ALL SPARTANS BACK IN ACTION.

SPARTANS THIS WEEK
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALL SPARTANS BACK IN ACTION.

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This week the Spartan indoor teams are in action across Western Canada. The volleyball teams are back in action at the Langley Events Centre, while the Spartan basketball teams take on a pair of teams in the prairies. Hockey will compete against Eastern Washington on home ice, while the track and field team rolls into Alberta for a meet.

After last weekend’s split against the Alberta Pandas, the Spartan women’s volleyball team is back in the Langley Events Centre for a pair of games against the No. 4 Winnipeg Wesmen. The Spartans stand at No. 8 in the country following their weekend against the Pandas.

On the first night, the No. 8 Spartans (8-4) were dominant in a 3-0 win over the No. 2 ranked Alberta team. The Pandas put up a fight, but still fell in the three sets with scores 25-21, 25-22, and 25-22. The following night was a different story as the Spartans were unable to capitalize on their momentum. Trinity Western took the first set 25-17, but then fell for two in a row with scores of 25-20 and 25-18. Despite the Spartan resurgence with a 26-24 fourth set win, the Spartans were nonetheless unable to finish their comeback and wound up falling 15-10 in the last set.

The Wesmen are on a hot streak that started in November, which has catapulted them to near the top of the standings. Last weekend Winnipeg was efficient in dispatching the Saskatchewan Huskies in two games. During the first of two games, the Wesmen swept the Huskies in a quick three sets, with scores of 25-17, 25-11, and 25-17. On the following night the competition heated up as the Huskies managed to take the first set 25-22, but were subsequently swept by the Wesmen in set scores of 25-17, 25-16, and 25-20.

The No. 7 Spartans and No. 2 Wesmen will clash in matches on Friday and Saturday night, with game times set for 6 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. Live stats and streaming video will be available at canadawest.tv.

Meanwhile, in men’s volleyball action the No. 1 Spartans keep on rolling. The Spartans hold a 12-0 record on the season and look to add to that with a pair of games against Winnipeg. Last weekend Trinity Western completed a historic sweep of the No. 3 Alberta Golden Bears. In the first game the Spartans ended up down a set after a 25-21 loss to the Bears. But that was their last set loss of the weekend, as they came back to win the next sets 25-23, 25-17, and 25-22. On the next day the Bears could not steal a set victory, and fell in three sets 25-20, 25-23, and 25-19 to the Spartans.

The Spartan opponent will be the No. 10 Winnipeg Wesmen, a team with a 6-8 record and a four game winning streak. Last weekend the Wesmen upset the then No. 10 Saskatchewan Huskies in two games on the Huskies home court. The first game between the two teams the Wesmen eked out a win by winning the second, third, and fifth sets in a 3-2 game. In the next battle between the teams the Wesmen made it four in a row with a 3-1 match win.

The game between the No. 1 Spartans and the No. 10 Wesmen takes place at the Langley Events Centre at 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Game stats and live streaming video during the game are available at canadawest.tv.

In basketball action, the Spartans women are at .500 after a pair of wins at the UBC-Okanagan Heat. Holding a 6-6 record, the unranked Spartans travel to the prairies to take on two different opponents this weekend. Last weekend during their games against UBC-O, the Spartans took both games with scores of 73-69 and 63-50.

The first Spartan opponent is the unranked Brandon Bobcats, a team still looking for their first win. Last weekend the Bobcats played a home-and-home series against the Winnipeg Wesmen, and came out on the losing end both games. The first game resulted in a 63-47 loss for the Bobcats, despite home court advantage. On the next day the Bobcats were defeated in a runaway 71-25 game in Winnipeg.

From the bottom of the standings to the top, the second team to take on the Spartans is the Regina Cougars. The No. 1 Cougars have a 11-0 record and are a force in Canada West women’s basketball. In their last games the Cougars proved their prowess in a pair of decisive wins over Manitoba with scores of 84-60 and 105-52.

The Spartans start the weekend in Brandon, Man. with a 6 p.m. game on Friday before playing a 6:15 p.m. game in Regina on Saturday. Both games will have live streaming video and live stats online at canadawest.tv.

Meanwhile the Spartan men’s basketball team has had a successful start to the year and are on a four game winning streak going into this weekend’s games against Brandon and Regina. Last weekend the unranked Spartan team went two-for-two as they swept the UBC-Okanagan Heat. Trinity Western first edged the Heat in a 83-77 game, then kept up their winning ways with a 83-56 rout.

The Spartans will first travel to the Brandon Bobcats court for a single game against the 5-7 Bobcats team. Last weekend Brandon earned a split against the Winnipeg Wesmen, in the form of a 70-56 Bobcats win followed by a 66-61 loss.

On Saturday the Spartan opponent will be a struggling Regina Cougars team. The Cougars are 3-8 after a pair of losses last weekend. In their first game of two against the Manitoba Bison, the Cougars were on the losing end of a 116-89 game. In the next game the Cougars cut down the Bison lead, but were unable to overcome and lost 94-83.

The games will be at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with canadawest.tv hosting live stats and online streaming video.

On the ice the Spartan men’s hockey team (3-8-2) is back in action at the Langley Events Centre. The Spartans have been on break since the beginning of December, when the Spartans lost a 6-2 game to the Okanagan Coyotes.
    
The Spartans will play Eastern Washington (5-8-1), a team that has been inactive since December. The last two league games that the team played resulted in a split against the University of Victoria. In their first game the Eagles made it a 3-1 win, but on the following night the Eagles were bested 5-0 by Victoria.

The Spartans will play on home ice at the Langley Events Centre at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 20.

Finally, in track and field action the Spartans will travel to Alberta for the Golden Bear Invitational. Last weekend the Spartans saw considerable success at the University of Washington Preview. Calum Innes and Emma Nuttall each won an event, while the rest of the team also had strong showings for the blue and gold.

To learn more about the Spartans follow them on Twitter @TWUSpartans or on Youtube/SpartansSID.

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Last Updated: 2012-01-17
Author: Scott Stewart

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