LANGLEY, British Columbia – This weekend’s buffet of Spartans team sports is nearly as full as it gets as Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team hosts the Canada West Final Four while the volleyball teams are at home against Manitoba, the men’s hockey team hosts Victoria Friday and the basketball teams are on the road against the Bisons.
WEEKLY PREVIEW – OCTOBER 27 to NOVEMBER 2
Oct. 31 – Canada West Final Four vs. Saskatchewan – 5 p.m.
Nov. 1 – Canada West Final Four
The Spartan women’s team hosts the Canada West Final Four this coming weekend at Rogers Field, giving them the chance to move one step closer to the CIS Championships held in Quebec City next week. With a win over Saskatchewan in Friday’s semifinal, the Spartans will advance to the Canada West gold medal game and earn a spot in the CIS national tournament.
The other three Final Four competitors are Alberta (7-1-4), Fraser Valley (7-2-3) and Saskatchewan (7-2-3). Trinity Western had a regular season record of 10-1-1 and is coming off a 3-1 win over UBC in the Canada West quarter-finals.
BY THE NUMBERS
Trinity Western advanced to the Canada West Final Four for the 11th year in a row. This also marks the third time in the last four years that TWU will be hosting the Final Four.
Oct. 24 TWU 3 UBC 1
The Spartans women’s team defeated the UBC Thunderbirds in its Canada West quarter-final match this last weekend. Trinity Western’s advancement came thanks to goals from the Calgary trio of Krista Gommeringer, Stephanie Chin and Alessandra Oliverio.
Oct. 31 vs. Victoria – 7 p.m.
The TWU men’s hockey team hosts the Victoria Vikes for the second week in a row this coming Friday. The Spartans claimed last weekend’s matchup against Victoria with a 6-5 win. The rematch will take place at the Langley Event Centre.
SPARTANS TAKE OVER
The Spartans took over the BCIHL’s scoring race this week, as three TWU players hold positions in the top five. Forward Cody Fidgett (Richmond, B.C.) claims the No. 1 spot, tallying 18 points with 11 goals and seven assists. Teammates Jake Harcoff (Surrey, B.C.), who has has 11 assists, and JP Villeneuve (Powell River, B.C.) with six goals and four assists, sit fourth and fifth place.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Spartans continue to rank No. 1 in the BCIHL as they are 5-1-0-1 in the regular season and a full five points clear of a trio of teams tied for second place.
Oct. 24 TWU 5 Selkirk 3
Oct. 25 TWU 6 Victoria 5
The Spartans had a winning weekend at home as they claimed games against both Selkirk and Victoria. Florian Niedermaier (Davos, Switzerland) was a standout in the game on Friday, scoring two goals against Selkirk. While on Saturday, it was Mattias Schmidt (Surrey, B.C.) who took a turn leading the offence, netting both of his goals against Victoria in only 55 seconds.
BC Cross Country Championships
Sarah Inglis (Falkirk, Scotland) claimed her second straight win for the Spartans – having also finished first at the Western Washington Invitational two weeks prior – coming in first at the BC Cross Country Championships with a time of 20:36.09 over six kilometres. Joel De Schiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.) led the way in the 10 kilometre senior men’s race by finishing third in 30:51.69 while Caleb De Jong (Winnipeg) was the Spartans top finisher in the junior men’s race, coming second in a time of 21:15.41 over seven kilometres and Tayler Janzen (Langley) led TWU in the junior women’s race by finishing fourth in the five kilometre race in 19:44.74
Oct. 31 vs. Manitoba – 6 p.m.
Nov. 1 vs. Manitoba – 5 p.m.
TWU spends the weekend at home, hosting the defending CIS champion Manitoba Bisons. Both games will take place at the Langley Event Centre, Trinity Western won both games against the Bisons last year, but it was Manitoba eventually winning it all at the national championship after it dethroned UBC.
