LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This week most of the Spartans teams are competing on the road, while only the men’s hockey team will play on home territory. The lone home game of the weekend will be Spartans hockey versus the Simon Fraser Clan at the Langley Events Centre. On the road, the basketball teams will remain close to home as they each play one game against the University of the Fraser Valley. Meanwhile, the Spartans volleyball teams will be competing against ranked teams in Manitoba. Finally the swim team is in Alberta for the Canada West championships to compete with the best in the West.

At home, the Spartans hockey team will play the unbeaten Simon Fraser squad in a game on the Spartans home ice. Last week the Spartans were pitted against Eastern Washington in a single game on Spartans home ice, which settled nothing after 60 minutes. Despite chances for both teams, the three periods resulted in a scoreless tie, bringing the Spartan record to 3-8-3. This week will be a challenge for the Spartans as they play SFU (12-0-3) who played and won one game last week. SFU had the better of Eastern Washington, coming out on top with a score of 6-2.

Trinity Western and Simon Fraser will play on Friday, with the opening faceoff scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. The game will be available to stream online at

The Spartans volleyball teams are back on the road this weekend, and will be playing a pair of games against the Manitoba Bison. The Spartans men’s team remains at No. 1 and unbeaten after a weekend sweep over the Winnipeg Wesmen. In the first game of the two game series, Trinity Western ended up the winner in a five-set game. On the following night the Spartans managed to sweep the Wesmen with sets of 25-19, 27-25, and 25-23, bringing the Spartan record to 14-0.

The Spartans will be in Manitoba to take on the No. 2 Bison, making this series the battle for the top of Canada West and the CIS standings. The Bison hold a 13-1 record following a two-win weekend at UBC. In the first game between the Thunderbirds and the Bison, Manitoba finished on top with a three-set game (25-22, 25-29, and 25-19). On the next night Manitoba once more had the upper hand in winning the first, third, and fourth sets with scores of 28-26, 25-14, and 25-18, respectively. UBC managed a second set win, but still ultimately fell in the 3-1 match. The outcome of this weekend could determine who wins the Canada West league title and an automatic berth in the CIS national championship.

Games will take place at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday in Winnipeg. will host live stats and live streaming video.

In women’s volleyball action the newly anointed No. 3 Spartans, up from No. 7, are coming off a stellar weekend with a sweep of the then No. 2 Winnipeg Wesmen. Trinity Western has a 10-4 record after their convincing wins against the Wesmen. In game one three of the four sets had to be extended, but in the end the Spartans held on to a 3-1 win, gaining the upper hand in sets of 28-26, 25-10, and 28-26 while dropping the third set 27-25. On the next day the Spartans came out swinging and swept the Wesmen 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-15).

The challenging Bison (9-5) are No. 6 in the country after falling in two games last weekend. Manitoba played the No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds on the UBC home court in Vancouver. In the first game the Bison were unable to take a set and wound up falling 3-0, with UBC winning sets of 25-10, 25-23, and 31-29. On the Saturday game the Bison were able to take one set with a score of 25-19, but were dropped by the Thunderbirds in the first, third and fourth sets for a 3-1 game.

The Spartans and Bison will meet at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Live stats and streaming video can be found at

Both basketball teams will travel to Abbotsford this Saturday to take on the University of the Fraser Valley. The site of the contest will be at the 7,000 seat Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Tickets are available at the AESC or at the TWU bookstore.

The men’s basketball team is on a hot streak. After a disappointing first half of the season, the Spartans have won six in a row and are back over .500 with an 8-6 record. Last weekend Trinity Western played Brandon and Regina on the road. The first game was against the Brandon Bobcats, in Brandon, Man. The Spartans managed a 105-74 win over the unranked Bobcats to extend the Spartan winning streak. On the next day the Spartans kept rolling with a 104-68 thrashing of the Regina Cougars.

The No. 10 UFV Cascades hold a 9-5 record and currently stand directly above the Spartans in Canada West standings. Last weekend the Cascades had the same opponents as the Spartans, Regina and Brandon. In the two games the Cascades came out with two wins, first an 86-73 win over Regina followed by an 85-75 game over Manitoba.

The Spartans and Cascades are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the AESC on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Spartans women’s basketball team will play the UFV Cascades in a single game in Abbotsford, B.C. Trinity Western has a 7-7 record after a split last weekend. First off, the Spartans played the Brandon Bobcats to a 63-41 Trinity Western win. But on the next night, the Spartans were matched up against the No. 1 Regina Cougars in Regina. The Spartans battled the Cougars for much of the contest, but would fall in the fourth quarter and end up dropping the contest 65-52 to the Cougars.

The No. 10 Fraser Valley team holds a 10-4 record after a split of their own last weekend. The Cascades were defeated 78-61 by the Cougars in the first game of their road trip. On the next night the Cascades made no mistake in getting the win, earning a 65-30 victory over Brandon.

The Cascades and Spartans will play at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Abbotsford, B.C.
In the pool, the Spartans are sending their team to Edmonton for the Canada West championships. The Spartans have had some impressive showings in the sophomore year of the program, and will be sending athletes to both the Canada West championships and the CIS championships.

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


Last Updated: 2012-01-24
Author: Scott Stewart

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