January 19, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies came back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat the No. 10 ranked University of Winnipeg Wesmen in the late match Friday evening at the Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg.
The victory extends the Huskies win streak to seven in conference play and improves their record to 10-5. Winnipeg drops below the .500 mark with a record of 7-8, and ending the evening with a score of 3-2 (18-25, 24-26, 25-18, 29-27, 15-11).
Winnipeg opened the contest on a positive note jumping out to a quick 16-11 lead at the technical break of the opening set. The Wesmen continued their strong play for the remainder of the set, eventually winning 25-18. Winnipeg had a total hitting percentage of .615 in the first set, committing only one error.
The hometown Wesmen with momentum on their side won an evenly played second set 26-24 and had control of the match at that time leading 2-0. The Huskies found their game in the third set and jumped out to a quick 16-10 lead at the technical timeout. After a Winnipeg timeout with the Huskies leading 19-11, Winnipeg reeled off five straight points to cut the Saskatchewan lead to 19-16. Winnipeg was unable to close the gap as the Huskies went on to win the third set by a margin of 25-18.
The two Canada West rivals had a battle in the fourth set. The teams exchanged points all the way to 27-27 but the Huskies scored the final two points on a Jordan Nowakowski kill followed by a Winnipeg attacking error to win an eventful fourth set 29-27, setting up a fifth and final set.
In the final set, the teams were deadlocked at 8-8 when the Huskies took control of the set scoring five straight points to lead 13-8. Winnipeg scored two points on a Cameron Baydock kill followed by a block by Matthew Stubler to close the gap to 13-10. Jordan Nowakowski scored two of the final three points to give the Huskies a 15-11 advantage in the final set to complete the comeback.
Paul Thomson led Saskatchewan with a match high 17 kills. Bryan Fraser added 12 kills and 10 digs. Braden McLean had 10 kills and three blocks. Setter Chris Gilbert finished with 50 assists.
The Wesmen were led by Tom Douglas-Powell’s 15 kills. Casey Schouten added 11 kills. Libero Riley Delavau had 13 digs to lead the team. Brendan Black led the Wesmen in blocks with four. Setter Josh McKay had 47 assists and three blocks.
The two teams will wrap up their weekend series Saturday night the first match of the night at 6:00 p.m.