LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 7-ranked Trinity Western men's volleyball team hosts the No. 4 Alberta Golden Bears in a rematch of last year's Canada West championship to open its regular season home schedule this weekend and Langley Event Centre.
Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Alberta – 8 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Nov. 3 vs. Alberta – 7 p.m. (PT)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• This will be the first time TWU and Alberta have met since the CW gold medal match at the Langley Event Centre last year, which the Spartans won in four sets to take home their third straight conference title.
• Including the Canada West and U SPORTS playoffs, TWU has won six straight matches against Alberta. Their last loss was a four-setter on Jan. 27, 2017 in Edmonton.
• Both teams are undefeated this season with TWU sitting at 2-0 and Alberta at 4-0.
• TWU is first in hitting percentage in CW, at .344, while Alberta is third, hitting .267.
• Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) appears in the top five of two statistics, kills per set (5th at 3.78) and hitting percentage (1st at .382).
• On the Golden Bears side of things, Taryq Sani (Ajax, Ont.) sits fourth in CW for total number of kills with 56.
• This weekend marks the first time Spartans fans will see Aaron Boettcher back in the lineup in Canada West league play since 2016-17, as the star middle missed the entire 2017-18 with a shoulder injury.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD IN 2017-18
vs. Alberta (3-0)
Nov. 24 – TWU 3 Alberta 1 (Langley)
Nov. 25 – TWU 3 Alberta 0 (Langley)
Mar. 10 – TWU 3 Alberta 1 (Langley) | Canada West Gold Medal Match
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (2-0)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 7
Canada West Standings: 4th
Last Weekend: UBCO (3-1 W, 3-2 W)
Streak: 2 wins
Regular Season Form: W-W
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (4-0)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 4
Canada West Standings: 1st
Last Weekend: MRU (3-2 W, 3-2 W)
Streak: 4 wins
Regular Season Form: W-W-W-W
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As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.