Daniel Herrick, University of Saskatchewan
SASKATOON - In a match that extended to extra points in a deciding fifth set, the University of Manitoba Bisons took down the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 3-2 (22-25, 25-18, 25-13, 23-25, 16-14) Friday night at the PAC.
After dropping the opening set, the Bisons strong play in the second and third sets propelled them ahead 2-1 in the match. A late comeback in the fourth set by the Huskies forced a fifth game. Manitoba jumped out to a two-point lead in at 9-7 and never looked back, holding on for the 16-14 win.
The victory improves Manitoba's record to 3-6 on the season. The Huskies fall to 5-4 with the loss.
Kearley Abbott led the way for Manitoba with 18 kills in the match. Sarah Klassen chipped in with another 16 kills. As a team the Bisons hit at .232 percent in the match and recorded 16 blocks.
Saskatchewan's Emmalyn Copping tied Abbott for the match-high with 18 kills. Mackezine Pek recorded 38 assists and a team-high 13 digs for the Huskies. Saskatchewan hit at .124 percent and recorded 12 blocks in the match.
The two teams square off again Saturday night. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the PAC.