Saskatchewan defeats Thompson Rivers


January 13, 2013, (ISN) – The No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies extended their Canada West men’s volleyball winning streak to six matches after a 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-22) victory over the visiting Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan’s win streak began with back-to-back sweeps over the Mount Royal Cougars and Calgary Dinos to close out the first half. The streak grows to eight matches when including two exhibition wins over Japan’s Budo during the break.

With the pair of wins, Saskatchewan moves to 9-5 on the season, while the No. 9 WolfPack drop to 5-9. A night earlier, the Huskies won 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 27-25).

The Huskies jumped to a quick lead to begin the first set. Thompson Rivers closed the gap to two points at 6-4, but it was as close as they would come in the game. Saskatchewan outside hitters Bryan Fraser and Matthew Busse took over combining for eight kills in the 25-17 win.

Thompson Rivers closed a 16-8 deficit to take the lead 21-20 in the second set when Huskie errors caught up to them. TRU looked like they were going to take the set at 24-23, but substitute outsider hitter Paul Thomson froze the WolfPack with two commanding attacks to take the 25-24 lead. A Braden McLean solo block in the middle of the court won the set 26-24.

A quick start by the Huskies gave them the momentum to hold the lead to a 25-22 win. The closest the WolfPack came in the set was 24-22 when a Jesse Bazergui attack froze the Huskies back line.

Fraser led the Huskies with 12 kills, while Busse and Thomson each had eight. Busse and Fraser each had five digs on the night, while McLean recorded three solo blocks and two assisted.

Brad Gunter led the WolfPack with 12 kills and Bazergui added another eight. Libero Matt Krueger had a match-high eight digs.

Thompson Rivers returns home to host the UBC Thunderbirds, while the Huskies hit the road to face the University of Winnipeg Wesmen.