Huskies Set To Host UBC Okanagan In Final Home Weekend

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Nicole Betker

For the final time in the 2011-12 season, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie volleyball teams will compete on home court.

The UBC Okanagan Heat, the newest members of the Canada West, will hit the PAC 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 webcast at www.canadawest.tv

Tickets can be purchased by calling, 306-966-1111 or online at huskies.usask.ca

Women’s Matchup

Still in search of their first win of the season, the young Huskies squad will continue to grow against the UBC Okanagan Heat.

UBCO, who is playing in their first season in the Canada West, sits just ahead of the Huskies with a 3-13 record. The Heat has showed promise stealing wins over CIS Top 10 teams the Alberta Pandas, Winnipeg Wesmen and Manitoba Bisons this season. Saskatchewan is 0-16.

In a non-conference meeting between the two teams, the Heat took the game in five sets.

The Heat has a balanced offence, led by Alex Basso, Myrte Schon and Katy Klomps. The three have combined for 398 of the Heats’ 655 kills on the season. Basso is also strong defensively leading her team with 166 digs and recording 18 blocks and 12 service aces.

For the Huskies, outside hitters Candace Hueser and Erin McGladdery, as well as rookie middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz have combined for 318 of the Huskies 498 kills on the season. Libero Megan Leniuk has 120 digs and setter Erin Foster 392 assists.

Men’s Matchup

After sweeping the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack last weekend, the Huskies will look to continue that momentum against UBC Okanagan.

UBC O (5-11) and Saskatchewan (3-13) are both fighting to keep slim playoff hopes alive and both enter the weekend series after completing sweeps. In last weekend’s sweep over TRU, the Huskies finally got over the fifth-set hump. Saskatchewan has lost six of seven games in the final set, losing in extra points in three of those matches. UBC Okanagan snapped an 11 game losing streak with a pair of wins over the Cougars last weekend.

Outside hitter Matthew Busse leads the Huskies with 191 kills on the season, followed by middle blocker Braden McLean with 152. Fifth-year middle blocker Geoffrey Zerr and outside hitter Paul Thomson have also chipped in with 129 and 131 kills each respectively. Chris Gilbert has tallied 689 assists this season. Zerr and McLean have also been strong blockers combining for 110 of the Huskies 141 blocks.

Nate Speijer and Riley McFarland lead the Heat tallying a combined 377 kills. Setter Preston Tucker has tallied 556 assists and Brett Uniat has recorded 67 blocks. Jeremy Fostvelt has been strong on defence with 129 digs.

In three non-conference meetings this season, the Huskies have won two over the Heat.

Match Notes: On Saturday, the Huskies will honour fifth-year middle blocker Geoffrey Zerr for his time in the green and white uniform.

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