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 basketball teams welcome the University of Saskatchewan to the Langley Events Centre for the weekend. The Spartan volleyball teams roll into Saskatchewan to play a pair of games in Saskatoon. In hockey action, the hockey team will hit the ice versus Thompson Rivers.

The women's basketball team welcomes the No. 1 University of Saskatchewan Huskies (14-2) to the court in Langley, B.C. this weekend. Last weekend, the Spartan women's basketball team (1-17) put up two solid efforts in Calgary, but the Spartans were unable to prevail and fell in both games, 80-62 and 70-64.

The Huskies come to Langley on a twelve game winning streak, one short of the program record, including two wins last weekend over the Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack, with scores of 78-60 and 86-64. Saskatchewan holds fast to the top spots in both Canada West and CIS rankings.

At the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. the games will start at 6 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Spartans host live stats and streaming video on Spartan website gospartans.ca.

In men's basketball, the Spartan team (16-2) faces a strong adversary in the defending CIS champion and No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies. The Spartans sit at No. 5 in CIS rankings and 2nd in Canada West after extending their winning streak to 14 games. Last weekend in Calgary the Spartans defeated the Dinos 96-87 and 92-77, breaking school winning streak records. The Spartans have now clinched a playoff position, but continue to battle for position.

But the Huskies, who are on a program best 10 game winning streak, will be a handful for the Spartans, as they hold a 13-3 record and have been an offensive powerhouse. In their last games, the Huskies trounced TRU 101-76 and 118-78, extending the Saskatchewan winning streak to ten games.

The two streaking teams will battle in the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. at 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Live stats and streaming video can be found at gospartans.ca.

On the volleyball court, the No.1 Spartan women's volleyball team (11-1) travels to Saskatchewan to play the unranked Saskatchewan Huskies. The Spartans lost only one set in their two games last weekend against the Calgary Dinos, and have clinched a playoff spot.

On the other end of the Canada West standings, the Huskies enter the weekend with a 1-11 record, including two 1-3 losses to the Wolf Pack last weekend.

In Saskatoon the games will start both Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. CST. The Huskies live streaming video can be found at http://www.educationcdn.com/schools/huskies/, and live stats are posted at http://huskies.usask.ca/livestats/Volleyball/Womens/201011/xlive.htm.

The No. 3 Spartan men's volleyball team (8-4) is also travelling to Saskatoon this weekend. Last weekend the Spartans fell in two games to the unbeaten No. 4 Calgary Dinos, with scores of 1-3 and 0-3.

In the Huskies, the Spartans face a team with a 1-11 record. Saskatchewan was unable to win a set last weekend, resulting in two 0-3 losses.  

The Spartans will battle for post season position in Saskatoon on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Live stats are available at http://huskies.usask.ca/livestats/Volleyball/Mens/201011/xlive.htm and streaming video can be found at http://www.educationcdn.com/schools/huskies/.

In the hockey arena, the Spartans will play the Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack for the third time in four weeks. The Spartans hold a 6-8-1 record going into the game in Kamloops, B.C. Last weekend the Spartans were unable to capitalize, falling 2-6 to Thompson Rivers and 3-8 to Okanagan College.  

The Wolf Pack sits on top of the BCIHL standings with a 12-2 record, after beating TWU 6-2 and shocking Selkirk College 12-2.  

The Spartans and Thompson Rivers face off at 8:30 p.m. in Kamloops, B.C.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2011-01-25
Author: Scott Stewart