Kyle Henry, MRU
November 25, 2012, Calgary, AB (ISN) – For a second straight night the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies downed the Mount Royal University Cougars in Canada West men’s volleyball action, winning in straight sets (25-13, 25-18 and 26-24) Saturday night in Calgary.
Coming into the weekend on a three game losing skid, the Huskies have righted the ship winning back-to-back matches and inching their record to an even .500 (5-5) after their Calgary road trip. Mount Royal meanwhile has now lost four straight and sit at 4-6 through ten matches.
Three Saskatchewan hitters reached double-digit kill totals as Paul Thompson (14 kills), Jordan Nowakowski (13 kills) and Bryan Fraser (12 kills) led the Huskies offence. Colton deMan was the Cougars leading attack with 10.
The Huskies jumped out to a quick start, registering the games first five points before the Cougars would get on board. Saskatchewan would keep the Cougars off balance as five different Huskies registered kills in the opening half-set and Saskatchewan would build a 14-3 lead. Paul Thomson would close out the first with a tool off the block and Saskatchewan would easily take the set 25-13.
A tight second would see the teams trade barbs from 4-4 to 12-12 with side outs aplenty early.
Saskatchewan would break the deadlock, stringing together four straight points as they built their biggest lead of the set. Hitting errors late would plague MRU, as they totalled a .032 hitting percentage as a team in the frame, as the Huskies pulled away winning the second 25-18.
Tied throughout the duration of the third, there was no separating the two sides as they remained within one point to 20-20 the Huskies would put together three straight points to lead 23-20.
Down but not out, MRU would rally for their own three point run tying the match again at 23-23. An MRU service error at 24-all would give Saskatchewan the edge and Chris Gilbert would effectively end the match with a final dump kill giving the Huskies the straights set win.
MRU setter Marcus Ernewein led all players with a game-high 15 digs, while Bryan Fraser tallied 13 for Saskatchewan.
Mount Royal will look to regroup as they head north to Edmonton to play the undefeated Alberta Golden Bears Nov. 30 Dec.1 while Saskatchewan
returns home to face another Calgary counterpart in the U of C Dinos.