MOVING ON UP
Katelyn Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) moves up in the Canada West in individual blocking statistics, as she takes over the No. 1 spot. Devaney has tallied 43 blocks in the season so far, averaging 1.72 blocks per set.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Spartans are now 3-3 in the regular season, but all three of their losses – twice against No. 1 Alberta and once against then No. 5 UBC Okanagan – have come against ranked opponents.
Oct. 24 – Alberta 3 TWU 1
Oct. 25 – Alberta 3 TWU 0
The Spartans fell in both games against the Alberta Pandas. Despite Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) leading the game on Friday with 18 kills and Kristen Moncks (Standard, Alta.) leading with 19 digs, the Spartans were unable to earn the win. Carpentier also led the game in kills on Saturday, with 13.
Oct. 31 vs. Manitoba – 8 p.m.
Nov. 1 vs. Manitoba – 7 p.m.
The Spartans host the Manitoba Bisons this coming weekend in two games that will take place at the Langley Event Centre. The last time these two teams met, TWU came out on top, winning both games played last season.
Entering into the top spots in the conference, Daniel Grant (Chetwynd, B.C.) is currently ranked first for block assists, with 31, while coming in second with total blocks, at 33, and blocks per set, averaging 1.43. Tyler Heppell (Langley) also holds a lead position this week for service aces per set, at 0.5. Heppell has played in 12 sets so far this season. Tyler Koslowsky (Abbottsford, B.C.) continues to hold on to the top spot for digs, coming in first with 66 digs so far. Koslowsky is also ranked No. 1 in digs per set, averaging 2.87.
BY THE NUMBERS
After a weekend spent in Alberta, the Spartans now sit at 4-2 in regular season play. They lead the league in digs with 10.7 per set and are second in blocks with 2.76 per set.
Oct. 24 Alberta 3 TWU 2
Oct. 25 Alberta 3 TWU 1
The Spartans were tested against the best team in the country this past weekend and were unable to claim a win against Alberta. Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) was a leader on the floor for the Spartans on Friday with 14 kills and 13 digs. Braden Schmidt (De Winton, Alta.) led the team on Saturday with 12 kills while Daniel Grant (Chetwynd B.C.) was the match leader with 10 blocks.
Oct. 31 @ Manitoba – 8 p.m.
Nov. 1 @ Manitoba – 7 p.m.
TWU gets the regular season started this coming weekend as they travel to Manitoba to play a double header against the Bisons. The last time the Spartans played the Bisons on Jan. 10, the Spartans won narrowly, 85-84.
DEPEND ON DENNY
Denny McDonald (Mississauga, Ont.) was once again the Spartans leading scorer during their game Saturday game against Thompson Rivers. McDonald managed 19 points and 13 rebounds during the match. The standouts during Sunday’s game against UBC Okanagan were Jesse Jeffers (North Vancouver, B.C.) with a total of 16 points and Taylor Heinrichs (Port Moody, B.C.) who tallied 10 rebounds next to his nine points.
Oct. 25 TWU 81 Thompson Rivers 76
Oct. 26 TWU 74 UBC Okanagan 63
Playing two games this past weekend, the Spartans earned a pair of victories over Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan. The Spartans finished the preseason at 3-5.
Oct. 31 @ Manitoba – 6 p.m.
Nov. 1 @ Manitoba – 5 p.m.
The Spartans begin their season this weekend away from home, playing two games against the Manitoba Bisons. The last time TWU and Manitoba saw each other on Jan.10, Trinity Western won 66-57.
SCORING BY COMMITTEE
For the Spartans to be successful, they’re going to have to rely on scoring by committee. Last weekend, TWU had four different players hit double digits in Friday’s game and, over the two games, had 11 different scorers.
Oct. 24 Lewis-Clark 69 TWU 59
Oct. 25 Lewis-Clark 93 TWU 55
Trinity Western had a winless weekend away from home as they played two games against Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. Despite playing competitively on Friday and having the game tied 41-41 at one point, the Spartans were unable to get a road win. Jessica Brown (Langley) had a great night on Saturday as she tallied 16 points and five rebounds.