VB: Spartans sweep preseason polls

VB: Spartans sweep preseason polls

TWU pegged as favourites ahead of opening night Friday

EDMONTON – If Canada West coaches are right, 2019-20 will be another championship season for the Trinity Western Spartans.

Both the men's and women's teams at TWU were picked as the conference favourites in the annual preseason coaches polls, which were unveiled Thursday ahead Friday night's regular season openers.

The Spartans topped both polls, as the men earned all 11 first-place votes available to them (121 pts.), while the women earned five first-place votes (134 pts.).

Neither ranking comes as a shock, as the women's squad is coming off a conference title in 2018-19, while the men finished second, dropping the CW Championship Game to the Brandon Bobcats.

Speaking of the Bobcats, they slotted in just behind TWU in the men's poll, earning the Spartans' first-place vote and second-place votes from the rest of the conference (111 pts.).

In the women's poll, the Alberta Pandas are expected to have a strong season, as they garnered four first-place votes and finished with 128 points in the poll.

The 2019-20 CW season opens Friday night, with every game set to be webcast on Canada West TV Presented by Co-op. Click here to purchase your volleyball sport pass, which gives you access to every regular season men's and women's game.

For a complete preview of every men's team, click here, and for the women's team previews, click here.

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2019 CW MVB PRESEASON COACHES POLL

Team - Points (First-place votes)

  1. Trinity Western Spartans - 121 (11)
  2. Brandon Bobcats - 111 (1)
  3. Alberta Golden Bears - 96
  4. UBC Thunderbirds - 95
  5. *Saskatchewan Huskies - 66
  6. Thompson Rivers WolfPack - 66
  7. Winnipeg Wesmen - 63
  8. Mount Royal Cougars - 52
  9. Calgary Dinos - 49
  10. Manitoba Bisons - 38
  11. UBCO Heat - 19
  12. MacEwan Griffins - 16

NOTE: Coaches ranked all opponents 1-11. First-place votes worth 11 pts., second-place worth 10 pts. etc. * Saskatchewan ranked 5th based on the greater number of higher placed votes.

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2019 CW WVB PRESEASON COACHES POLL

Team - Points (First-place votes)

  1. Trinity Western Spartans - 134 (5)
  2. Alberta Pandas - 128 (4)
  3. Mount Royal Cougars - 118
  4. UBC Thunderbirds - 106 (3)
  5. Calgary Dinos - 90
  6. Thompson Rivers WolfPack - 89
  7. MacEwan Griffins - 83 (1)
  8. Manitoba Bisons - 75
  9. Saskatchewan Huskies - 62
  10. UBCO Heat - 47
  11. Brandon Bobcats - 30
  12. Winnipeg Wesmen - 28
  13. Regina Cougars - 24

NOTE: Coaches ranked all opponents 1-12. First-place votes worth 12 pts., second-place worth 11 pts. etc.

 

 

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