Written by Jessica Bailey
LANGLEY, B.C. – The No. 1-ranked Trinity Western men’s volleyball team hosts No. 2 University of Alberta in the Canada West Championship Game, as the Spartans strive to earn their third consecutive conference title.
Saturday, March. 10 vs. University of Alberta – 8 p.m. (PT) | Langley Events Centre
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The weekend series will feature the two teams that have combined to win the last four Canada West championships. The Spartans have won the last two (2016 and 2017), while Alberta took home the conference banner in 2014 and 2015.
• TWU is pursuing its first-ever Canada West three-peat. Alberta was the last team to win three conference titles in a row, when the Bears won the championship in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.
• The championship game is a rematch of last year’s U SPORTS title game, which saw TWU beat the Bears in four sets to earn its second straight national championship.
• The Spartans and Bears also met in last year’s Canada West semifinal, with TWU winning in five-sets.
• This will be TWU’s seventh straight appearance in the Canada West championship game.
• The Spartans advanced to the final by beating Winnipeg in back-to-back three-set matches.
• Alberta threw an upset last weekend by defeating UBC, who were entered the semifinals No. 2 in the national rankings and finishes second overall in the Canada West standings. The Bears won the best-of-three semifinal series in two games, winning 3-2 and 3-1.
• TWU has won the conference title four times, taking the championship in 2007, 2012, 2016 and 2017.
• The Spartans have previously played in the conference final 10 times, settling for silver in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
• This will be TWU’s 11th appearance in the conference final. Amongst Spartans teams, the men’s volleyball team trails only the women’s soccer team, who has competed for the conference banner on 12 occasions, winning seven times.
• TWU fifth-year setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) was named the Canada West Player of the Year. He posted 920 assists this season, while guiding the TWU offence to a conference-leading .311 hitting percentage. He finished his career fifth in the conference on the all-time assists list with 3,448.
• Golden Bears second-year outside hitter Taryq Sani (Scarborough, Ont.) finished the regular season with the highest total kills in Canada West with 362 kills. Sani, who was named a Canada West First Team All-Star averaged 4.07 kills/set.
• The Spartans have won 18 straight playoff matches, dating back to 2015-16. TWU’s last playoff loss was against Calgary in Game 1 of their best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD in 2017-18
vs. Alberta (2-0)
Nov. 24, 2018 – TWU 3 Alberta 1 (Langley)
Nov. 25, 2018 – TWU 3 Alberta 0 (Langley)