match winning streak. However, the Cougars were 2-10 against playoff-bound opponents this year.
•    TWU’s Sophie Carpentier set the TWU record for aces in a season with 48, which was the second best single-season serving performance in Canada West history.
•    Carpentier finished her regular season university career with the second best aces per set average in conference history at 0.460. TWU alum Kelci French is third at 0.437. Carpentier also finished in a tie for third in conference career aces at 156.
•    Carpentier had the fifth most points in a single season in conference history and the most points in a season in Spartans history with 422.5.
•    Carpentier, who averaged 4.22 kills per set (2nd in CW) finished with the best single-season kill total in TWU history and the seventh best in conference history, at 350. She finished her career third in conference history with 1,226 kills.
•    Nikki Cornwall set the TWU record for set assists average in a season, at 10.590. Her average is the seventh best season-long average in conference history. Her 879 assists is the fifth best mark in Canada West history. Cornwall set the conference record last year at 920.
•    Katie Devaney moved into third in Canada West history and second in Spartans history in career blocks, with 387. She passed TWU alum Dayna Jansen Van Doorn, who had 384. Alicia Perrin has the conference and TWU record at 512 blocks.
•    Ashtyn McKenzie led TWU and was fourth in Canada West with 1.08 blocks per set this year.
•    Mount Royal’s Maddi Quinn led Canada West with 3.83 digs per set.
•    Alex Donaghy led the Cougars with 2.69 kills per set this season.

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (21-3)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 4
Canada West Standings: 2nd    
Last Game: Manitoba (3-0 W)
Streak: 6 wins
Form: W-W-W-W-W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 20-4
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 4-0 (1st)

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (12-12)
CIS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 7th     
Last Match: MacEwan (3-2 L)
Streak: 5 wins
Form: W-W-W-W-W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 11-13
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 0-2 (5th)

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