A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

SPARTANS THIS WEEK
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This week in Spartan action, the volleyball teams face the Calgary Dinos at the Spartans home in Langley, B.C. Meanwhile, in Calgary the Spartans basketball teams share the court with the Dinos. The Spartans hockey team faces off against the Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack for the second time this year before traveling to Okanagan College.

At the Langley Events Centre, the No. 1 Spartan women’s volleyball team (9-1) will welcome the No. 7 Calgary Dinos (6-4).  For the newly ranked No. 1 Spartans, this will be their first game since the end of November. On that weekend, Trinity Western swept the University of Winnipeg with scores of 3-2 and 3-1.  

The Dinos have a chance to move up in the standings, after two games against No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds last weekend. Calgary fell 2-3 in the first game, but proved to be up for a challenge as they rebounded for a 3-2 victory on the following night.

The Dinos and Spartans will clash on Friday, January 21 at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 5 p.m. Streaming video and live stats are available on the Spartan’s website, gospartans.ca.

The No. 3 Spartan men’s volleyball team (8-2) also competes in conference play for the first time since a weekend sweep against the Wesmen with two 3-0 games. The Spartans played over the holidays in a non-conference tournament, in which they won, sweepoing the Dinos in the final.

The No.4 Dinos are unbeaten in conference play with a 10-0 record. The Dinos bounced back from their tournament disappointment to beat UBC twice last weekend, with both game scores 3-2.

The Dinos will visit Langley, B.C. for the second time this month in games at 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Spartans host live stats and video at gospartans.ca.

In basketball play, the women’s Spartans team (1-15) will travel to the University of Calgary. The Spartans last games in Victoria resulted in 57-71 and 57-61 losses to the Vikes.  

Coming into the game on Friday, the Dinos sport a 4-10 record after falling in two games to the UBC Thunderbirds.  In Vancouver the Dinos lost 57-68 and 42-66.

Women’s basketball in Calgary starts at 6 p.m. MST on both Friday and Saturday. Live stats can be found at http://www.sidearmstats.com/calgary/wbball/index.htm, and streaming video is available at http://www.educationcdn.com/schools/dinos/.

Spartans men’s basketball also plays in Calgary this weekend, after another pair of wins last weekend against the Vikes.  The Spartans won an 86-84 nail-biter before finishing the weekend with a 74-65 win. This leaves Trinity Western at No. 5 in CIS rankings, with a 14-2 record and a current 12 game winning streak.

The Dinos last visited the UBC Thunderbirds and Vancouver, where they were handed losses of 63-74 and 82-91. This brings their record to 5-9 on the season.

The teams will hit the hardwood at 8 p.m. MST on both Friday and Saturday.  Online livestats are posted at http://www.sidearmstats.com/calgary/mbball/index.htm, and live video is streaming at http://www.educationcdn.com/schools/dinos/.

In men’s hockey action, the Spartans will host a feisty Thompson Rivers team in Langley, B.C., before travelling to Okanagan College in Kelowna, B.C. The Spartans found a winning touch in their last weekend of play, when they defeated the Wolf Pack 2-1, and Selkirk College 3-2.  

The Wolf Pack played UFV in Abbotsford, B.C. last weekend, scoring a 4-1 win over the University of the Fraser Valley. The Wolf Pack hold 2nd place in the BCIHL and a 12-2 record, with one of their losses handed to them by the Spartans.

Returning the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C., the WolfPack will play the Spartans at 7 p.m. on Friday. Live video can be found at gospartans.ca.

Okanagan College sports a 9-4-1 record coming into their game with the Spartans.  The Coyotes last played to a 2-2 draw with UFV on January 9. They welcome the Spartans to the Kelowna Memorial Arena on Saturday, with the puck dropping at 9 p.m.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2011-01-19
Author: Scott Stewart