LANGLEY, British Columbia – For both the Trinity Western women’s soccer team and the men’s and women’s cross country teams, it’s the biggest week of the season as all three compete in their respective CIS championships.
Also, the Spartans men’s and women’s basketball teams host their home-openers Friday and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
WEEKLY PREVIEW – November 3rd to 10th
WOMEN’S SOCCER – 13-1-1, Canada West Champions
Nov. 6 vs. UOIT – CIS Quarter-final – 1:30 p.m. (Quebec City)
Nov. 7 – TBA (Quebec City)
Nov. 9 – TBA (Quebec City)
The Spartans are looking to make CIS history this week as they are hoping to become the first women’s soccer program to win six national titles while also aiming to be the first team to capture three straight CIS championships.
The Spartans finished the regular season with a Canada West leading 10-1-1 record and, in the playoffs, have simply kept on rolling. The Spartans beat UBC 3-1 in the Canada West quarter-finals and then wins over Saskatchewan and Fraser Valley earned TWU the conference title and a top seed at the national championship.
Oct. 31 Saskatchewan – Canada West Semifinal – TWU 1 Saskatchewan 0
Nov. 1 Fraser Valley – Canada West Final – TWU 2 UFV 1
For the sixth time in program history and the second time in the last three years, TWU won the Canada West championship. Once again, and for the eighth time this season, Jessica King, who was named the Canada West MVP earlier in the week, scored the game-winning goal in the Canada West gold medal match.
Nov. 8 – CIS Cross Country Championships (St. John’s, Nfld.)
The Spartan cross country teams travels to Newfoundland this week, as they compete in the CIS Cross Country Championships held in St. John’s. The races will take place on Nov. 8. At last year’s event, TWU placed fourth on the women’s side and seventh on the men’s team side.
WOMEN AIMING FOR THE TOP
The Spartans women’s cross country team has been amongst the top teams in the country all year and, most recently, were ranked No. 2 in the CIS Top 10. The TWU program has never finished higher than fourth in the CIS Championships and are looking to better that this season. The team is also the defending Canada West champions and will be aiming to bring home another conference banner.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – 2-0, 1st (tied) in the Pioneers Division
Nov. 7 vs. Alberta – 6 p.m.
Nov. 8 vs. Alberta – 5 p.m. Shoot for the Cure
The Spartan women’s team hosts their home opener this weekend with two games against the Alberta Pandas. In their only meeting last year, TWU lost 79-52 on the road.
STARTING OUT RIGHT
The Spartans began their regular season this past week flawlessly, claiming both games against their opponent, the Manitoba Bisons. This is the first time since 1999 that the Spartan women’s team has opened a season with back-to-back wins. The Spartans will go for history this weekend as they have never started a season with three straight wins.
Oct. 31 TWU 61 Manitoba 56
Nov. 1 TWU 62 Manitoba 61
The Spartans kicked off their regular season on the road this past weekend and came home victorious, earning two wins against the Manitoba Bisons. Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) led the Spartans in scoring on Friday night with 12 points, while on Saturday it was Jessie Brown (Langley) who took a turn leading the way, netting 16 points.
MEN’S BASKETBALL – 0-2, 7th (tied) in the Pioneers Division
Nov. 7 vs. Alberta – 8 p.m.
Nov. 8 vs. Alberta – 6 p.m.
The Spartans host their home opener this coming weekend, welcoming Alberta to the Langley Events Centre. In the lone game between TWU and Alberta last season, the Spartans came up just short with Alberta winning 87-75.
It was Jesse Jeffers (North Vancouver, B.C.) led TWU with 29 points over the course of the Spartans season-opening weekend. In Saturday’s loss, he had a career-high 24 points.
Oct. 31 Manitoba 84 TWU 56
Nov. 1 Manitoba 96 TWU 78
Spending their season opener on the road, the Spartans suffered two losses against Manitoba, falling by an average of 23 points after losing by 28 Friday and 18 Saturday.
MEN’S HOCKEY – 5-2-0-1, 1st in the BCIHL
SPARTANS STILL ON TOP
Forward Cody Fidgett (Richmond, B.C.) sits on top of the scoring race for yet another week. Although he didn’t add any points to his tally this last week, he still holds top spot with 11 goals and seven assists. Jake Harcoff (Surrey, B.C) also held his spot on the leaderboard for another week, sitting in fourth with 12 assists.
Oct.31 Victoria 3 TWU 1
The Spartans got behind early and never recovered against a determined Victoria squad. Matthias Schmidt scored the lone goal of the weekend on a power play late in the third period after TWU had dug itself into a 3-0 hole.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL – 6-2, 3rd (tied) in Canada West
Looking at the team as a whole, the Spartans are currently leading the CIS in service aces, with 47 and also digs, with 345. Tyler Koslowsky (Abbotsford, B.C.) is also the individual dig leader in the league, with 100 so far this season.
Oct. 31 TWU 3 Manitoba 2
Nov. 1 TWU 3 Manitoba 2
The Spartans were able to earn five-set wins on both nights this past weekend at home against Manitoba. Nick Del Bianco (Surrey, B.C.) had a great return to the court on Friday night, putting up 21 kills. Del Bianco led the Spartans again on Saturday with 19 kills. Koslowsky had a match-high of 17 digs in both matches against Manitoba.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL – 4-4, 4th (tied) in Canada West
As a team, the Spartans currently hold the top spot in both block assists and overall total blocks, with 201 and 110 respectively. Alberta comes in second to TWU, with 135 block assists and 78 total blocks.
Oct. 31 – Manitoba 3 TWU 2
Nov. 1 – TWU 3 Manitoba 1
After coming up short Friday night, the Spartans battled back from their loss to gain their fourth win of the season on Saturday. Royal Richardson (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.) led her team and the match with 13 kills on Saturday night.