Josh Doornenbal and Paul Lindemulder




LANGLEY, British Columbia -
Trinity Western University Spartans fans should be some kind of delighted with this year’s schedule. Quite peachy in fact.

The Spartans released the 2010-11 schedules for volleyball, basketball and soccer this week and this year’s sporting agenda has more home games than ever and is ripe with intriguing matchups and storylines.

The highlight of the season will no doubt be hosting the men’s volleyball CIS championship March 4-6 but, long before that, there are plenty of must-see games for Spartans fans and sporting fans alike.

The highlight of the pre-season schedule has to be the men’s basketball home game against the NCAA Div. I University of Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 3.

The Big Ten associated Golden Gophers, led by famed coach Tubby Smith, will come to Langley having competed in the NCAA Div. I Championship each of the last two years and having made it to the 2010 Big Ten conference championship.
Stephanie Carkner
This year’s men’s basketball schedule also includes four more home games (12 in total) as Canada West has created a 24-game schedule (six more than last year) that will see each team play each other twice.

Men’s basketball matchups of note include hosting last year’s CIS silver medalists from UBC (October 29-30) and last year’s CIS champions from Saskatchewan (January 28-29).

The women’s basketball team will also see an increase in home games as they, like the men, will play a 24-game balanced schedule.

Games of note for women’s basketball include hosting 2010 CIS bronze medalists Saskatchewan (January 28-29) and Regina (November 12-13), the team the Huskies beat to win bronze.

The men’s volleyball schedule is a packed one that includes hosting two tournaments – the Christian School’s Cup (October 15-17) and the Spartans Christmas Tournament (January 2-4) – and playing a bevy of preseason contests, of which six of them will be against Eastern Canada foes Dalhousie and New Brunswick.

A much-anticipated rematch of last year’s CIS gold medal game against Calgary will takes place in Langley January 21-22.

Natalie BoydThe women’s volleyball team also has a busy schedule this year and will kick off their Canada West season against three-time defending national champion UBC at War Memorial Gym (October 29-30). They will also host the West Coast Classic (October 22-24).

The men’s soccer team will start the Canada West portion of their schedule against last year’s Canada West bronze medalists from UBC (September 10) before returning home to play the defending Canada West champions from Victoria (September 17), followed by six of their next eight games at home. The Spartans will then finish the season with four games on the road.

The defending national champion women’s soccer Spartans start  their 2010-11 schedule on the road against Lethbridge (September 11) and Calgary (September 12) before coming home to play seven of their next nine games at home. The Spartans will host local rivals Victoria on October 9 and UBC on October 16.

For more information on Spartans athletics and complete schedules, click on the links within the story or go to

About TWU:

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport:

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit

About CWUAA:

"Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 13 schools, from Manitoba to B.C., the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in events such as the Olympics or Universiade Games."


Last Updated: 2010-07-26
Author: Mark Janzen