Friday, November 23, 2012 – Calgary, AB (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies mounted a spirited comeback, battling back from being down 2-1 as they defeated the Mount Royal University Cougars in five sets, 3-2 in Canada West men’s volleyball action Friday in Calgary.
Bryan Fraser led the Huskies with 18 kills, including four in the final set as Saskatchewan halted a three game losing skid, upping their record to 4-5. Mount Royal meanwhile has now dropped three in a row and fall to 4-5 with Friday’s loss.
Colton deMan led the Cougars, pouring down 19 kills, while teammates Trevor Langvand and Jordan Parkin each tallied 14. Mount Royal surged out of the gate on Friday, as the trio of Langvand, deMan and Parkin each put away three kills in the opening set as MRU jumped out to a 1-0 lead winning 25-20. The two teams would play a tight second set, with neither side giving an inch as they played sideout ball from 6-6 up to 11-11, again tying at
Paul Thompson and Fraser would start to come alive for the Huskies as their hits started to find the hard wood as Saskatchewan would start to pull away rattling off five straight points to 23-17. An MRU hitting error would end the second as the Huskies tied the match at 1-1 winning 25-18. The see-saw battle would continue in the third, as Mount Royal would regain their composure easily building an 18-11 lead. Jordan Parkin would
finish the set off for MRU, crushing a ball from Marcus Ernewein as the Cougars regained the lead 2-1 with a 25-20 set win.
The resilient Huskies wouldn’t go away in the fourth, as they rattled off sixth straight points to push their lead from 12-9 to 18-9 in the blink of an eye. A kill by fourth-year Kinesiology major Braden McLean and back-to-back hitting errors by the Cougars would give the Huskies second life as they escaped with a 25-17 win, tying the match at 2-2. Up 4-3 in the fifth and deciding set, Bryan Fraser would start to take over for the visitors, putting away three consecutive kills amongst Cougars hitting errors to extend the lead to 10-5 Huskies.
A mini-rally would see the Cougars run off three straight on the scoreboard to tie the match at 12-12 – but a Cougars attacking error late and a final kill by Jordan Nowakowski would seal the match for the Huskies as they completed the comeback winning the fifth set 15-13 and match 3-2. Libero Adam Woods was strong for the Cougs’ digging 17 balls, while Matt Busse led the Huskies with 11 of his own.
The two teams will meet again Saturday at Mount Royal’s Kenyon Court at 5:00 p.m.
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