Another busy weekend for the Spartans

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(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – It’s another busy weekend for the Spartans as every team except the cross country teams are in action including soccer, hockey and basketball at home and volleyball on the road.

WEEKLY PREVIEW – OCTOBER 14 to 20

WOMEN’S SOCCER

THIS WEEK

Oct. 17 vs. Fraser Valley – 5 p.m.

Oct. 19 @ UBC – 12 p.m.

The Spartan women’s team wraps up the regular season this weekend by hosting Fraser Valley Friday before travelling to UBC Sunday. The last time TWU played UFV was on Sept. 5, they walked away with a 2-1 win, while the Spartans beat UBC 3-0 this past weekend.

JUST WON’T STOP

The Spartans seem to be unstoppable this season as they improved their winning streak to eight games after this last weekend. The Spartans are tied with Laval for the second longest current winning streak in the CIS. Ottawa is currently riding a CIS-leading 12-game winning streak

BY THE NUMBERS

Trinity Western remains undefeated in the regular season with 9-0-1 overall. With Victoria dropping out of the ranks of the unbeaten after its loss to TWU, the Spartans are now among just three teams in the CIS that are undefeated. The other two teams are Acadia (5-0-5) and UOIT (11-0-2).

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 10 – TWU 1 Victoria 0

Oct. 11 – TWU 3 UBC 0

The Spartans shut out both teams this weekend as they walked away with wins against Victoria and UBC. Jessica King (Liverpool, England) scored the lone goal in the game against Victoria on Friday before scoring again against UBC on Saturday. Vanessa Kovacs (North Delta, B.C.) and Krista Gommeringer (Calgary, Alta) also scored on Saturday.

MEN’S SOCCER

THIS WEEK

Oct. 17 vs. UFV – 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 @ UBC – 2 p.m.

The men’s team will play their final two games of the regular season this weekend, with the Spartans hosting Fraser Valley Friday and travelling to UBC for a game Sunday. Last weekend, UBC bested the Spartans in a 3-0 game while the Spartans beat UFV 1-0 in the first game of the season.

THE FINAL PUSH

With pressure to make the playoffs looming and only two games left in the season to do it, TWU will be looking for a pair of wins against UBC and UFV this coming week. Trinity Western trails UBC Okanagan, who holds fourth place, by only points.

BY THE NUMBERS

Trinity Western is 3-5-2 this season and continue to hold onto their fifth place spot in the Pacific Division. The Spartans last win game Sept. 27 against Thompson Rivers when they won 1-0.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 10 – TWU 0 Victoria 0

Oct. 11– UBC 3 TWU 0

The Spartans had a goal-less weekend against Victoria and UBC, although they were able to hold on against the Victoria Vikes for a scoreless tie. Trinity Western was unable to stop UBC’s Sean Einarsson however, who earned two goals for his team in Saturday’s game. TWU will be looking to even score against UBC, as they will play in a rematch this coming week.

MEN’S HOCKEY

THIS WEEK

Oct. 17 vs. Simon Fraser – 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 @ Simon Fraser – 7 p.m.

The TWU men’s hockey team will play two games against Simon Fraser this weekend. The last time these two teams met was in the BCIHL semifinals last year, when Trinity Western won two out of three games to advance to the finals.

FIDGETT STAYS CONSISTENT

Once again making a statement on the ice, Cody Fidgett (Richmond, B.C.) scored two goals against his previous team and reigning BCIHL Champions, the Selkirk Saints this past weekend. Fidgett now has five goals and four assists in three games and is second in the BCIHL in points.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Spartans are moving full speed into their regular season play this year and currently stand with a 2-1 record. Trinity Western is currently leading in average goals for the season, with an average of 5.67, Simon Fraser comes in second with an average of 4.0.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 11 – TWU 5 Selkirk 4

The Spartans faced off against Selkirk this past weekend and skated off with the win against the typically tough Saints. This win was especially sweet for Trinity Western as they haven’t been able to claim a win against Selkirk since Jan. 18, 2013 and lost in the BCIHL title series to the Saints last year.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

THIS WEEK

Oct. 17 @ UBC Okanagan – 6 p.m.

