Huskies salvage weekend split with Bobcats

Huskies salvage weekend split with Bobcats

Nicole Betker, University of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – With a 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 26-24, 25-21) win over the Brandon University Bobcats Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon, the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies salvaged a weekend split.

Saskatchewan now sits at 6-2 in the Canada West men's volleyball standings, while Brandon is 5-3 after the weekend series. A night earlier, the Bobcats won 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 18-25, 25-19).

Fifth-year outside hitter Andrew Nelson powered the Huskies to the win with 21 kills, while Colin Fraser added another 12. Fraser also recorded 14 digs, while libero Etienne Hagenbuch had 13 for Saskatchewan.

Roy Ching led the Bobcats with 17 kills. Daven Pascal, Matt Powell, James Weir and Elliott Viles each recorded seven kills. Libero Jeremy Davies tallied a match-high 15 digs.

In the first and third sets, the teams matched each other point-for-point. After a Weir attack tied the set at 24 in the first, Tyler Epp's quick attack from the middle gave Saskatchewan the lead. A block by Tyler and Derek Epp sealed the 26-24 win. In the third tied at 24, Nelson landed an attack the bobcats couldn't dig. On the next play, a Viles attempt sailed wide to give Saskatchewan the 26-24 win. 

The Bobcats had control in their set win building a six-point lead at 19-13. Saskatchewan pulled within three at 24-21 after a Brandon ball-handling error, but a Pascal kill from the middle finished the set 25-21.

Brandon kept the fourth set close until a Nelson kill started a Fraser service run to give the Huskies a 19-13 lead. A back row attack by Nelson sealed the 25-21.

The Huskies remain at home to host the Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while the Bobcats will play a home-and-home series with the Winnipeg Wesmen.