LANGLEY, B.C. – The Trinity Western women’s volleyball team begins its best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series Friday night in Edmonton against the University of Alberta Pandas.
Canada West Quarter-Finals (best of three)
Friday, Feb. 23 vs. Alberta (15-9) – 3 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. Alberta (15-9) – 2 p.m. (PT)
Sunday, Feb 25 vs. Alberta (15-9) – 12 p.m. (PT) (if necessary)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans kick off their Canada West playoff campaign this Friday night in Edmonton against the Pandas, after finishing their regular season last weekend with two wins over Thompson Rivers.
• The Spartans and Pandas both finished the regular season with a 15-9 record, however, the Pandas won the tiebreaker (sets won divided by sets lost) for home-court advantage in the quarter-finals.
• Alberta sits at No. 8 in the U SPORTS Top 10 this week and come into the weekend with a six-game winning streak.
• This is the first time in 13 years the Spartans have not hosted a Canada West quarter-final series.
• For the third week in a row, TWU earned honourable mention in the national coaches’ poll.
• Katie Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) finished the year with a conference best 1.56 blocks per set at 1.56, and came in fifth for hitting percentage at .268
• Avery Heppell (Langley) finished second in the conference for blocks per set, at 1.38
• Alberta comes in fourth in team hitting percentage, at .214. TWU is fifth, at .196
• The last time these two teams played was Nov. 24-25 in Langley, where TWU won both games.
• With four Canada West schools earning qualification for the national tournament, the winner of the quarter-final series will automatically advance to the U SPORTS championship, held at Laval University on Mar 16-18.
• The Spartans 2016-17 Canada West quarter-final round was played against Mount Royal, where they won in two games.
• The winner of this game advances to the semifinal series Mar. 1-4, against the winner of the Calgary and Mount Royal quarter-final series.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD IN 2016-17
vs. Alberta (2-0)
Nov 24 – TWU 3 Alberta 1 (Langley)
Nov 25 – TWU 3 Alberta 2 (Langley)
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (15-9)
U SPORTS ranking: 11th
Canada West Standings: 5th
Last Weekend: Thompson Rivers (3-2 W), (3-1 W)
Streak: 2 wins
Regular Season Form: W-W-L-L-L
ALBERTA PANDAS (15-9)
U SPORTS ranking: 8th
Canada West Standings: 4th
Last Weekend: Brandon (3-0 W), (3-0 W)
Streak: 6 wins
Regular Season Form: W-W-W-W-W