Oct. 18 @ UBC Okanagan – 5 p.m.

The Spartans regular season continues as the No. 1 ranked women’s team hits the road as they face the UBC Okanagan Heat. TWU beat UBCO 3-0 last season in both of the regular season games they played against each other. TWU hasn’t lost to UBCO since Dec.1, 2012 where they dropped a four-setter.

TOP FIVE TILT

This weekend will be a tough test for the Spartans as they take on the No. 5 ranked UBCO Heat. The Heat split with No. 2 Alberta last weekend and, early on, look like one of the teams to beat in Canada West. Last year, TWU beat UBCO in the Canada West bronze medal game, which earned the Spartans a spot in the CIS national championship tournament.

BY THE NUMBERS

At the end of last season, Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) and Katelyn Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) finished first and second respectively in Canada West in blocks per set. Through two matches this year, they are once again first – Perrin has 1.75 blocks/set – and second – Devaney has 1.62 blocks/set.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 10 – TWU 3 TRU 0

Oct. 11 – TWU 3 TRU 2

The Spartans claimed their first two victories of the season this last weekend against Thompson Rivers, beating the WolfPack in three sets on Friday before rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win in five sets on Saturday.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

THIS WEEK

Oct. 17 @ UBC Okanagan – 8 p.m.

Oct. 18 @ UBC Okanagan – 7 p.m.

The No. 3 Spartans spend this weekend on the road as they play UBC Okanagan, looking to build upon their perfect 2-0 season so far. The Spartans have never lost to UBCO in the regular season.

YOUNG GUNS

Spartan rookies Carter Bergen (Winnipeg, Man.) and Ben Lieuwen (Abbotsford, B.C.) both made their CIS debut this past weekend as TWU faced off against Thompson Rivers. Bergen earned a kill and a block during Friday’s game, while Lieuwen started the game on Saturday in place of the injured Nick Del Bianco (Surrey, B.C.) and earned three kills, five digs, one block and one service ace. With young players like Bergen and Lieuwen already making impressions, the future is looking bright for the Spartans.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Spartans are 2-0 in the regular season so far and were 6-1 in the preseason.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 10 TWU 3 TRU 1

Oct. 11 TWU 3 TRU 0

The men’s team began their season by taking down the Thompson Rivers WolfPack this past weekend. The Spartans were able to claim victory despite Bianco being injured. The Spartans used a strong block to best TRU as they had 22 over the weekend, while TRU was only able to put up 9.5.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

THIS WEEK

Oct. 16 vs. Western – 7 p.m.

Oct. 17 @ Fraser Valley – 8 p.m.

The Spartans continue in preseason play as they host Western this coming Thursday and travel to Abbotsford, B.C. to play Fraser Valley Friday. The Spartans game against Western will mark the first time these two teams have ever met.

PRESEASON WARM UP

Justin Bakuteka (Toronto, Ont.) led the Spartans in scoring this past weekend with 20 points, in an exhibition game played against Fraser Valley this past week. Taylor Heinrichs (Port Moody, B.C.) also got some shots in, as he tallied up a total of 11 points. Trinity Western currently sits at 1-6 in the preseason.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 9 Fraser Valley 73 TWU 70

Playing at Semiahmoo Secondary, the Spartans shot 36.5 per cent from the field in a close loss against the Cascades.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

THIS WEEK

Oct. 18 vs. Queen’s – 6 p.m.

The Spartans will host an exhibition game against Queen’s this coming week at the Langley Events Centre with the game beginning at 6 p.m. Both Trinity Western and Queen’s are unbeaten in the preseason, with TWU at 3-0 and Queen’s at 4-0.

CROSS COUNTRY

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 11 – Western Washington Classic

The Spartans continued to run well in their second race of the season as the women’s side finished first as a team and the men’s team finished fifth. The Spartans Sarah Inglis (Falkirk, Scotland) won the women’s race for the second year in a row while Fiona Benson (Dawson Creek, B.C.) finished second. Joel De Schiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.) was the Spartans top finisher on the men’s side as he crossed the line in 18th place.

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