SPARTANS START 2017-18 SEASON IN SASKATOON, HOST UBCO IN HOME-OPENER

SPARTANS START 2017-18 SEASON IN SASKATOON, HOST UBCO IN HOME-OPENER

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western women’s volleyball team opens its 2017-18 Canada West regular season schedule on the road against Saskatchewan Oct. 20-21, before returning to the Langley Events Centre for its home-opening weekend Oct. 27-28 against UBC Okanagan.

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
•    The Spartans, who are the defending Canada West and U SPORTS bronze medallists, will open their home schedule with a rematch of last year’s Canada West bronze medal match against UBCO.
     o    TWU knocked off the Heat to earn the third and final Canada West berth at the U SPORTS championship. The Spartans have beat UBCO in the Canada West postseason in each of the last four years.
•    The Spartans host Alberta, who were last year’s Canada West champions and U SPORTS silver medallists, in an early season weekend series Nov. 24-25.
     o    Something about last year….
•    TWU and defending U SPORTS champion UBC will play a home and home series in the penultimate weekend of the regular season.
     o    Last year, the Spartans swept their two-match regular season series with the T-Birds. However, UBC went on to edge TWU in both the Canada West and U SPORTS semifinals.
•    The Spartans will host Mount Royal Nov. 17-18 in a rematch of last year’s Canada West Quarter-Final series, which saw TWU earn a two-match sweep with 3-0 and 3-1 victories.
•    This season marks a significant change to the conference post-season, as the number of playoff teams will rise from seven to eight, with best-of-three quarter-finals and semifinals leading to a single-game championship.
•    The conference eliminated the Final Four tournament in favour of a one-game championship hosted by the highest remaining seed. If Canada West has at least three berths to nationals – this year the conference has four berths – the higher team to have lost in the semis will host the bronze medal game.

2017 Spartans Women’s Volleyball Schedule (All Times PDT)
Regular Season
Oct. 20 – @ Saskatchewan – 5 p.m.
Oct. 21 – @ Saskatchewan – 5 p.m.
Oct. 27 – vs. UBC Okanagan – 6 p.m.
Oct. 28 – vs. UBC Okanagan – 5 p.m.
Nov. 10 – @ Brandon – 4 p.m.
Nov. 11 – @ Brandon – 3 p.m.
Nov. 17 – vs. Mount Royal – 6 p.m.
Nov. 18 – vs. Mount Royal – 5 p.m.
Nov. 24 – vs. Alberta – 6 p.m.
Nov. 25 – vs. Alberta – 5 p.m.
Dec. 1 – @ MacEwan – 5 p.m.
Dec. 2 – @ MacEwan – 4 p.m.
Jan. 5 – vs. Winnipeg – 6 p.m.
Jan. 6 – vs. Winnipeg – 5 p.m.
Jan. 12 – @ Manitoba – 4 p.m.
Jan. 13 – @ Manitoba – 5:45 p.m.
Jan. 19 – vs. Regina – 6 p.m.
Jan. 20 – vs. Regina – 5 p.m.
Feb. 2 – @ Calgary – 5 p.m.
Feb. 3 – @ Calgary – 3 p.m.
Feb. 9 – vs. UBC – 6 p.m.
Feb. 10 – @ UBC – 5 p.m.
Feb. 16 – @ Thompson Rivers – 6 p.m.
Feb. 17 – @ Thompson Rivers – 5 p.m.
Playoffs
Feb. 22-24 – Canada West Quarter-Finals
Mar. 1-3 – Canada West Semifinals
Mar. 9-10 – Canada West Final and Bronze Medal Match
Mar. 15-18 – U SPORTS Championships (Université Laval – Quebec City, Que.)

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