Nicole Betker

Faced against a CIS Top 10 opponent, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will host the University of Alberta Pandas and Golden Bears on the weekend.

The Pandas and Golden Bears will hit Saskatoon Friday and Saturday. Match times for the women are 6 p.m. each night, while the men will play at 8 p.m. All four matches will be at the PAC and will also be webcast at

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Women’s Matchup

The young Huskies squad looks to continue to grow as a team with the tough match against the No. 2 Alberta Pandas.

Alberta (2-0) enters the weekend after opening their season with three-set wins over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The Huskies (0-3) are still in search of their first win of the season after being swept by the Trinity Western Spartans and Regina Cougars.

Six Pandas have tallied 10 or more kills on the season with five of those players with 15 or more. Krista Zubick and Alena Omelchenko led the charge for Alberta recording 25 and 17 kills each respectively. Jenice Warkentin, Jaki Ellis and Alyssa Jones all have 15 kills on the season. Ellis has also added 55 assists. Libero Erin Walsh has 37 digs.

For the Huskies, outside hitters Candace Hueser and Erin McGladdery, as well as rookie middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz have combined for 80 of the Huskies 123 kills on the season. Libero Megan Leniuk has 25 digs and setter Erin Foster 97 assists.

Since 1984, the Huskies are 22-44 against the Pandas.

Men’s Matchup

After moving into the win column for the first time this season, the Huskies will look to continue that momentum against the No. 2 ranked Alberta Golden Bears.

Alberta is perfect after two wins over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack to start the season. Saskatchewan opened the season pushing the No. 1 ranked Trinity Western Spartans to five sets and sits at 1-3 after a four set win over the Regina Cougars last weekend.

Jay Olmstead and Mitch Irvine led the Golden Bears over the WolfPack last weekend with 21 kills each. Setter Jarron Mueller tallied 65 assists and Tristan Aubry recorded 11 blocks. As a team, the Golden Bears had 14 service aces in the two matches.

For the Huskies, outside hitter Matthew Busse has led the Huskies with 58 kills, 18 digs and 11 blocks. Also joining in for the Huskie attack have been Bryan Fraser (29 kills), Braden McLean (39 kills) and Geoffrey Zerr (28 kills). Setter Chris Gilbert has 171 assists.

Since 1984, the Huskies are 38-25 against the Golden Bears.