Alberta Hands Huskies Fifth Loss

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Nicole Betker

The University of Alberta Pandas took a 3-1: 20-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-17 over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.

With the win Alberta remains perfect on the young Canada West women’s volleyball season with a 3-0 record, while the Huskies (0-5) are still in search of a victory.

Alberta took the early lead in the first set of the match but Saskatchewan was able to tie it at 14 with four kills by outside hitter Candace Hueser and a service ace by Erin McGladdery. For the next six points, the teams matched each other point-for-point until the Huskies’ rookie middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz had two kills in a row to sail her team to the 25-20 win.

The Huskies held on to lead throughout the majority of the second set until Alena Omelchenko’s kill froze the Huskies backline and gave the Pandas 21-20 lead. Omelchenko’s four straight serves that included an ace gave the Pandas the 25-20 win in the second set.

The Pandas made quick work of the Huskies in the third set capitalizing on Huskie attacking and serving errors to win 25-14.

Although Saskatchewan kept the game tighter in the final set, Alberta was able to break away after going ahead 11-10 on a Jenice Warkentin kill. Alberta took over the set and quickly won 25-19.

Hueser was a big bright spot for the Huskies tallying a match-high 20 kill and 12 digs. Tycholiz added another five for the Huskies. Setter Erin Foster had 27 assists. McGladdery added another 13 digs to lead the Huskies.

Krista Zubick led the Pandas with 13 kills on the night, while Omelchenko added another 12. Jaki Ellis tallied 28 assists, while Zubick and Whitney Matheson each had nine digs for Alberta.

The two teams will meet again Saturday night at the PAC. Match time is set for 6 p.m.

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