LANGLEY, B.C. – The national champion Trinity Western men’s volleyball team will launch its title defence on the road against fellow Canada West power Alberta in a monster season-opening matchup Oct. 18-19. The Spartans return home the following weekend to host Winnipeg Oct. 25-26 at the Langley Events Centre.
While a variety pack of exciting home matches await the Spartan Faithful, the home weekend everyone will have circled on the calendar is Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, when TWU hosts Brandon in a rematch of last year’s U SPORTS championship final, which the Spartans won in three sets, and last year’s Canada West final, which the Bobcats won in five sets. Last year, Brandon topped the regular season standings with a 20-2 record while the Spartans were second in CW with an 18-4 mark.
Beyond hosting Brandon and Winnipeg, TWU’s home schedule also features weekend dates with MacEwan (Nov. 1-2), Saskatchewan (Nov. 22-23), Mount Royal (Jan. 10-11) and UBC Okanagan (Jan. 17-18). Of those four opponents, Mount Royal (15-7) and Saskatchewan (12-10) are the on-paper standouts as they both finished the 2018-19 regular season amongst the top five in the conference, with MRU making it to last year’s Canada West semifinals.
On the road, the Spartans will travel to play Manitoba (Nov. 15-16), Calgary (Nov. 28-29), UBC (Jan. 24-25) and Thompson Rivers (Feb. 14-15). TWU’s season-ending weekend will be a rematch of last year’s semifinals in which the Spartans ended the WolfPack’s season with back-to-back victories at the LEC. The weekend set with the T-Birds is also a playoff rematch from last year, as TWU beat UBC in a three-match quarter-final series.
The Spartans 22-match schedule features 12 home games, 10 road games and three bye weekends (Nov. 8-9, Jan. 3-4 and Feb. 7-8).
Winners of three of the last four U SPORTS championships, the Spartans enter the 2019-20 season on a quest for their seventh national title in program history. The University of Manitoba will host this year’s championship tournament Mar. 12-15.
For fans looking to watch every conference game, 2019-20 Canada West TV passes are now on sale, with the best early-bird pricing available until the end of June. An all-access pass ($79.99), or a volleyball sport pass ($31.99), can be purchased by clicking here.
2019-20 CANADA WEST SCHEDULE
All HOME games are at the Langley Events Centre.
Oct. 18 – @ Alberta – 6 p.m.
Oct. 19 – @ Alberta – 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 – vs. Winnipeg – 8 p.m.
Oct. 26 – vs. Winnipeg – 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 – vs. MacEwan – 8 p.m.
Nov. 2 – vs. MacEwan – 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 – @ Manitoba – 7:45 p.m.
Nov. 16 – @ Manitoba – 5 p.m.
Nov. 22 – vs. Saskatchewan – 8 p.m. (Building B)
Nov. 23 – vs. Saskatchewan – 7 p.m. (Building B)
Nov. 28 – @ Calgary – 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 29 – @ Calgary – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 – vs. Mount Royal – 8 p.m.
Jan. 11 – vs. Mount Royal – 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 – vs. UBC Okanagan – 8 p.m.
Jan. 18 – vs. UBC Okanagan – 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 – @ UBC – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 – @ UBC – 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 – vs. Brandon – 8 p.m.
Feb. 1 – vs. Brandon – 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 – @ Thompson Rivers – 5 p.m.
Feb. 15 – @ Thompson Rivers – 7 p.m.
Feb. 20-23 – Quarterfinals (Best 2 of 3)
A:5@4, B:6@3, C:7@2, D:8@1)
Feb. 27-Mar. 1 – Semi-Finals Hosted at Highest Remaining Seed (Best 2 of 3)
Winner of Series A vs Winner of Series D
Winner of Series B vs Winner of Series C
Mar. 7 – CW Gold Medal – Single Elimination Game at highest remaining seed
CW Bronze Medal – Single Elimination Game at highest remaining seed
(Bronze only played if needed to determine U SPORTS reps)
Mar. 12-15 – U SPORTS Championship – @ University of Manitoba
2019-20 SCHEDULE RELEASES
Tuesday, June 11: Basketball (men’s and women’s)
Wednesday, June 12: Hockey (men’s and women’s)
Thursday, June 13: Soccer (men’s and women’s)
About Canada West
Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.
Canada West – training leaders, building champions.
About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 11 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field, as well as women’s rugby sevens. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey and as an independent team in men’s rugby. The men’s and women’s hockey programs will begin playing in Canada West and U SPORTS in 2020-21. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 12 U SPORTS team championships and 27 Canada West team championships and two BCIHL championships.