THIS WEEK IN SPARTA- Oct 20

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SPARTANS ATHLETICS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
WEEKLY PREVIEW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THIS WEEK IN SPARTA – OCTOBER 20-26

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The busy fall season continues as, on the home front, the Spartans women’s soccer team opens the Canada West playoffs this Friday when it hosts UBC in the quarter-finals while the men’s hockey team is at home for games Friday and Saturday and the cross country teams are competing in the BC Championships in Abbotsford, B.C.

Away from Langley, the basketball teams and volleyball teams are all in action.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

THIS WEEK

Oct. 24 vs. UBC – 6 p.m.

The Spartan women’s team begins playoffs this week as it hosts UBC in the Canada West quarter-finals Saturday at Rogers Field in Langley, B.C. at 6 p.m.

HOME SAFE

The Spartans ended their regular season play undefeated at home, winning all six games played at Rogers Field, including a 3-0 victory over UBC on Oct. 11. The Spartans finished their season in first place in the Pacific Division, but missed out on an undefeated regular season record after a 1-0 loss to UBC in both teams’ season finales.

BY THE NUMBERS

Trinity Western ended its season with a 10-1-1 overall record. While resting a number of key starters in a statistically meaningless game, the Spartans dropped their only game of the season on Sunday at UBC. Before the Oct. 19 loss, TWU was among the last two teams who remained undefeated in CIS play. Currently, the only undefeated team is Acadia at 5-0-7.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 17 – TWU 4 UFV 2

Oct. 19 – UBC 1 TWU 0

The Spartans won their last game at home against Fraser Valley by a 4-2 count and with that clinched top spot in the Pacific Divison. Jessica King (Liverpool, England) earned the game-winning goal for the seventh time this season in TWU’s win over UFV. In TWU’s 1-0 loss to UBC, goalies Sophia Traxler (Calgary) and Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) split the game as they both saw their first Canada West league action.

MEN’S SOCCER

THAT’S A WRAP

Mitchell Rohla (Langley, B.C.) finished his career as a Trinity Western Spartan on a high note as he scored the only goal of the weekend for his team. The Spartans season ended on Sunday with a 1-1 tie against No. 2 UBC.

BY THE NUMBERS

Trinity Western finished the season at 3-6-3 and ended up just shy of a playoff position, landing in fifth place in the Pacific Division. The last time the Spartan men’s team made playoffs was in 2012.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 17 – Fraser Valley 1 TWU 0

Oct. 19– TWU 1 UBC 1

The Spartans men’s team was unable to hold off Fraser Valley on Friday, losing 1-0 after the Cascades scores midway through the second half. In Sunday’s tie with UBC, Rohla scored his first goal of the season in the 33rd minute, but the T-Birds equalised in the 84th minute to force a draw.

MEN’S HOCKEY

THIS WEEK

Oct. 24 vs. Selkirk – 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 vs. Victoria – 1 p.m.

The TWU men’s hockeyteam hosts back to back home games this coming weekend. The Spartans will play Selkirk, whom they beat 5-4 in the last game, at 7 p.m. TWU will then face off against Victoria on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Spartans won against Victoria in their season opener 9-3 but lost the following night 4-3. Both games will take place at the Langley Event Centre.

SPARTANS ON TOP

Leading both the Spartans and nearing the league lead for points is Cody Fidgett (Richmond B.C.), who currently sits in second place in the BCIHL with nine goals five assists in five games. Teammate JP Villeneuve (Georgetown, Ont.) is third in the league with six goals three assists. The league leader in points is Beau Walker from Eastern Washington with seven goals and eight assists in six games.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Spartans currently sit atop the BCIHL standings with a record of 3-1-0-1 and are averaging 4.8 goals per game.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 17 TWU 3 SFU 2

Oct. 18 SFU 5 TWU 4

The Spartans faced off against Simon Fraser twice this past weekend, winning Friday’s game at home but losing the rematch on Saturday in a shootout. The Spartans power play went four for nine over the weekend and is currently first in the BCIHL, working at 41.7 per cent.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

THIS WEEK

Oct. 24 @ Alberta – 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 @ Alberta – 4 p.m.

