A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

SPARTANS THIS WEEK
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011

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A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD FOR THE TWU SPARTANS

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This weekend is a busy one for the Spartans, who come to play after radically different results last weekend. First up are the Trinity Western volleyball teams, who play at home against the UBC Okanagan Heat, as the Heat continue their inaugural season in the CIS. Meanwhile, the Spartan basketball teams will travel east for two games against as many opponents.  The Spartan hockey team is back in action and looking to maintain momentum against a pair of tough teams. Finally, a select few from the Spartan cross country team will participate in the Canadian Championships.

This weekend the women’s volleyball team faces the UBC-O Heat in a couple of games on home court at the Langley Events Centre.

The unranked Spartans are 4-2 after a pair of wins against the Regina Cougars last weekend. In front of their home fans for the first time this season, the Spartan women were 3-1 in the home opener, dispatching their opponent with set scores of 25-23, 25-15, and 25-19, with the only misstep being a 25-23 set loss to the Cougars.

In the next game, the Spartans would not make the same mistake and ended up with a three-set win over their Regina counterparts. The Cougars would keep the games close, but the Spartans managed the win with a pair of 25-23 sets and a 25-22 set to wrap up the win.

Meanwhile, the Heat are still settling in to the intensity of CIS competition. In their six games so far, the Heat have a 2-4 record, including last weekend’s split against Manitoba. In the first game of two, the Heat managed to edge Manitoba with a 3-2 win. The Heat took the first, third, and fifth sets with scores of 25-17, 25-23, and 15-13 respectively. In the next game the Heat won the first set 25-19, but were unable to take another set and wound up with a 3-1 loss to Manitoba.

In men’s volleyball action, the No. 1 Spartans remain on top with last weekend’s sweep of Regina. This weekend they will also take on the UBC-O Heat in the Spartan quest for a second consecutive CIS Championship.

Playing against an unranked Regina team, the Spartans gave no quarter in a strong 3-0 win. The first two sets were dominated by the Spartans with scores of 25-15 and 25-10. In what would be the final set, the Spartans were deadly in getting a 25-23 set victory to finish the game.

The next night saw a similar result as the Spartans won the first, third, and fourth sets with scores of 25-10, 25-16, and 25-15. The win brought the Spartan record to 6-0 as they stay on top in CIS rankings.

The Spartan opponent will be the 3-3 UBC-O Heat. After starting off hot, the Heat are in a three game losing streak in which they haven’t been able to win a set. Their last weekend was a pair of 0-3 losses to the Manitoba Bison.

The Spartan teams will take on the Heat at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. On Friday the games will started at 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men, whereas Saturday games will start at 5 p.m. for the women’s teams and 7 p.m. for men’s volleyball. Live streaming stats and streaming video will be available at canadawest.tv.

On the basketball court, the Spartan women’s basketball team goes on a road trip after a disappointing weekend against rival UBC. The Spartans will face the Alberta Pandas before hopping the next provincial border to compete against the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Last weekend was disheartening for the Spartans as they were unable to steal a win from the No. 3 UBC Thunderbirds. In the first game, the Thunderbirds rode a strong first quarter to a 12 point lead by the buzzer and a 76-64 win.

In the next game the Spartans got off to a hot start, and by early in the fourth quarter the team had a 16-point lead. However, the Thunderbirds were not finished and surprised with a strong fourth quarter to put them ahead. In the end, the Thunderbirds got the 66-61 win to give the Spartans a 2-4 record.

The first opponent of the Spartans is the No. 5 Alberta Pandas, who have a perfect 6-0 record.  The Pandas were efficient in dispatching the Winnipeg Wesmen last weekend, and gained wins with scores of 53-31 and 62-39.

The Spartans will then take on the No. 6 Saskatchewan Huskies. The Huskies surprised everyone by starting the season with a three game losing streak, although they have recovered with a pair of wins last weekend against Lethbridge by scoring 62-55 and 81-59.

Games will be broadcast online via canadawest.tv, with game times set for 5 p.m. PST on Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Spartan men find themselves with a 2-4 record, but things are not about to get any easier as the Spartans have games against Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Spartans added two losses to their record last weekend against the No. 4 UBC Thunderbirds, falling with scores of 104-75 and 103-70.

The No. 5 Alberta Golden Bears are 4-2 after an upset by Winnipeg last weekend. In the first of two games between the teams, the Winnipeg Wesmen made it a 71-70 win. But the Golden Bears were relentless on the following night, earning an 84-56 win.

The next stop on the road trip will be to take on the No. 7 Saskatchewan Huskies. The Huskies have a 3-2 record after last week’s pair of wins against Lethbridge with scores of 83-67 and 74-65.

The first game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday against Alberta, with the Saskatchewan game following on Saturday at 7 p.m. Canadawest.tv hosts live stats and live streaming video.

Back on ice after a weekend bye, the Spartans will play host to Eastern Washington and Thompson Rivers at the Langley Events Centre. In their last weekend of play, the Spartans (3-6-1) ended a string of disappointing games with two wins over Selkirk, the first a 5-2 win and the second a 4-3 come from behind thriller.

Their first challenger will be Eastern Washington (4-5), a team that last played against Okanagan College, coming out on the wrong end of a 7-3 game.

The Thompson Rivers WolfPack are also returning to the Langley Events Centre for what is sure to be an action-packed tilt. The WolfPack are 4-3-2 after two wins against the Victoria Vikes last weekend. The WolfPack scored a total of ten goals in their two games, leading to 5-1 and 5-3 wins over the Vikes.

The first game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre. The TRU match will be a matinee on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both games will be available for live streaming video at langleyeventscentre.com.

Finally, the Spartan cross country team will compete in the Canadian Championships in Vancouver. The Spartans will send a select few team members to participate in the event at Jericho Beach on Saturday.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2011-11-22
Author: Scott Stewart

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