LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 1 Trinity Western men’s volleyball team will put its perfect record on the line this weekend as they host No. 10 Saskatchewan in a rematch of last year’s Canada West gold medal game Friday and Saturdayat the Langley Events Centre.
Friday, Jan. 6 vs. Saskatchewan (6-4) – 5 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Jan. 7 vs. Saskatchewan (6-4) – 5 p.m. (PT)
THE WEEKEND STORY
- This weekend’s series marks a rematch of last year’s conference title tilt in which the Spartans earned a four-set victory to capture the Canada West championship.
- Following that match, TWU went on to win the national championship, while the Huskies finished fourth overall at the national tournament.
- Since opening last year’s playoffs with a loss to Calgary, the Spartans have won 17 consecutive matches, including regular season and playoffs.
- This weekend will see Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) make his first appearance at home this year after an injury sidelined him for all but one regular season game in the first semester.
- Last year, the Huskies swept the Spartans in their weekend series, beating TWU in three sets on both nights.
- Prior to those two losses, TWU had won 27 straight matches against Saskatchewan. Prior to last year, the last time the Huskies had beat the Spartans was Mar. 6, 2004.
- The Spartans are 28-2 over their last 30 matches with the Huskies, including the regular season and playoffs.
- TWU is 25-11 all-time against the Huskies in the regular season.
- The Spartans Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) leads Canada West with 4.31 kills per set.
- Sclater is third in Canada West in hitting percentage (.326) and first-year Spartan Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) is fourth (.316).
- Aaron Boettcher (Surrey, B.C.) leads Canada West with 0.47 aces per set.
- Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) is second in the conference with 10.17 assists per set.
- Andrew Nelson leads Saskatchewan with 3.54 kills per set. Nelson was the CIS Rookie of the Year in 2011-12. After three years with the Regina Cougars, he transferred to Saskatchewan in 2014.
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (10-0)
CIS ranking: No. 1
Canada West Standings: 1st
Last Game: Mount Royal (3-1 W)
Canada West Streak: 10 wins
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 14-10
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 4-0 (1st)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (6-4)
CIS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 5th (tied)
Last game: Budo International (ex.) (3-0 W)
Canada West Streak: 2 losses
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 15-9
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 3-2 (2nd)