TWU spends another weekend away from home as they travel to Alberta for a pair of games this week. Both teams currently sit at 3-1 in the season.

AMONG THE BEST

Trinity Western will be looking to begin another winning streak after last Saturday’s loss to UBC Okanagan. But the Spartans will have a tough competitor in Alberta, as it is also one of the top ranked teams in Canada West. Last, year the teams split their regular season series, with TWU winning in five sets and Alberta winning in four.

BY THE NUMBERS

Katelyn Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) continue to hold onto the top two league positions when it comes to total blocks, with Devaney tallying 32 and Perrin 28.Devaney is currently ranked second in the conference with 1.78 blocks per set.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 17 – TWU 3 UBCO 2

Oct. 18 – UBCO 3 TWU 2

The Spartans added both a win and a loss to their season record against UBC Okanagan this past weekend. While Trinity Western was able to claim a comeback five-set win on Friday, UBCO came back swinging in the rematch on Saturday and won the second five-setter of the weekend.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

THIS WEEK

Oct. 24 @ Alberta – 5 p.m.

Oct. 25 @ Alberta – 5:30 p.m.

The top two teams face off this weekend as the Spartans head to Alberta for two games. Both Trinity Western and Alberta have perfect 4-0 seasons so far.

CAN YOU DIG IT

Spartan libero Tyler Koslowsky (Abbotsford, B.C.) currently leads the league in digs with 43 so far this season and also in digs per set, averaging 3.07. Last year Koslowsky finished second overall in the league with a total of 210 digs and third overall with 2.56 digs per set.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Spartans are 4-0 in the regular season so far and are tied with Alberta for first in Canada West.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 17 TWU 3 UBCO 0

Oct. 18 TWU 3 UBCO 1

The men’s team had a successful weekend on the road against UBC Okanagan, winning both matches. With both wins, Trinity Western is now 4-0 and kept UBCO winless and at 0-4.

CROSS COUNTRY

THIS WEEK

Oct. 25 – BC Cross Country Championships (Clearbrook Park – Abbotsford, B.C.)

The Spartans return to the trails after a week off as they will compete in this weekend’s B.C. Cross Country Championships at Clearbrook Park in Abbotsford, B.C.

SPARTANS DOMINATION

At last year’s BC Cross Country Championships, the Spartans Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) won the women’s junior race, Levi Neufeld (Winnipeg) came second in the men’s junior race, Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.) was third in the women’s senior race and Declan White (South Surrey, B.C.) was fifth in the men’s senior race.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

THIS WEEK

Oct. 25 vs. Thompson Rivers (@UBC Okanagan) – 12:15 p.m.

Oct. 17 @ UBC Okanagan – 1 p.m.

The Spartans continue thier preseason play as they travel to Kelowna, B.C. to face off against both Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan.

GETTING GOING

Denny McDonald (Mississauga, Ont.) was the Spartans leading scorer in a game against Western this past week, gaining 15 points for the Spartans. Trinity Western currently sits at 1-7 in the preseason.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 16 Western 79 TWU 67

Oct. 17 Fraser Valley 80 TWU 61

Playing two teams this past week, the Spartans were unable to claim a win in either exhibition games, falling to Western and Fraser Valley. Justin Bakuteka (Toronto) led the team in scoring with a combined 20 points over the two games.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

THIS WEEK

Oct. 24 @ Lewis-Clark State – 6 p.m.

Oct. 25 @ Lewis-Clark State – 7 p.m.

The Spartans travel to Idaho this weekend to play a pair of exhibition games against the Lewis-Clark State Warriors. Lewis-Clark finished second in the Frontier Conference within the NAIA last season.

LAST WEEKEND

Oct. 18 Queen’s 74 TWU 70

In a close game this past weekend; TWU was nearly able to claim a win against visiting Queen’s. The Spartans are now 3-1 in the preseason.

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