Written by Katie Maryschuk
LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s women’s volleyball team hosts No. 4-ranked UBC Friday night in the Spartans last home game of the regular season. The Spartans will then head to UBC Saturday night to play the Thunderbirds in Vancouver.
Friday, Feb. 9 vs. UBC (16-4) – 6 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 10 vs. UBC (16-4) – 5 p.m. (PT)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans hope to get back on the winning track after two losses to the Dinos last weekend in Calgary.
• TWU received honourable mention in the U SPORTS Top 10 this week, falling from No. 9 last week to 11th overall in the national coaches’ poll.
• The No. 4-ranked Thunderbirds come into this home-and-home weekend after splitting with Regina last Friday and Saturday. The Spartans also split with the Cougars in recent weeks, as they lost a five-setter Jan. 19 before winning in four sets the following night.
• For the third week in a row, Katie Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and Avery Heppell (Langley) hold the first and second positions in the conference standings for blocks per set, now at 1.56 and 1.44 apiece.
• Devaney enters the weekend second in Canada West history in career blocks, with 506. She trails Spartan alum Alicia Perrin, who had 512 career blocks, for top spot in both the TWU and Canada West record books.
• Devaney has 117 blocks this year, which is 10 blocks shy of her single-season high of 127.
• The Spartans sit fifth for hitting percentage in Canada West at .193.
• Hilary Howe (Calgary) is ninth in the conference for kills per set at 3.31.
• The Spartans lead in the conference in aces per set at 2.29.
• UBC’s Kiera Van Ryk is third in Canada West, with 3.88 kills per set.
• UBC leads the conference in kills per set, with 13.26.
• A TWU win this weekend would clinch a playoff spot for the Spartans. UBC has already clinched a playoff spot.
• The last time these two teams met was in the U SPORTS championship semifinal, when UBC earned a three-set win before going on to claim the national title.
• The Thunderbirds also beat TWU in the Canada West semifinals last year, winning in four sets.
• Graduating seniors Rachel Flink (Surrey, B.C.) and Devaney will be honoured in a post-match ceremony Friday.
SPARTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD IN 2016-17
vs. UBC (2-2)
Nov. 25 – TWU 3 UBC 0 (Vancouver)
Nov. 26 – TWU 3 UBC 1 (Langley)
Mar. 10 – UBC 3 TWU 1 (Edmonton) – Canada West Semifinal
Mar. 18 – UBC 3 TWU 0 (Toronto) – U SPORTS Semifinal
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (13-7)
U SPORTS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 4th
Last Weekend: Calgary (3-0 L), (3-2 L)
Streak: 2 losses
Regular Season Form: W-L-W-L-L
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (16-4)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 4
Canada West Standings: 3rd
Last Weekend: Regina (3-2 L), (3-1 W)
Streak: 1 win
Regular Season Form: W-W-L-L-W