Dinos make short work of winless Huskies

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Nicole Betker

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos needed just 75 minutes to dispatch the Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night, recording a straight-sets 3-0 victory (25-18, 25-23, 25-16) in the Jack Simpson Gym.

The Dinos, playing their first conference match of 2012 after an opening-week bye, improve to 7-6 on the season while the Huskies remain winless at 0-13.

Led by solid performances from Lindsey Doland and Maura Hayes, the Dinos were solid across the board for the win – most notably late in the second set, when the Huskies held a five-point lead at 20-15 and seemed poised to knot the match at 1-1. A 7-2 run for the Dinos tied the score at 22-22 on one of Doland’s 14 kills on the night, and Sarah Moncks capped off the comeback with back-to-back kills to seal the deal at 25-23.

From there, the Dinos took control, pacing the play in the third much as they had in the first to cruise to a 25-16 victory in the set and the 3-0 match win.

The Huskies, who were out-killed 48-2110, didn’t put a single player in double-digit kills – Candace Heuser came the closest with nine. Alex Van Dyke chipped in with seven, while Kayla Tycholiz added five in a losing cause. Libero Megan Leniuk led the Huskies with six digs, while Tycholiz was in on four of the Huskies’ seven blocks – one more than the Dinos had.

On Calgary’s side of the floor, Doland connected on 14 of her 28 attempts with just three errors, while Hayes had 10 kills on 23 swings. The middles, Ali Sandholm and Melanie Miazga, had almost identical stat lines: Sandholm with seven kills, two errors on 12 attempts, Miazga seven kills, one error on 14 attempts. Moncks had a big night defensively for the Dinos, recording nine of the team’s 31 total digs, while Sandholm was the leading blocker with four.

The Dinos will look to extend their win streak to four when they face the Huskies in the rematch Saturday night, with first serve at 6 p.m. MT in the Jack Simpson Gym, live on CanadaWest.tv.

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