November 7, 2012, Saskatoon, BC – Both University of Saskatchewan Huskie volleyball teams will look for wins in front of a home crowd for the first time in the 2012-13 Canada West season on the weekend.
The Huskies host the tough CIS-ranked UBC Thunderbirds Friday and Saturday at the PAC.
Match time for the women is set for 6:15 p.m., while the men will play at 8 p.m. All four matches will be webcast on canadawest.tv.
Saskatchewan enters the weekend series with the UBC Thunderbirds on the heels of their first win since January 28, 2011.
The Huskies defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat on the road 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 25-19) last weekend. In the victory, transfer athletes Carmen Dubnick and Jina Barker led the Huskies. Dubnick recorded nine kills and 12 digs, while Barker had a double-double with 29 assists and 10 digs.
Saskatchewan (1-3) has won at least one set in each of their losses. The No. 2 ranked Thunderbirds enter the weekend with a 3-1 record, losing just four sets in their four matches.
A young squad, the Huskies are led by second-year middleblocker Kayla Tycholiz and Dubnick in offence. Tycholiz has tallied 37 kills, five service aces and 12 blocks, while Dubnick has 31 kills, five service aces and four blocks.
Five Thunderbirds have tallied 10 or more kills on the season with three of those players with 20 or more. Lisa Barclay and Shanice Marcelle lead the charge for UBC recording 53 and 44 kills each respectively. Rosie Schlagintweit follows close behind with 23. Briana Liau Kent has 49 digs on the season, while Brina Derksen-Bergen has 129 assists.
Since 1984, the Huskies are 16-48 against the UBC Thunderbirds.
After moving into the win column with a weekend sweep of the UBC Okanagan Heat in Kelowna last weekend, the No. 8 ranked Huskies will look to continue that momentum.
Saskatchewan (2-2) enters the weekend series with UBC in the middle of the standings, while the Thunderbirds, who are on a three-match losing streak, are 1-3. The No. 6 Thunderbirds have dropped games to the No. 1 and 2 ranked Trinity Western Spartans and Alberta Golden Bears to start the season.
Reigning Canada West Male Athlete of the Week Bryan Fraser led the Huskies through the sweep of the Heat recording 28 kills and 18 digs in the two matches, including a match-high 17 in the 3-1 win on Friday.
Outside hitters Fraser and Paul Thomson lead the Huskies with 39 and 46 kills respectively. Also joining in for the Huskies attack has been middle blocker Braden McLean with 31 kills. Setter Chris Gilbert has accumulated 131 assists, while libero and captain Jeff Grant has 37 digs.
UBC’s attack is led by Quentin Schmidt and David Zeyha with 39 kills each. Ben Chow has added another 35 successful attacks. Ian Perry has been strong on defence recording 52 digs, while Milan Nikic has 146 assists. As a team the Thunderbirds have 21 service aces.
Since 1984, the Huskies are 40-19 against the Thunderbirds.