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NO. 2 SPARTANS HOST RIVAL THUNDERBIRDS

LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western's No. 2-ranked men's volleyball team will host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Friday and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. This weekend marks the first meeting between the Canada West rivals since last years U SPORTS national championship match, where UBC ousted TWU to win gold.

WEEKEND PREVIEW
Friday, Jan. 25 vs. UBC – 8:00 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Jan. 26 vs. UBC – 7:00 p.m. (PT)

THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans will be looking for a piece of retribution this weekend after falling at the hands of the T-Birds in last year's final, giving UBC its first U SPORTS title in 35 years.
• However, over the years, TWU has typically had the T-Birds, with the Spartans entering the weekend with an all-time record of 40-16 against UBC.
• TWU is coming off a weekend sweep of Thompson Rivers (3-0, 3-0).
• TWU's Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) enters the weekend leading Canada West in hitting percentage (.386) and aces (0.63) and is third in kills per set (3.91).
• Matt Neaves leads UBC with 3.36 kills per set.
• As a team, the Spartans are 2nd in Canada West in kills per set (12.65), hitting percentage (.313), blocks per set (2.66), assists per set (12.08) and points per set (17.1).
• Conversely, UBC is 6th in kills per set (11.89), 9th in hitting percentage (.222), 8th in blocks per set (2.06), 5th in assists per set (11.26) and 5th in points per set (15.8).
• After only having two wins in there first 12 games, UBC is riding a four-game winning streak improving to 6-10.
• However, the Thunderbirds have yet to win on the road this season (0-10).
• The Spartans will also host a TRAC (Trinity Refugee Awareness Campaign) Night Friday to help raise funds and awareness for the organization.
• On Saturday, the Spartans will host a Bell Let's Talk event to raise awareness and end the stigma around mental health.

SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD IN 2017-2018
vs. UBC (1-1)
Feb. 9 – TWU 1 UBC 3 (vs. UBC)
Feb. 10 – TWU 3 UBC 2 (at UBC)

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (11-3)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 2
Canada West Standings: 4th
Last Weekend: Thompson Rivers (3-0 W, 3-0 W)
Streak: 2 Wins
Regular Season Form: W-L-L-W-W

UBC THUNDERBIRDS (6-10)
U SPORTS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 9th
Last Weekend: UBCO (3-0 W, 3-0 W)
Streak: 4 Wins
Regular Season Form: L-W-W-W-W

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